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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 18:25

You''re not cursing me again are you Fairy?   Lovely, kind uman bein that you are 

Getting rid of spider mite

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:57

Simple water Cat 

where and on what are they?

spider mites do not like moisture 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:54

Totally agree about the resurgence in spring....the transformation is exciting.  Hostas are perfect example...what better new growth? 

but that  little conifer has its mood changes too;  purplish foliage in winter, green in summer but it has bright green new shoots in spring like little gems.......looks wonderful.

my roses barb.....good eh? Barb?......was meant to agitate a little ().  I have just one rose in the garden well, nice scent, it's ok but only for sentimental reasons is it kept

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:43

Really nice pleasant weather.  Grass cut.  Not blazing hot ..just very warm 

plants delivered today but wrong variety....wrongly labelled and I could tell by the foliage they were incorrect.  Anyway, quick email and photo and replacements will be sent.  .....oh!  from an ebay supplier! .  Increasingly, the quality and service from ebay has been a pleasant eye opener 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:36

Still agog but little cryptomeria will look delicious in will those roses look from next month and through the winter?  Bloomin awful 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:33

"no such thing as a dwarf conifer" says Fairygirl.......I am agog Fairygirl!    you should doubt me thus 

this is my Crypto Vilmoriniana.   been in place for 20 years........maybe 30 cm tall and wide.   never been trimmed.  also have globosa nana equally as small ?????

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:20

Potted on sanguisorba menziesii that arrived this morning....nice, healthy and cheap to make attractive plants next summer.....(far better value than any plug collection ). Potted on a cutting of convolvulous cneorum too

will cut lawns later...lovely sunny day 

The difference

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:09

No joyce.  It is on my list but only Wild Swan and Ruffled Swan here right now 

yes, both varieties are still in flower here ...since late May I think .....and will do so for a while yet.  What else flowers for so long?

i think Dreaming Swan has more pendulous flowers Joyce.  Let me know what you think of it please? 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 11:44

Heathers, like conifers, have had a bad press because they were planted in the wrong places or never maintained.  treated as they should be they are delightful full value plants

"dwarf" conifers are simply slow growing.  However, mostly they keep on growing until one day the owners realise they have large conifers on their hands

I have less heathers and conifers than I did 15 or more years ago......they served their purpose well. Yes, it was Adrian Bloom who inspired me to grow them but also to grow other perennials.  A great plantsman and gardener.  I am sure he never regretted growing heathers and conifers 

I have juniperus Blue Star ....after 20 years it still is less than a metre wide and less tall;  I do trim it occasionally but what wonderful blue foliage.  I have a couple of dwarf cryptomerias that are 60 cm tall and wide after 20 years....delightful little "buns" of foliage.  So there are genuine dwarf conifers

I have to remove a large juniper soon...15' high and almost as wide.  Wonderful eye catching blue foliage and shape that I have maintained for many years that I will miss.  Phytophthora has attacked it.  However a new planting area will present itself too so mixed feelings 

for me heathers and conifers are far better in the garden than the ubiquitous bramble, er rose.  Most people have roses in their gardens that look AWFUL....they ARE awful.  prickly, diseased and unshapely  things that need constant attention to produce the odd flower.     Who would grow these things ? 

What to do now....

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:54

Right....RELAX Sarah

first year fruit bushes will not least not properly or in quantity. So, you have had some fruit.....

a picture would have been good so we could see the size of the pots compared to your bushes.  No matter.

yes, leaves will die off is autumn.   new leaves will form in spring.  Perfectly normal.

do nothing now to any of your plants....they are on a balcony; does that mean they are outside really?  Can receive rainfall etc?

in spring mulch with some pelleted chicken manure and either add some fertiliser or feed with tomato feed during the spring and summer

there is pruning to do but that basically will be after they have flowered.  Water well from spring onwards

the blackcurrants are the greediest of the bunch and respond well to generous feeding.

enjoy your fruit next year 

Last edited: 29 September 2016 10:56:05

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