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Shasta daisies

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 01:09

I always soak plants before planting.  Tease out the roots and let plants stand in water for 30 mims or more if rootball is very dry.  Otherwise roots will never venture out Imto the soil 

Taking Conifers out?!

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:47

Claire, yes get rid of them....I would,wait until autumn. Gives you time to work out what you would like there and it's a good time to plamt up.  

What sort of soil do you have?  Acid,,alkaline, light,,heavy?  


Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:41

Always wanted to do grafting myself Jim.  Looks super neat job there. 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:24

Scorchio still.  Possibly hottest day so far. 

Got sprinkler out.  Ground is drying fast 

Earlier talk of buying undies reminds me to get more boxers....tired of cutting up  old pyjamas.  Going to splash out on designer homer Simpson ones I saw down the market 

Had a ride in my niece's partner's beetle he built from scratch.  Wot a ride   Suspension?  What suspension?  He hit every bump on the road bigger than a pebble, it shook and rattled like a can of screws...but great fun 




Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:18

Sorry Fairy, meant to say hope oldest little Fairy is better soon 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:16

Fairy, yes I get the impression punkdoc's ahead of me in the canna stakes   I only have 4 or so varieties, I,think, but lots of very large plants.(prob 15 or so) Need to get more because they are so different ro anything else from mod summer onwards almost into winter.

On GW last night Monty potted on some cannas.  He also added 3 dahlias. ,over the top I think,because that canna will fill that pot itself in 4 weeks.  

Dove, I went for Walter Funke and Moonshine. The plants at the GC were drying out fast so went for best condition ones.  Moonshine is now between salvia Amistad and Veronica with dwarf white dahlia, agastache fiesta, linum perenne (fronting berberis atro pur nana)  and osteospermum voltage yellow to the front on the sunniest side. Eryngium jade Frost is a fantastic plant that is also in that area.

Dove, achilleas are almosf like weeds here but are good "doers". 

It is scorchio.    

 Promised my mum a walk in her wheelchair (sounds odd that doesn't it?) along a plant packed walkway overlooking the water.  Everybody smiles there, no traffic and peaceful.  Might even get an ice cream so I had better shoot off.

Did I say, it's scorchio?  


Shasta daisies

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:49

Hiya supernoodle

Yes, and check the roots are not pot bound......I.e. Were the plants root bound at planting time and did you loosen them?  

It won't hurt to gently lift them and look at the roots.  If all seems well replant with added compost and fertiliser and water after cutting off all flower stems.  

(is ground very wet there? )

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:45

Cotta, looks great. Nice plants.  It seems ro reflect the love that's gone into it which is lovely 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:57


Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:55

Curly curly, not for me.  I like to remove weeds thoroughly or, in veg patch, a combination with hoeing.  

A friend of mine does that "grazing" weeding and it drives me maaaaaad.  The weeds just come back with even more vigour.  Why take the trouble to "graze" them when it's just as quick to pull them up? 

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