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Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:40

Can't talk....I'm grieving about Richard 111's death.  It's very upsetting.  I didn't know

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:58

For me buzz Ivory was fantastic. 

Marc, ok it could be your soil was too rich!  Buddleias usually thrive in the poorest soils but Buzz needs more than this...that's the reason for my earlier suggestion.  Many try to grow these in containers but soil needs to be reasonably moist I think.

Hopeless gardener, there are the Chip varieties of buddleia but these are smaller.   

i will post a picture of my Buzz Ivory this summer.....I posted last show you what you are missing Hopeless Gardener     (Hope it will be just as good now)


Lupin plants

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:09

 I would not do that just yet.  Although they are hardy plants they are not yet if they have recently been purchased.

this morning I potted on a few lupins that I bought a few weeks ago.  They were in 9cm pots.  I potted on immediately and now potted on again.  They are now in 1 litre pots.  Even though it's relatively mild here I still cover young lupins with fleece.  I will harden them off over the next couple of weeks and plant them out in mid April.

your lupIns will make bigger plants more quickly if potted up.  They are likely to sulk in the open ground right now or be attacked by slugs etc.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:02

Busy in veg patch in this glorious weather,  sowed carrots, beetroot and spring onions. soil is looking good and a fine filth quickly achieved.  Trimmed and shaped some evergreens that edge my veg patch too.  

Think we have just one more dry sunny day and then the rain is coming. ,we've had a nice long, dry, warm spell though.

if I can, I will feed the grass tomorrow before the forecast rain comes..  It's been growing strongly for a while now so a good feed will boost it nicely.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:45

A fig for me too. Handsome leaves and fruit 

a self fertile peach or nectarine too if you don't mind putting up a few galvanised wires. 


Lemon tree

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:39

mine has been outdoors all winter. Not suggesting that you do this pjb.  

last year it over wintered In a cool conservatory and started to look a little sad for itself.  I brought it outside, watered and fed it. 

As soon as likely frosts have gone I would take it outside and feed it.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:34

I'm so sorry Lyn.  

Clearly you could not have done more or cared more for your mum.  As you said,,she is at peace now 

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:11

Providing you have a decent size plant to start with and you provide decent compost...john Innes .......regular watering and feeding.  

Hedychiums...gingers.....make good pot plants.  Exotic bamboo looking plants that grow fast and have scented flowers,in late summer...?


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:09

Gave up hanging baskets.  All that watering.  And that finicky (?) planting up drove me maaaaaaad.  Mad I say 

lots of watering, twice a day as Obelixx said, plus feeding plus dead heading plus banging my head on them......hmmm!


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:05

They vary a bit.  Those with we fronds unfurling should have the old brown stalks removed.  Fascinating to see those new fronds. 

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