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Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:49

It's a difficult time of the season Punkdoc....we need to hardened off our plants, or make space in the GH yet the weather can change so quickly and ruin or check young plants. I have scores of plants in pots now in large pots and they are ready to be planted but in colder areas it's still a bit risky.  hope your seedlings are ok. 

Had a quick look round a local nursery this am......don't know why cos I have an excess of plants.....and prices have soared.   Used to take lots more cuttings than I do now but I will need to start doing that again to save myself a few pennies.  Checked out a few argyranthemums but they were root bound and leggy and not worth the money so offered less.  Not accepted though but I'm ok about that.

some heavy showers and windy but sunny too at times and feeling,pretty warm.  Plants will love it.  

What plants for herbaceous border

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:43

Hiya jenny

For foliage colour as  well as late summer flowers check out acteas.  Womderful architectural shape and red/brown leaves.  Would love heavy soil. Aconitums too would like it there. Astilbes and astrantias like heavy soil.  

I currently have geum Totally  Tangerine in flower. It will flower for months in a delightful orange colour.  Get aster frikartii monch alongside and you will have a lomg flowering orange and blue association.

There are some fantastic orange echinaceas now but you will need to improve drainage locally for them a little.  

Coreopsis too....yellows, reds and orange yellow.  

For your orange/yellow scheme consider spireas like goldflame.  Orange new shoots on yellow foliage.  Pink flowers but I cut back a little to encourage brilliant foliage.  Yellow and even orange foliage on Heucheras all year round.  

Yellow and orange bulbs like daffodils,tulips and lilies will add splashes of colour


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:10

Have good day Woody 

geranium Wargrave pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:06

Hiya Susan

This is an old reliable variety.  One that I grow in poor soil places.  

Could be over fed....maybe too close to crown.....or simply too wet.  caterpillars have been a problem over recent years with geraniums but it's a little early for them I think

I too would cut back and clear crown of debris and then just leave it to recover.

Dying Fir Trees

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:01

There are lots of suffering conifers down here (Cornwall) right now.  Disease, the wet over winter, who knows?  Usually when conifers start browning like this they  do not recover.  

Sometimes, as with some piceas, a form of spider mite will cause alarming foliage damage in warm dry weather.  In this case regular sprays of water resolve the situation so not all conifer problems are because of disease.....many are though, I think 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:49

Morning everyone

Wet here.  Heavy rain and a weekend of it too I think

This Chelsea chop thing.  It's a bit instinctive I think. It depends on the plant too.  If a sedum like autumn joy is making lots of tall growth now I will simply cut it back hard anytime in the next 4 weeks or so.  During summer when argyranthemums,,for example, are slightly waning, I cut back hard and they will then flower again in 3 weeks or so and do so until the autumn.  

Hmmmm!  Now hearing the forecast.......lovely 

Follow up fox illumination pink

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:44

Well, so much for foxglove illumination pink being perennial.  My 3 were superb last year, survived the cold winter of 13 and flowered all summer.  The wet did  for 'em.  They are dead.

Will now claim back on them......QVC purchase.  

The wet winter will claim a lot of casualties although some outdoor dahlias are showing life not all are.  !!!!


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:37

Good luck for tomorrow Woody.  Saw GW tonight....the piece about alpines has whetted/renewed my appetite to grow them again.  

Clari, I got worms too 

Shrubs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:32

Just going to make the point Daintiness made.  Especially the pieris needs acid soil.  If its not acid keep the pieris in a pot.

Thoss plants will safely be planted now.  Just keep them well watered this summer

Garden hose

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:27

Blue (language) and yellow ( hose) make green (garden)........oops!  I'll get my coat 

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