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Secret Garden

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 12:22

Ticked  passholders box?  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 12:01

Intend to cut lawns and pick some produce.....salads getting to the end now; prob another 3 weeks. 

I will be moving a group of very tall lobelia Hadspen Purple though.  Common sense says don't do it as they are looking so good.  But I want a group of them beside persicaria Polymorpha and cornus aurea where I think they will look even better.   Getting in there is a problem, digging out a large veronicastrum  will be fun n games with my size 11's  and I want it to carry on flowering. I am confident though 

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:52

Pink Lily.....anyone take a photo?  

I do it slightly differently but without the legs bit.  PL is right of course.....narrowing upward pots are a big  no for me 

Patsy I think that won't be too hard to get out.  The trowel method is a good one.  If you can do it without too much root disturbance it should not affect flowering next spring.  However if you do a bit of pruning will be needed 

Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:44

Oh indeedy Iamweedy.  

(Hey!  Like the poetry?  )

Secret Garden

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:41

Are you typing in your passcode?  

What is your weather like?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:40

Hmm, not much sunshine so far GD.  However, it is warm, dry and pleasant and sunshine is expected ....forecast for late morning but sea mist is spoiling things just a little.  Have a feeling most of Cornwall away from the coast is was a few miles inland earlier when I drove there

Leather Jackets

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:33

Did you ask for Sep 20 Dave?  I feel sure the supplier will deliver earlier if you ask.

I specified this week....haven't read emails yet but I expect nematodes tomorrow or Wednesday which is ideal for me here. 

crane flies seem earlier this year.  The rule is when you see them it is time to apply nematodes

i guess not treating leatherjackets is working with nature...i.e. providing food for birds....but keeping our lawns in good condition is part of having a nice garden 

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Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:51

Mock Orange,,before you do anything can you post a picture?

although your plant came in a 28 cm pot have you checked the root system?  Does it look congested?  If you can tease those roots out do they occupy a greater area?  (I know they will do but when spread out a 55 cm pot may not be too big)  If the root system is small you can follow the above advice. 

Olives usually have vigorous thick roots and benefit from a larger pot.  The local town here has them in huge containers. I really do not think "overpotting" in this case will be a problem. 

I would not do anything to lighten the pot either with polystyrene.  Weight will be important (use john innes) to avoid the wind blowing it over. 

If your olive looks a bit lost initially plant a (relatively) shallow rooting sun rose (helianthemum) too.  helianthemum will add evergreen foliage and spring and summer flowers.    The Wisley sun roses, Pink and Primrose, are beauties with nice grey foliage 

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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:35

Hellebores flowering all yewr round?

just think about it!  If you allow hellebores to flower in summeer and spring they will eventually exhaust themselves. 

For me hellebores are hardly seen in summer as summer perennials obscure them.  Their flowers are usually pretty dull in comparison too then.  Removing flowers helps keep foliage clear from poss H. Black Spot too. 

re dividing clumps, hellebores often sulk when divided so only do this when clumps are getting too large.  Better to keep alert to seedlings and pot these up 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:27

Alexis, your leatherjacket problem is easily sorted.  Now is the time to apply nematodes  to your lawn......I will be doing it this week.  

leaving leatherjackets for the birds to deal with is not a solution.....the leatherjackets will still destroy your lawn and the birds will make a mess of it whilst hunting for them.

nematodes are very effective.  One treatment per year is all that is needed 

Fairy, another advantage of living where you do....leatherjackets love it here esp the light soil. 

Your water butt is not their beeeding ground Alexis even though you may see them crawling there 

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