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lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:45

I too think they are violas.  I regularly divide them and pot them up.  Water well and keep in shade for few weeks.

Seasons move on....it's geranium/ pelargonium time now  so  winter pansies are thrown out.    I have removed stocks and wallflowers, although they were looking superb, to make way for summer stuff.   Gardeners garden with the season.   Cant be over sentimental about annuals.  

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:39

Good to hear you are back home Mike. Hope all went well in hospital. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:33

Oh heck!   Another boring ot sunny day.  All that blue sky, calm winds and heat.  ()

Throwing snails away ?  Why pick them up amd throw them?  Pick them up and dispose of them.  It definitely saves my plants by collecting them despite what expert research may say.  Heleniums are prone to slug attack at this time of the year....as are salvia patens.......for example.  Clear them now and these plamts will survive.  

Enjoy the fine weather folks 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:58

Hottest day of the year so far.    Glorious.  More to come 

garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:53

I have just been out with torch amd saline,solution picking up slugs amd snails.  I find doing this is effective. The slug, etc population is greatly reduced....at least the damage is.  Currently I grow several hostas.....all are clean, as they are most years, and it's because of 3 things.  The night patrol, the birds (I have plenty) and frogs from the pool. Oh, 4 things!  I use pellets albeit very, very sparingly in early spring.  

Planting

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 22:05

Tads, first and foremost soil must be acid.  Do a PH test if unsure.

Grow in a pot if alkaline but plants are better in the ground.  Choose a dwarf variety if growing in a pot.  The yakushimanum varieties are excellent

I grow azaleas and rhododendrons in pots and they vary from open sunny positions to partial shade.  Dappled shade is ideal.

Depends too on variety.....are you planning a dwarf variety or large variety?

They are tough and hardy and will cope with winter.  Some are evergreen others are not and there are loads of varieties and colours, flower size, leaf size, even colour.  

Re acid soil, you cannot simply add acid/ericaceous soil to an alkaline one and think it becomes suitable for rhododendrons because it won't be.  

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 12:46

Red, it's very warm....hot here now....but it's the possible cold nights that may be problem so check out the forecast for next week or so.

However,,they need to be hardened off Red. They should have been standing outside now during the day.  If you think it might get cold overnight cover with fleece.  Straight from greenhouse into the ground will be a shock to any plant so acclimatisation is the key.

(boastful me?    Down here dahlias survive all year round outside but I still overwinter most of them.)

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:27

Morning Louise.

How big is it?  If not too big I would move and prune it now.  Often too, dogwoods produce a "suckered" plant that can be severed and planted separately.

So, if you think you can dig up your dogwood intact with good rootball, prepare recipient hole first and incorporate compost when replanting. Prune the stems hard back and water well.  Water again later.  

If its a large dogwood it's best to wait until the autumn ........same procedure though.Good luck 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:19

......and show some pics please 

Help

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:17

Could we have a longer picture John? 

I think Fairy's suggestion makes sense down there. 

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