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New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:44

The lists will be veeeeeeery long.  

Freak result this year.....for example, a couple of dahlias in pots have opened up.

mind you a colder night tonight might change things 

Lawn Weeds

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:31

You can't use MY killer Meomye!  Oh! You mean Verdones...silly me   It's what I do 

Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:29

Can the help use your drive on mower Hosta? 

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:26

buttercupdays, those word fixations applied to guy I still now and then. one word makes him shudder and inclined to run away.  He also went through a time when he didnt like me using his name too much so I stopped it for a while

I have limited knowledge  compared to many here but it's us "normal" folk who have to adjust.  I find being sincere without patronising or talking in a condescing way is essential.   and being truthful. indeed as we should be anyway 

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:14

Sounds lovely gg 

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 12:12

Is it really needed this year?  I'm sure most of us have endless lists of plants in flower

we have all commented about daffs in flower.....we have fields of them. (I wonder if they will be picked or left this year.  A glut equals low profits )

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 23:07

Maureen could be or mice or similar.

yes, I would plant in pots and then plunge in the border when about to flower.

or plant with a wire mesh above them in the ground 

Hosepipe ban

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:41

Be wonderful if the summer is that good David 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:39

Runny, totally agree with you. politicians like to look good....ABROAD.  There is nothing immoral in looking after our own people FIRST.  It's neither racist nor insular. we are just as important as anyone else and we cannot be father christmas to everybody who is needy.

we need to make our voices heard so that politicians realise they will lose their jobs if they don't properly look after our own....THEN we can help others 

well said Runny 

Rudbeckia and Echinacea - sandy soil

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:33

Peanuts, disregarding the annual varieties, rudbeckias need more moisture than echinaceas. the former grow well in good rich soil.  Echinaceas will grow in light sandy soil IF enriched with plenty of compost and watered well now and then during the summer.

rudbeckias are hardier and will cope well over winter in good moist soil whereas echinaceas will likely rot in those conditions.  

Rudbeckias, for me, will grow in some shade.  Echinaceas need full sun

however, always best to grow according to your conditions.  

Peanuts, whatever you grow improve that sandy soil.  Very few perennials will enjoy pure sand.

try agastaches.........they will love warm free draining soils that have some added goodness.  Salvia patens will be fine there.  Penstemons. achilleas. Argyranthemums. Loads more including lavender, convolvulous cneorum, santolinas, artemisia powys castle, dianthus to rudbeckias.  Yes to echinaceas if you do 3 things......grow them on in pots before planting them out.  Get plenty of compost and some dried manure in the planting hole.  And plant in a slight recess to enable generous watering every now and then.

 Oh!  And don't let flowers develop too early.  Let plants make good growth and then allow to flower after mid summer.   

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