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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:54

More haste less speed.  

Last minute decided where to plant a dicentra spectabile.  Brilliant I thought. perfect there.  And there was a gap ...meant to be.  (Mind you I don't have gaps as such really so alarm bells should have sounded )

got the spade and fiercely started digging a hole......and dug up a dicentra spectabile. Right through the Middle.  Have potted up some segments but wot a wally I am!  

I had planted that dicentra last autumn.  And that "dicentra" I tried to plant?  Not labelled but it was a divided hellebore with shoots just emerging.  

I wish I was less impetuous at times.  

The fine weather has continued although chillier now.  

Cornwall least west set well to see the eclipse tomorrow.  Should be cloud free in the morning.


what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:41

You are right Marilyn.  Many escallonias have been affected by disease over recent years down here....they grow everywhere here.  Some hedges looked awful and dying.  just the one variety for me, Iveyii, and that too was affected.

however, I cut mine hard back.  Cut a hedge back for neighbour too.  For the most part they seem to have recovered well.

it may be the answer, viz., to cut it hard back and allow it to try and recover.

J Parkers

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:33

This is a common question Elliemac.  Long discussed amd argued here.  The fact that so many ask this question  of Parkers, Thompson and Morgan and others shows there is a problem despite some apparently being satisfied.

Parkers, for me, is awful for plants. They supply tiny bare root or tiny potted plants and usually fail to impress.  Bulbs ok.

have you a customer service issue with Parkers?  

Transplantation Shock in Vegetables

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:16

Just water.    No feed

Smog going to get us?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:12

Ok.  Unbelievers. 

Smog going to get us?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:34

Read about this toxic cloud approaching the country today.

an hour or so ago a concerned resident.....just 40 miles to the east of me here in cornwall....complained on local radio about the high levels of pollution there.  He has equipment to monitor pollution and apparently the levels picked up are exceeding safe levels.....?  

Whats the situation where you are?


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:18

Sounds fishy to me!

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:12

I have noticed the big increase in fertiliser costs this year.  A 25 kg for £25.  Didn't pay that much last year.  We are in a strange situation here right now....cheaper petrol. Cheaper food but garden plants and sundries have gone through the roof?


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:08

Oh dear, dear dear.  Is it really so cold up there?  I would send you some sun but I want to keep it all.  Sorry folks !  Hope it's not too hot out there in a mo!  


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:31

Busy morning in the very warm sunshine. Almost hot.  

Taking early lunch....cos I am hungree and gweedy 

Been non stop busy though.  fed and mulched specific plants, potted on a blueberry that is growing faster than the others, for some reason....well different variety !  And pruned it a little more. And watered plants in comservstory, greenhouse and pots outside.  And washed and waxed my car.  

Beaus mum, yes I have Star of Billion but yet to see it flower.  Got it half price at the end of last summer.  It's reckoned to be good.  For me mulching astrantias generously makes better plants.....I have a few astrantiaas and that's exactly what I did this morning.

Punkdoc, my young niece bought AudiA1.......she loves it. quite a small car but I'm over 6' and it suits me....if she will let me drive it.  Can wash it but not drive it!  

the weather makes me feel it's mid May and I need to get things done but it was a little chilly first thing this morning so..........

took Spike too earlier to beach and blue sky, blue calm sea, sunshine and mist rising in the distance was wonderful.  Have to watch out for emerging adders now I guess.  

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