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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:41

Hiya KEF.  Thoughts are with you.  Life does get difficult at times 

Watering in fertiliser on lawn now.  Beautiful sunny and warm evening.

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:25

Jesse, hiya.

Did you enrich the soil or just plant there?  Just dig a hole and push in the plant?  It just isnt enough.

The old saying is pay as much for the hole as for the plant.  This means digging out a generous hole and mixing plenty  of compost,,dried car manure, etc with the soil before filling back again.  Plus a couple of good handsful of organic fertiliser.  Amd then water very well.

In addition for shrubs and trees I would add a mycorrhizal granules to the base of the hole before planting. This encourages better rooting.

Last week a neighbour.....as well as being my cousin .....planted a griselinia hedge.   He did so digging small holes in poor soil. Together we dug them up and added compost, dried manure amd fertiliser and dug generous holes.  His plants will grow much, much better because of it.

Just noticed your plants seem close to that fence.  I would plant a little further away

Raspnerries are only just shooting anyway.  Don't be too disappointed just yet because they probably will be fine.  Extra nutrition too for raspberries.....perhaps you could scrape back some soil and add a mulch of,compost!  .  

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:13

Bought veg seeds from poundstretcher once but they were poor.  I only now buy well known brands of seeds.

Have bought lily bulbs from these places and they grew but were small and not the best quality, even now when mature. For sundries.....string, bean nets, pellets,,etc., and for many other producs poundland, etc., are excellent value. 

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:47

Good,thinking djjjuk. To add plants for seasonal interest as the season progresses.  Re asters Frikartii Monch and Little Carlow are musts for me. 

I do not generally add annuals now to the perennial garden...except the following.  They look odd and better in containers or in beds dedicated to them.  Having said that annuals like cosmos, argyranthemums, etc,make a nice show if grown in threes.  They then look like perennials ESP if grown on well before planting out.....I grow them on in 2 or 3 litre pots,,having pinched them out a couple of times, so that the large plants make an immediate impact.  Dahlias too, if grown on this way, will make individual splashes of colour from robust big plants.  

Too many annuals squashed in impinge on the perennials' growth rate I think.  And they can look " bitty" ESP if on the small side

Exciting though, eh Djjjuk?  

Lifting hellebores

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:34

Cleo, take a look around your hellebores.  You are sure to see self sown seedlings.  Dig these up with nice little rootball and pot up. I try to use John innes but any compost will do.  Takes a couple of years ...maybe 3 ...to flower.  

I divide hellebores at any time but think spring is best after flowering. Try not to take small pieces and pot up in pots of a size to take the new plant.  Often you will need a large pot according to how big a clump you have.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 07:59

Plenty of warm sunshine this morning.

Not much time for gardening but will get in couple of large potted lupins, lettuce planted out and parsley pricked out 

Several cannas in large pots growing vigorously so they will be planted out soon.  Cannas are such a magnificent tropical feature from July onwards 

Azelea help 😕

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:11

Michelle, take it back and buy an outdoor variety.  Indoor varieties are not the easiest anyway.  You wanted an outdoor variety so get one.  It will be happy outside  in your ericaceous compost and improve year on year with minimal effort from you.  

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:06

Now is a good time to cut back penstemons...hard back to green shoots.  And use those pieces for cuttIngs.  Your best flowering plants will be next year....for me second  and third year plants are the best

Not sure about lavendars being buried like that.  Hmmmmmm!  Huge doubts.  Heathers yes.  Lavendars no.  Much better to buy fresh young plants with the vigour to flower well. I will be surprised if those buried lavendars survive. Please let us know 

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:58

Nice plants djjjuk

A lovely summer of flowers I think. 

Remember, spend as much on the hole as the plant so incorporate plenty of compost for each plant.  

Enjoy your planting at the weekend 

Azelea help 😕

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:18

Michelle, 

Welcome to the forum.  Welcome too to the club.......we have all been fooled like this.

Your indoor azalea is meant to remain indoors.  

You could simply put this down to experience and learn from it.  

Buy an outdoor variety from that garden centre and take your indoor one with you.  Explain your situation ....possibly ??ou may be allowed the cost towards an outdoor variety.  But get an outdoor one anyway.  Yes, acid soil is essential but is your garden soil acidic too?  Have you tested it with PH metre?  

You are not foolish ....you will laugh at this.  Good luck 

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