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Hardy osteospermum

Posted: Yesterday at 07:59

Osteospermums really are quite freely available down here.  I have Gweek variegated.....beautiful upright variety wifh white flowers.  another variegated one wirh yellow and green foliage but name escapes me.  Voltage yellow is a lomg flowering winter hardy (down here) variety. a bright red vsriety also is hardy here.

cannington roy is a hardy pink spreading osteospermum as is ecklonis  prostrata but white.  Whirligig is another white with spoon shaped petals.  I have an excellent purple spreading hardy osteospermum, Tresco Purple  ....these will fit your criteria Steve of being "flashy" I think. 

Moldy mulch help!

Posted: Yesterday at 07:43

Not a lot you can do Wisknitcat.  I dont think it is hazardous in any way

haven't used cocoa mulch for years now. I used it as a thick mulch around ornamental planting and the "mould" developed quite quickly.  Took a few months to clear naturally but I have not used it simce.  Not a mulch I like very much.  Wouldn't use it around edible crops though.....just my suspicion about it.

Ring stakes for Rudbeckia

Posted: Yesterday at 07:20

I grow goldsturm too.  Never needs staking.  Mine grow about 60 - 90 cm and I never think about staking them.  They are sturdy and robust taking any amount of wind etc

however, if suports are ever needed for any plants I get them in early.  Staking when already in need of support creates an artificial looking appearance I think. 


Posted: Yesterday at 07:14

Hello forkers.

hmmm!  Heavy rain forecast last night but everything is dry.   Often rain passes by here but that forecast was bonkers .  It is overcast, humid, warm and rain could still fall.  

Impruneta terracotta I

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:41

Am I the only one to consider aging pots silly?  Using products to create algae.....effectively slime.....on pots?  I like clean pots...not scrupulously clean, not scrubbed just naturally looking. Yoghurt, etc., will encourage ants.....?

what do people really think that algae-coated pots bring to the garden?   the plants will usually cover the comtainers anyway.  ....??  Not for me folks 

new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:27

Purple chris, how alkaline is your soil?  Lupins do not like it too alaline so this may be a cause.

how big were your lupins?  Lupins are hardy but new plants need to be hardened off esp if planted out when frosts were about.

(not sure we need a picture of dead lupins though..? )


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:41

One issue re feedimg is to ring the changes now and then. seaweed spray seems esp good on pelargoniums. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 18:09

Exactly Mr Edd.  Just a few pellets can be very effective.  Too many and the slugs invite their mates around for a party 


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 18:07

Shelley, you will probably meed to spray 3 times during the summer.  Look for other regrowth and spray again.

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 18:03

now is a good time Meomye.  Ideally, prune a dry hedge (obviously) but just before rain.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 18:31

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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