Verdun


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Value or not?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:56

today I received my order from Crocus....salvia Embers Wish.  I expected a plug but what I received was teeny weenyness!  Potted on and it will grow away but at almost £ 10 it is far from good value.  I rarely buy plug perennials but wanted this variety so........

in contrast, I have another salvia coming tomorrow in a 1 litre pot and free postage from Rectory Gardens for £ 6. 99.  The way I almost always buy online.

Embers Wish will make a decent plant by mid summer....it is a fast grower ....but I doubt I will purchase such a small plant again for such an inflated price. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 16:57

No Natalie, dont plant those begonias straight into the ground.  Place them on trays of compost concave side up just barely covered with compost.  Water lightly and pot up when shoots are growing 

RIP Ronnie Corbett

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 15:59

Just heard. Ronnie Corbett was a funny and charming man I thought.  With Ronnie Barker he made me laugh so much.   He will be missed 

Blueberry bush.

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 15:53

Ah yes Angel......net them.  The birds got a lot of mine last year. late with my netting 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:57

Hope you have better news today Dove 

my friend spent an absolute fortune at nursery today... She has no brake on her desire to buy everything she sees.  Had to remind her she already has some of her chosen plants.  

watsonias, prostrantheras including white, camellias, new (to me) varieties of aeoniums, echeverias, to name a few and all in large pots at a fraction of the prices at gc's (if they sold them)

Cut a huge conifer hedge.....15' wide.....balancing on a ladder next to gh but only a bloody nose to suffer.  It's ok folks, my friend had a girlie green plaster to stick on my nose 

warm and sunny 

 

Pots....

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:46

No, never daily Shirley   Check it weekly over the spring and summer to make sure it doesnt dry out.  Finger in the compost test is a good one...push your finger in a couple of inches to feel if compost is damp or dry 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:43

I think hellebores prefer it cool. usually relatively mild here but this winter has been exceptionally warm....and wet.  My hellebores are either large and full of flower or just emerging.  They are "confused" . Nutrient levels too depleted.  

A good feed and mulch and next winter should produce a good show 

Pots....

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:37

Shirley, use ericaceous john innes...ask at your garden centre. 

For your magnolia I would go for a heavy pot. earlier I suggested a 5 litre container but since it is a long term  planting I would go for a much bigger one.  10 litre but look around and ask for sizes.  

An annual granular feed and mulch and regular watering will be fine 

Pots....

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 08:03

The idea is to pot up into a container not too much bigger than it currently is in Shirley.   your 3.5 litre plant could go into a 5 litre pot 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 07:47

Good morning everyone 

lovely morning here 

difficult and emotional time Dove......wish you well.   whatever happens I am sure you will cope.    i think we all understand how traumatic this is 

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