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Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:45

Hot afternoon.  Cut grass.

Divided Tiarella.......bought last year and now have 4 good size plants that already have been planted.  Last year they flowered at least twice so expecting same this year.  to those who buy plugs/bare roots, this Tiarella purchases locally for about £6 produced loads of flowers for 2 seasons and now works out to £1 50 per plant.

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:24

....and blackbird song is lovely. 

where to put slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:21

Less is definitely more re pellets.  As Bob said, if they are under a slate or something the pellets will last longer and birds will be safe.  Besides what looks worse than slug pellets in the garden?


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:17

good luck Bob.  Seems like a good move.  Peace of mind too .

had some heavy rain this morning...prob about an hour's worth.  Brightening up now.  Even some steam rising from my car......oh heck!  It's on fire ! 

Hardy osteospermum

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 08:17

Oh sorry Steve.  West Cornwall.  

check out Croft Common nursery at the Lizard in Cornwall.  They sell a range of osteos and supply mail order I think. (They used to and think they still do). 

Because osteos root so quickly even if they die out over winter cuttings will provide new vigorous plants to keep a "permanence"

new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 08:12

Purple Chris

Lupins can be a little finicky at times, esp when young.  I never plant out small lupins...all are grown on in a minimum of 1 litre pots but usually in 3 litres.  Occasionally on my neutral soil ...quite rich soil too ....lupins get a touch of chlorosis.  The solution is a couple of epsom salt sprays and then they are fine.  

I love lupins...nothing quite like them I think. So.   Grow them well before planting out. If you buy them now they should be large plants and hardened off so you can plant straight into the soil.  They need watering at firsf but then just enough that they dont dry out. I remove flowered stems just as they start to go over ....this enables me to have 2 or 3 further flushes of flowers.

Hardy osteospermum

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:59

Osteospermums really are quite freely available down here.  I have Gweek variegated.....beautiful upright variety wifh white flowers.  another variegated one wirh yellow and green foliage but name escapes me.  Voltage yellow is a lomg flowering winter hardy (down here) variety. a bright red vsriety also is hardy here.

cannington roy is a hardy pink spreading osteospermum as is ecklonis  prostrata but white.  Whirligig is another white with spoon shaped petals.  I have an excellent purple spreading hardy osteospermum, Tresco Purple  ....these will fit your criteria Steve of being "flashy" I think. 

Moldy mulch help!

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:43

Not a lot you can do Wisknitcat.  I dont think it is hazardous in any way

haven't used cocoa mulch for years now. I used it as a thick mulch around ornamental planting and the "mould" developed quite quickly.  Took a few months to clear naturally but I have not used it simce.  Not a mulch I like very much.  Wouldn't use it around edible crops though.....just my suspicion about it.

Ring stakes for Rudbeckia

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:20

I grow goldsturm too.  Never needs staking.  Mine grow about 60 - 90 cm and I never think about staking them.  They are sturdy and robust taking any amount of wind etc

however, if suports are ever needed for any plants I get them in early.  Staking when already in need of support creates an artificial looking appearance I think. 


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:14

Hello forkers.

hmmm!  Heavy rain forecast last night but everything is dry.   Often rain passes by here but that forecast was bonkers .  It is overcast, humid, warm and rain could still fall.  

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