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Nursery on GW last night

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:35

Lucky you Chicky 

however, we have a few fantastic little nurseries down here.  Keeping one or two to myself cos prices are very low and visitors not common.  I know!  Bit selfish    .........

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:32

Yes I know Hosta.   i find gigantea grows well with some moisture. have another....grow in deep rich soil; the "books" would disapprove 

determined to grow meconopsis bayleyii so will try again with it.  I WILL succeed because I want it   Books are prob right on this one, acid soil, decent shade, shelter.????  Hmmm!   Don't have that here.  Maybe not 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 10:33:04

Listless Lupins

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:20


have you planted them out too early when they are too small?

lupins have a few pest enemies that go to town on them.  Their own "special" aphid and snails esp love them

I find lupins grow beautifully fact one  I divided in early summer is now producing a purple spike already.  I grow them in pots before I plant them out;  at least to fill a 3 litre pot.  They are then strong and fairly resistant to adverse comditions.

Why go for "dwarf" lupins though?  The regular lupins are so distinctive, eye catching and beautiful.  Dwarf versions of plants often seem to disappoint me because they lose something else apart from size. 

I suggest you buy lupins in 9cm pots in very early spring....they are cheap and available in the gc's or online.  They will grow fast at that time.  I pot on then into 1 litre pots, 2 litre and then into 3 litre pots and by mid June they are soon to flower.  They will cope with snail attacks ....still check for them though....and flower profusely.

don't give up on growing lupins......wouldn't be without them here DimWit 

oh!  Final thought.  Lupins do not like too much lime.  On an alkaline soil or even on a neutral soil they benefit from a couple of sprays of epsom salts in spring

Last edited: 17 September 2016 10:25:00

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:05

perhaps it depends on what or who you read.   Just a quick look and the RHS said "prefers acid soil".   If I want something I will try it out for myself and make a judgememt.  For just over a year my molinia...skyracer from memory.... was fine but then disappeared......just like pieris, rhodos etc do when initially given local conditions but then succumb.......satisfied personally that it needed acid, more moist soil and more space. it is a moorland grass liking similar conditions to heathers.

hey!  If it grows it grows.  For me the lime...even though it is neutral here.....and moisture were not suitable.  

Oops!  Think it may have been Windspiel......( think spelling is ok) 

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 08:42

H-C, my favourite is Shenandoah.  Colouring in late summer and autumn is superb. aster frikartii  monch, sanguisorba Red Thunder or astilbe Shogun make good companions too.  

Panicums are underrated grasses ....well behaved and subtle 

molinias need moisture and acidic soil one of the few grasses I cannot grow 

Agapanthus pot bound

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 08:13

Agree and use john innes compost.   Number 3 for me 


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 22:06

Wot?  You calling me a poorly elephant LB?  


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 20:22

Can I have your autograph jad?  Would you sign it "with love"? 

Which fertiliser?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 20:02

I re seed before top dressing same time......but would not apply any fertiliser at all if top dressing.

Autumn feeding should be done before the end of September. 

Help me save my Heucheras please!

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 16:59


to prevent this in future use nematodes or Provado vine weevil killer.

too late for nematodes now so drench the soil where heucheras were.   And treat wll the heucheras you have as well as fuchsias in pots.  Next spring you can safely use nematodes

cannot use both nematodes and provado together;   Now is fine for Provado to kill the grubs because by next spring the chemical will have been dissipated.  

I tend to use nematodes now in spring and autumn.  

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