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Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:28

Morning chatterboxes

looking good weatherwise. 

Some important business this morning but hope to cut the grass again this afternoon and pot up more freesias.  May plant my clem. Sieboldii florida too....needs to be done now asap 

Can i mix topsoil and clay?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:23

Mark, I would not use clay as a top dressing.  You need fine soil to filter through the grass.  The clay will become slimey and form a surface that grass or you will not like.  I will be top dressing again in next week or two....for me a mixture of my own sieved soil (sandy loam) and fine mpc.  I use a wide lute to brush the mixture through the grass.....with clay this would be impossible 

If you were preparing soil for a lawn you could mix your clay with it providing it does break up. 


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:10

No B3, no special treatment.

5 or 7 around the rim of a pot. if you add 25% or so of perlite to mpc they root fast.  Polythene bag on a warm windowsill is fine.  

Fuschia Division

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:07

Interesting question musher

well, I have divided fuschias.  Dug them up and usually found a piece or two I can pull apart.  Esp with Genii which seems easier for this than most.  Bit drastic to dig up a hardy fuschia just to propagate it.....fine if you intend moving it.  

however, cuttings are so easy.  And if you mulch regularly they will layer themselves.  Cuttings from just about any part of the stem will root 

Hardy fuschias are so resilient though....they seem to respond to whatever you do to them. 

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:01

Cambridgerose has given excellent advice there 

for camellias in the ground they are easy and need very little attention.  They do not NEED acid soil at all..(they prob prefer it) ....they are far more lime tolerant than azaleas,,rhodos etc.  A neutral soil that doesnt dry out too much is absolutely fine for them. I should 5 or 6 dotted around in soil around 7 on ph scale. 


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 06:55


penstemons are best renewed every couple of years.  For me they are at their best in their second and third years.  Best cut back now and you can use the material for cuttings.  Cuttings are easy  from spring to autumn.

slugs!  they dont seem interested in penstemons but snails, esp small young ones, have a go sometimes.

dedinitely not a shady plant if you want to see their flowers.


Posted: 11/03/2017 at 23:38

Ha ha, musher, yes definitely wrong emoticon.  Sorry 

yep, always keen to suggest plants and ideas 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 22:45


a prog based on Beth Chatto's garden would be fascinating

another from Adrian Bloom's garden

others from Dixter, Barnsdale etc.  

But I share Obelixx's view......not "inspired" by GW but enjoy it.  A glass of something with it too. 

Does nobody watch Gardening Australia?  Check it out online for another half hour a week of gardening albeit on the other side of the world 


Posted: 11/03/2017 at 22:38

Hiya musher 

yes, fighting fit thanks .  Hope you are well too 


Posted: 11/03/2017 at 21:55

Evelyn is a favourite of mine.........more delicate; less brash.  

Huskers Red is foliage a bonus but there is another supposedly better now. .   Snowstorm flowers non stop here.  Sour grapes Is very reliable.  Pensham Czar is eye catching but not easy to associate with anything else.  

Always in the sun and wel drained soil.  Not for a shady spot and I never water penstemons 

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