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Posted: 17/09/2015 at 07:42

pelargoniums are really very easy to overwinter.  Keep fairly dry though.  


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 07:38

Hello forkers 

absolutely magical walk to the beach earlier......totally silent, mists rising, dry, no wind and warm.   sunshine expected

Porridge for me starts when it gets colder then all way through until spring.  Lots of gold top milk to keep my cholesterol down ().  My own rhubarb and pears added to weetabix now though.

have good day folks 




Gigantic Knautia Macedonica (Scabious) invasion

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 23:30

Jo, ao you're just a little taller than violas then?  

Always grown knautias in poor well draining soil so not as tall as poss could be but best for long flowering, less foliage ....sturdier/shorter...plants.  

In most gardens there are lots of micro climates where plants/bulbs can vary enormously in size and quality.  Echinaceas and rudbeckias for example are almost twice the size in my back garden where soil is much better than in front garden.  Lilies, on the other hand, tend to be huge in the poorer front garden.  

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 23:22

Got white watsonias today.  Ordered a few bulbs too although I have several pots of daffs from divisions made last spring.  


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 23:17


I would cut them back now. 

use the cut material for cuttings.....not too lste.  A mixture of 50/50 mpc and perlite. No, don't root prune.  However the hardier spreading vwrieties often root/layer themselves so check for this.  you can pot these up.  

Which varieties incidentally? The less hardy ones will need slightly better protection over winter

In many  areas osteos will not make many flowers now so you won't lose anything by cutting back plants now.  Besides you will need your plants to be as compact as poss in a possibly crowded gh


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 21:44

We guys do like our fires 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 21:42

There is no "best time" flowers.  Depends where you live,,how cold, etc.  pelargoniums can stay out for a while yet but watch forecast night temps.  Use your judgement though...if your gh is ready space wise then take them in.

my logic with pelargoniums though is to let them get a little cold....nowhere near,that they are tough before goimg into the gh in prep for colder times to come


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 20:06

Peter, are they going into a greenhouse?  

I cut them hard back to shoots low down.  Clean the plants by removing any trace of dead and dying foliage. lightly water if they are dry.  Cut back when you plan to bring them in.  For now you can remove flowered stems


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 18:48

Fields of oil seed rape down here in spring and summer but think it unusual for this time of year Runny. I love those fields of yellow 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 18:21

I do envy your capacity and patience for seed sowing Lyn.  It's  the essence of gardening after all but I lack it.  

think Stainless Steel is sterile..?  However, I can send you a small piece in the post after flowering though no problem

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