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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:29

Dilemma today....being treated to a meal later but need not to miss out on lunch so got early lunch in before an hour or so in the garden.  since it is free I need to make space for a very large helping 

rain threatens every now and then but it is dry, very warm and mostly sunny. ,

planted lupins, dahlias, kniphofia, cosmos xanthos a couple of salvias and mulched to complete another border.  It should rain so planting will be well watered in 

Geum keenbutgreen is popping down to build me a pergola like theirs and all for free  so I am very excited 

Choysia Aztec Pearl

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:20

Hiya Penelope

I wonder if it's too dry there.  

choisyas like it dry but to get it establshed it needs watering.......??

Dahlia / chocolate cosmos advice

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:58

Andy, yes start watering.  Depends on the size of your tubers but I would concentrate on producing a large Bishop of Llandaff by further potting on info a 3 litre pot before planting out.  I have some in 5 litre and 10 litre pots

your  choc cosmos?  it is more tender than dahlias if anything but treated much the same

Bishop of York .....prob you need to be patient a while yet.  make sure compost is not bone dry but when you see first signs of growth water a little.  A cold frame is fine as it will be for llandaff  and choc cosmos.

How to grow lavender from posti plugs/mini plug plants

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:48

Lauriebeth, I would put them outside now.  Keep them in those pots until you see roots appearing.  Then pot on again.  I would expect them to be very much bigger by mid summer.  

If you think it will be frosty overnight drape a fleece over them.  

your lavendar will not enjoy being in the gh now 

if your plants have filled a 1 litre pot by the end of August I would plant them out 

a lavendar hedge is lovely.  I have a 40' edging to my veg patch....the smell when in full flower is "scentsational". .......oops!  I'll get my coat 

Leaf damage/ weed killer- multiple plants

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:27

Ah well!  PP has said it all . I think she is spot on and your plants are big enough to survive.  The dangers of "drift" are real.  A still day but the use of a board is advisable too.  Spray low and targetted very carefully 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:21

Rain overnight but pleasant today.  Mainly overcast but sunny now and feeling humid ....plants will love it 

might need some of your sun cream GWRS. 


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:17

Hello again nicola.....

replied on another thread but now I know it is in a pot.  Honeysuckles will not like being in a pot.....I think it is dry,,hungry and demanding to be planted in the ground.  Can you plant it out? 

Yet another query

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:13

It is up to you Mynx.  

If they bother you there are controls...but spraying now and then with water helps deter them. I control woodlice, ants around the home but leave them be in fhe garden.  Often ants are a pain on plants by farming aphids so a control is by spraying for aphids.

I would put the rock back and not worry about them.  

Honeysuckle with no flowers.

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:05


could be one or two reasons but I suspect it is too dry there.  Keep the soil moist there and mulch thickly 

soaking runnerbeans

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 08:17

Yes BLT, all beginning to look good 

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