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Monty - just saying......

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 19:20

We should leave Monty alone many threads have there been about him?  one minute he is hated the next his health is of concern and the next he is the most popular guy in the world.  Not easy to cope with such personal intrusion.  How would you like it?

for me he does a good job and is a good guy presenting a prog about my hobby. I don't probe into his life 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:43

Lovely day. Sun from first thing to now.....cut grass in mo. ,

out of the chilly wind it felt like a warm spring day....we are doing well so far during this arctic forecast week.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring but it doesn't look too bad 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:39

That's a shame Veggie. Get your revenge with nematodes asap 

wont post picture of my will kill me 

cosmos & gooseberry sawfly questions

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:15

Gooseberry sawfly....I use neem oil after thoroughly clearing away debris around the bushes.  Spraying soil and thoroughly drenching all parts of the bushes.  then a thick mulch.  No sawfly for me.

sanjy, re cosmos.  NO.  Too deep to plant them like this...they will rot.  However, I do pot on a little deeper every time.  I repot several times from 9 cm to 2 litre pots.  Every time too I pinch out the tips to produce very strong, sturdy bushy plants.  I eventually plant out in June and have impact making plants then. 

Currently my cosmos are in 1 litre soon as I see roots at the bottom of the pots I pot on.  At this coldish time spare the watering too 

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:06

True but if fast germination is wanted it is worth working out the best way to sow seed.  My seed, for example, will provide plants for planting out in a week to 2 weeks now 

the quicker a seed germinates the less likely it is to rot too ! 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:03

Mind you, every time I buy a plant I propagate it.  A single helenium,,for example bought over winter,soon becomes 3 plants by the following summer.  Shrubs, conifers always take cuttings from.  Perennials are far cheaper than annuals in the long run so not too expensive a hobby. 


new garden

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:58

Those heathers look like carneas (winter flowering sort) to me michelle....flowering now are they?

not sure if that is a pieris either but picture is blurred so your soil may not be acidic.

get a ph test kit.  They are cheap and will tell you if your soil is acid or alkaline.  Then you can determine what will grow well there.  So, test first.

oh! welcome Michelle.  I enjoy heathers too so nice to see them in your garden.

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:39

KEF, second year for me but I love it....unlike any other astilbe 

you will love it Hosta....bigger than others I have here 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:18

Look out for astilbe Shogun darren 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:16

Hmmmm!  I spend a lot.  Always buying plants.  Have hundreds of pounds worth of plants, quality ones too, in large pots waiting for homes.  

An obsession for me.  Was in a bargain store last weekend looking at plants....plants I ALREADY have and bigger.  

Would not like to put a price on my spending but I may be going into a partnership selling plants so I could recoup my costs.  the usp would be "quality tender plants". The english buy all the tender stuff,,lose it over winter and return the next year for new stock.  

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