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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:16

It's not about gardening by moonlight but to do with phases of the moon.  A famous  advocate, John Harris, lives down here and he is persuasive.

However, it's not for me.  I sow and plant according to the weather, soil conditions and season.  I do fairly well.  

I think moon gardening just makes a simple, basic everyday subject (gardening) unnecessarily complicated

Its an interesting theory.  Nothing to lose by trying it.

flowers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 19:12

And then there are tender perennials. ,these would live from year to year if temperatures were high enough  ,examples are dahlias, pelargoniums,  cannas, salvias,etc. which are overwintered indoors or in greenhouses and replanted again in the  garden in spring.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 18:23

Hiya punkdoc, 

Last year was first for me with Amistad.  Someone sent me a few cuttings.  They rooted very quickly and made shrubs 4 to 5' high.  It's difficult for me to say how hardy it is but I have one plant still outdoors and young plants growing apace indoors.  Its hardier than Patens, prob same as leucanthemum and not as hardy as the microphyllas.

It is an absolute beauty Punkdoc.  Velvety inky blue with touches of purple, arching ultimately and flowering all summer. Behind a yellow mound....santolina lemon fizz, for example .....or berberis atro nana it looks womderful I think.  Not many, patens guanajuato apart, are better.  

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 17:57

Wendy bone meal,takes about 3 months before,it's usable for,plants.  So applied now it would be "ready" in April.  It's not something I use preferring fish blood amd bone. You could use chicken pellets or dig in dried manure.

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 17:52

Sorry Philippa not attractive to me.

However, many years back my father installed a pump and hose to pump out the,liquid from the septic tank. It was a weekly chore for me and my two brothers.  We had fantastic fruit from gooseberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb.  

It did stink if I recall rightly. Probably would not be allowed now.  Human waste,,albeit broken down as liquid, surely cannot be good.....???

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 17:45

Woody, that is a classy colour. 

Had spotlight south west tv cameras at foodbank today so should be on tellie tonight.  I guess I am famous now and no longer in my own mind 

Have to pot on some already re potted young plants. They are growing faster now.  They nclude salvia Amistad, lupins, salvia elegans, agastaches & penstemons.  

Spring almost here 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 12:53

Yes Stacey, haven't actually got any of the "neon" range but know of them and been tempted.  Just got soooooooo many now.

Sunny at mo.

Off to foodbank now to steal some food 

Help please.

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 12:47

White flowers on Camelias are more susceptible to browning and falling.  The position is esp important to white varieties ...they are just not as hardy flower wise as reds or pinks.  For this reason, I have a white variety in a very protected position, out of morning sun of course and protected from bitter winds.  

I had a white variety at the front,of my house few years back and even though it's very mild here the,flowers browned and spoiled. in it's new position, as already said, it's absolutely fine.  

I too am on the coast so salt winds are potentially a problem too on those flowers.  So my protected spot includes defence against sea winds

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 09:30

Talking of yellow roses.....sorry not a favourite plant for me (I know I will get shot for that).....but I once grew a scented yellow rose called Happy Child.  The rose in David's picture reminded me of it.  Would love to get it again if only for the name.  It would be for a garden elsewhere......mine seems not ideal for roses. 

Witch Hazel

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 09:21

My pallida Mollis is in full flower ..has been for a while now.

I think your plant is just settling down ...new position, situation, etc.  

Mine is in full sun buf partial shade is better I think.

Did you prune it at all flowernotes?  

What sort of compost now?  John innes ericaceous is preferable.  And I would add some dried manure too.

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