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Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:52

I think Steve has said much as I did. Great minds think alike

  If onion has no smell and it seems reasonably solid then it should be fine. A scattering of fertiliser lightly mixed into the soil will help growth but do not hoe or  disturb onion plant. 

I used to feed with high nitrogen before mid summer and then switch to balanced fertiliser thereafter to encourage growth now and swelling later.  


What is wrong with my Veronica Spicata

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:44

KEF, depends on which variety you have ...mine is crater blue.  However, if you remove flower spikes as they fade new spikes will form.  Mine are yet to flower....not long....but they will comtinue all summer lomg.  Perhaps your plant was forced a little .  


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:00

Snap Bal.  what better in late winter and early spring than hellebores?  Check out the doubles too.  Some of them are really beautiful and some have dark foliage too 

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:56

Hello Daisy,

Soft?  Do you mean the bulb part?  Squishy soft?  

Onions should be in full active growth now.  They will grow until mid summer.  Thereafter they begin the swelling process so time is running out for growth 

What is wrong with my Veronica Spicata

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:53

Could be peanuts.  

I lost a convolvulous cneorum because of an ants' nest.  Soil full of channels and holes.  My soil there is very light, sandy too.  

So, to over rule my previous  advice () I would push a couple of canes around that plant, remove them and trickle hose pipe into the holes.  just to remove the ants....they don't like it up em, dont you know 



Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:46

Ha ha,,didn't really get much rain.  More humid than anything but,,yes, what we could have had has been sent into England.

In my haste just snapped off a delphinium I tied up..I'm so clumsy   Not much luck in that corner.   A delphinium jay I think...has been a womderful sight for past 5 years or more.  This year the slugs did for it before I had a chance to check it.  Got a few delphiniums but nothing quite so majestic so far.

Got a beautiful Acer Flamingo there though.  I cut it hard every spring and it gets better and bigger week by week.  Already 8' across and 5' high in pink, white, grey, cream and pale green leaves. The new shoots are bright red/pink.  I pinch the shoots out 3 or 4 times during the growing season to,produce this colour and a  dense shrub ultimately 8 or 9 feet high.  The odd....very shoot appears but I simply tug it off.  Have produced a picture of this but prob will when agastaches are at their best.



Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:49

Hiya Bal, look like Sternii type hellebores. They are different to the showy spring flowered orientalis I like to grow but I also grow Sternii ....variety itself long lost to me.

This does not get black spot, as far as I know, is very easy to grow and less demanding.  It flowers slightly differently from thick stems too. Not so important to remove these flowers but I do as soon as flowering is over to remove those thick stems.  The plant looks better for it, remains compact and avoids any tendemcy to legginess.  It will produce a nicer flowering plant next year. in addition a not pruned plant becomes increasingly ugly year on year.  

Apart from the orientalis types I also grow Corsicus....different again in having pale green flowers and pale green serrated folkage ....bigger too. 

Black polythene

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:23

Agree with Steve.  I would get the compost in in the autumn 

However, if you have acid soil I would carefully consider keeping it acidic.  What a womderful range of ericaceous plamts you could then grow there.  Apart from rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias, camellias you can grow summer heathers, pieris, andromeda, lilies and several acid loving perennials 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:09

Orchid lady, I do exercises in my car too.  Press ups amd leg squats 

Thats nice Dove, taking those plants to the Mencap home.  Plants are therapeutic I think.  I was considering Mind as a volunteer last year and it was proposed I took a couple of gardening sessions......advising, helping, etc.  

Busy morn but intended to plant out a couple of rows of lettuce later. The first produced huge lettuce.  Just had a brief shower but sun is emerging  again.  

Enjoying a lunch of cheese n cucumber and watching stipa gigamtea sway in the light bweeze.   Glad the wain has gone 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:07

I remember a guy growing aeoniums outside in his garden overlooking the beach at Perranporth.  They were huge and dominated his garden.  Mine survived outside this yesr and occasionally do.  

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