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Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:26

It is almost HOT......niece is sunbathing.......what storms????

Cut grass....womderful cut grass smell, daffodils and hyacinths sending out wafts of perfume and everything is shining......oops! That's the end of my nose 

And a week of it to come...maybe more 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:19

Steady on Lisa.  Impressive stuff 

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:11

Hi sam

There is no " cut off point" as such........last year one or two dahlias were,very late in showing growth. This year some are shooting and others aren't.

However, I assume your dahlias in pots were,left outside too.  It's a difficult winter to say if dahlias will survive because of the non stop rain.  I'm in a very mild area where pelargoniums and gazanias are still,flowering but dahlias with their tubers buried may have rotted this year.  I dont know yet.   So, I would say mid April we should see dahlias shooting.  I left begonia corms outside in pots and will check on those later.

Although its been a wet winter it hasn't been cold so maybe these things will be fine.

(just checked my begonia corms and they are solid and not rotten so hopefully dahlias.....both yours and mine....will be ok too)


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 08:46

If its become a riddle ............

Sun is now bursting through 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 08:33

Morning everyone.

Misty morn but warm.  Sun should break at any mo.  quiet, no wind. 

Just checked plants under polythene polytunnel and everything,looks good. 

So tempting to do so much in the garden but "slowly, slowly catchee monkey"......sorry not often I get a chance to use that phrase 

gardeners world presenters

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 00:17

Hello kevin

Well  I wish you luck in your efforts to be a garden writer.

Geoff Hamilton, I agree, was one of the best....if not the best presenter.  Bob flowerdew has loads of knowledge so would enjoy him on the tv.  Toby Buckland is very underrated as he is excellent.  Monty is very good.  Alan titchmarsh had his moments.  Christine walkden also.  

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 00:06

Hello Edd

Tongue in cheek thread really.

Envy, of course, is a transient thing.....not like jealousy which is a permanent destructive state......and often implies a hope or ambition to have something quite simple or relatively commonplace.  In the context of this thread though it is to unite us in a bit of fun.  In reality I think we all like our own gardens in the place they are and as they are.  

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 21:04

That's a shame Bob.   

This talk of not liking blue.......????   I LOVE  blue flowers. Could make quite a list of blue  flowering plants I grow.  As for associating them, well, they contrast and complement so many orange echinacea near a blue salvia, a yellow osteospermum in front of a blue flax, a blue delphinium behind a red dahlia, a blue caryopteris and geum Totally Tangerine......????? 


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:36
  1. Flamingo has excellent flower colour fairy.  There are some newer varieties with supposedly darker red flowers/inflorescences with purple red foliage I think.

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:32

Photinias do drop a lot of leaves throughout the year, in my experience.  They dont seem to like too much wind either or too much moisture.  For me they are temperamental plants.  

In late spring ...after the new growth turns to green....I pinch shoots back to encourage new red growth.  Oftentimes I repeat this in mid summer too. 

I domt think it's a nutrition thing...I think it's a physiological thing, a term I think covers a range of issues without actually naming one.  I have a sense that they probably  do better as a hedge than as a sIngle specimen plant perhaps preferring the added protection !  

Photinias like to grow tall, to jettison their lower branches, so regular pruning should help.

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