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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:47

Morning Clarington.  If you're not happy go for change.  It's always scary abandoning what is safe amd known .  

No white legs down here in Cornwall lesley   Even the local vicar gives his sermons in speedos and sunglasses 

FUCHSIAS

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:39

Morning BILLYC

fuschia cuttings really are easy.  No need to wait.  Do it now.  Use mpc with added perlite or grit and insert 7 to 9 cuttings around the rim of a 9cm pot.  Water.  cover with polythene bag and leave in sheltered shady position.  In late August or so when cuttings have rooted.....you will see signs of growth......pot on into individual 9cm pots.  They can remain outside for few weeks.  Don't rush growth and dont feed. you can protect over winter with cloche,,fleece etc.  next spring pot on again.  It's my regular regime.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:25

Morning folks

Mixed emotions indeed Woody....such is life.  Enjoy anyway 

Glad tooth is sorted chicky.....no doubt your appointment was for 2 30 

Will be very, very hot today for everyone.....unbearably so for those in cities.  Hopefully cooler here, maybe 24.  Storms tonight though 

 

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:45

Agree about Flamingo, Salino.  One of the best for flower colour, almost red at times.  

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:32

Yes, miscanthus sacchariflorus.....very vigorous.   But for your requirements go for garden hybrid as already mentioned

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:52

Will post some pics of mine starting with Imperata in a day or two.

Jap3 Jacqui, that walk through grass by the lake to the beach, I'm sure it will be a variety of miscanthus.

Miscanthus is widely planted down here.....for a mile or so a riverbank locally is planted with miscanthus.  The sound of it in late summer  is magically eerie.  It "whispers" and echoes in the slightest breeze.  wonderful.  

Although individual grasses cannot provide this sound they do still whisper, they shimmer, they sway and they provide vertical accents to enhance any garden.  Not so impressive in a container they will still look good 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:30

Thanks yviestevie. Too far for me but appreciate your info. 

Fairy, have to agree Edd's joke was classy.  It was rivetting!    Aaaaaah!  talking about going back to school makes me aware summer will soon be gone 

The heatwave tomorrow will be "pleasant" for us in Cornwall......not the extreme heat elsewhere.  

 

 

Is shop-bought compost classed as mulch?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:18

Hi jennymc

You grow azaleas so your soil is acidic.  To mulch use acid compost, bark etc. You can grow some lovely plants there if you avoid alkaline mulches.  There are plants that won't like your conditions......pinks for example, will hate it.  A vast range of perennials, shrubs, etc  that like acid soil can make for a fantastic garden

Test your soil to see how acid it is.  Do this ASAP.

Have to disagree....as I consistently do...with using any membrane.  Don't do this.  It's awful stuff promoting awful, lifeless soil.  It makes moving plants difficult too.  Mulches do work well but make sure perennial weeds are eradicated first.  Leaf mould, if homemade, is excellent but beware importing it.....it can bring in disease and pest.

Hello and an Introduction

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:02

Warm welcome northernLass2

Great space........envious   Increasingly tempted to get a new, very large blank canvass garden.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

Very, very hot today.....humid. Cloudy. Nice with the dog just then though with cooling sea breezes.  Hooooooot forecast tomorrow for us all 

Saw ny mum today in hospital.  Had lovely pm from one of you guys that helped a lot.

Despite my well documented loathing for perennial plugs, I had a delivery of  echinacea plugs.  They look good, large and well packed. Slightly late delivery but nothing too bad.  Will defer praise publicly for a few days to see how they are in their new 9cm pots 

Very hectic lately.....too many calling on my time 

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