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Strictly 2014

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:01

I think pixie will go out.  Just put a £500 bet on it.  Bet I don't win 

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:33

I grow a conservatory full of pelargoniums.....don't know why cos they aren't a real favourite of mine.  lots of colour but no form.

watering?  I watered this morning.  not too much but they were dry.  their weight is a give away on this too. doesn't get too cold here although temps will be around 2 or 3 tonight and the conservatory is double glazed but unheated.  In a warm room they will need regular watering.  

My regime is to cut hard back in September.  Every flower and most every leaf.  Stems cut hard.  Cuttings then available.  I watered well then.  Regrowth is rapid but compact and the result is tidy mounds of plants ready to burst into flower early in spring.

I also overwinter pelargoniums in a cold greenhouse. ..even a few outside.  Depending on the winter they often survive. 

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:20

Love conifers too. however, those famous "dwarf" conifers are rarely that.  Many grow and grow and grow in Triplej's case.

so, I would seriously consider removing it too.  The problem will simply get worse. in any case, at least remove the offending branches Triplej.  You wont harm the tree.  

for me  conifers need to be "trained" from small.  Need to be considered for their suitability from the start. once had 20 or 30 specimen conifers and gradually removed many of them. They  served their purpose.  I have now some,truly slow growing varieties, a few taxus that have been well managed and a couple of junipers that are annually clipped.  

People seem not to appreciate the changing foliage colours on conifers during the year.  A blue juniper, for example, provides a beautiful piece of solid structure during winter.  A dwarf cryptomeria changes from green to purple/brown and back to brightest green in spring. Juniperus Blue Star provides a small blue mound to contrast beautifully with a red carex or dark heuchera during winter.  

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:00

Nice post Fishy

used to call on lots of people when I ran a charity down here.  The stress and strains on many of them was plain to see.  The pressure to buy bigger and better than ever before and then in the New Year the worry when the bills came in.

of course we miss those no longer with us and Christmas reminds us of this like no other occasion.  But there is an air of hope and fun and goodwill

SAD?  me too to an extent.  Hate the long dark gloomy cold months. love the summer time. Problems always seem more serious in the winter don't they?  I always get outside every day and no matter how bad the weather is I always feel better for it.

its an attitude thing too though.  After Christmas the days are lengthening.  After January it's Feb with the shortest day (so easy?)   Then signs of spring appearing every day.  Hey ho.  Summer's coming 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 18:39

Try to relax Matty. we are all rooting for you 


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:52

Just note Victoria that some geraniums like it dry others like shade and even some moisture.  Some spread wide and some are cushions.  Some flower briefly and others all summer

Some fantastic geraniums though.,   Elke is superb.  Check it out.  Ann folkhard with yellow foliage and magenta flowers all summer, margaret Wilson with grey foliage and delicate light purple flowers, and loads of great blues.  Black beauty makes a dark purple foliage mound topped by the brightest blue flowers.

Tis The Season To Be Jolly

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:44

Fairy, no!  Eileen dear.    

(Used to grow a beard every winter in late teens......always catching crumbs, tomato sauce, beer froth, flies too when driving open top car. Stylish me  vanity took over come the spring.  Off came the beard and on with the tan.  Wot a poser )

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:36

How about a dogwood Philippa If scent is not too,important?  Cornus elegantissima has green and white leaves throughout summer and red stems now.  Cornus Aureus has bright yellow leaves for the growing season and, again, red stems now.  Both are easy, reliable and adaptable. Both are eye catching foliage shrubs

its here

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:32

Lovely day here.  Plenty of sunshine.  But breezy.  Not too cold 

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:55

have to agree that Belle Etoile is hard to beat for sheer scent. I have a largish one and when I walk by as I cut the grass in June/early July the smell is amazing.  Cut grass and mock orange ....lovely 

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