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The dangers of gardening

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:06

Minosgardener, that's sad.  However, a chance to rest up...?

tempting fate I know but I've been lucky in the garden.  Cut cables on mowers,hedge trimmers, fell from a ladder whilst cuttting a tall hedge next to greenhouse at a friend's house, and taken silly risks with all sorts of endeavours.  

Got sore hands today as well as a cut on my face when I cut back berberis darwinii today.  All those prickles ...scratches and scars ...but I'm happy to have got another job done.  I'll heal ...ha ha (please don't send me donuts because you feel sorry for me )

Plant ID Please

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:00

Exactly landgirl.  Rub the leaves.  All my agastaches have such different smells I can almost tell the variety as it shoots.

yviestevie I don't think any of those are Agastache blue boa.  It is a slow season...the cold nights....but all my agastaches are growing pretty well now.

dull choisa

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:56

Obelixx, I too use Epsom salts on most everything now and then.  yes, a great tonic.....and cheap!   Agree too with fish blood n bone.

if choisya is well established just remember it's the strong summer sun that bleaches those leaves so extra watering should the base.

your Pieris, Primrose, I would wait until flowers start going over.   but dappled shade will be better

Over Wintered Dahlias

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:26

Billy I would not have fed and watered 6 weeks ago.  Even now my watering of dahlias is careful despite lots of growth.  It's still cold at night.  However a couple of varieties are just shooting.  

I keep at least half of my dahlias outside over winter......even those have new shoots.

over winter cool, even cold, and dry suits dahlias best I think.


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:17

Looks like my cabin will be moving to Hosta's mansion.  I understand he serves cream teas too......

amother lovely day.  This week was forecast to be awful but it's been great.  Hopefully "they" have the forecast wrong for,the weekend too.

pruned.....hedge trimmed ...berberis dsrwinnii, pittosporum Irene Patterson and ribes this morning.  All trimmed to shape....They look good, I think, then when not in flower.

grass cut later ...surely it will rain tomorrow ! 

It's my birthday

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:02

Happy birthday to punkdoc's other half 

dull choisa

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 07:58

Sundance is not happy in bright sun esp in poor soil.  Your Pieris too in the sun won't be too happy.  they need some dappled shade.  I have Pieris growing in the sun but it has bleached a little over recent solution has been to feed, water and mulch.  Actually this morning it is looking pretty good.

Primrose, can you move them to a shadier spot?  Or,can you plant something on the sunny side, maybe a fall grass, to offer some shade from strongest sun?


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 07:26

Chicky, yes pinch them out.  

"The Blues"

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 23:57

Only ever had one true blue penstemon........beautifully true blue.  However it was a weak plant.  I don't think a true blue is available yet in a robust penstemon.  True Blue penstemon is far from that or Heavenly Blue 

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 23:54

Peach leaf curl is not a soil problem Mike.

Star Shaped Peg that you may not get fruit this year but feed it, mulch if and water it this summer.  Spray with Bordeaux mix EARLY next year and repeat during the spring.  Cover if you can.  Hopefully your tree will reward you next year 

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