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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 16:55

Hiya Runny....yes I'm on good form today. Hope you are too 

love the heat    and it has to be the hottest day so much for forecast of 15 degrees less 

cut grass ...cut twice a week and like to see those fresh stripes.....and planted more salvia patens, kniphofia creamsickle, deschampsias, and echinacea Milkshake that I divided last autumn.  Achillea, think it is Terracotta, has grown over 4' and just about to flower so I have discreetly staked it

walk to the beach soon 

Complete newbie needs help

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 13:07

Thwt is fine Bernie,

the more you rake and firm it in this dry weather the finer that surface...tilth...will be.

seed is better I think now than turf.  The hotter weather makes it essential to thoroughy soak the turf regularly 

Buddleia help

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:23

Jason, don't pinch out tips......superfluous on buddleias.  

You did right by cutting back.  It will grow several feet this year but as flowers fade cut them off.  New flowers will appear until autumn.  Next autumn do the same 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:19

Absolutely stunning morning.  No wind. total blue sky.  Wonderful being out there 

early walk to the beach, quick brekkie and watered gh and pots.

planted out heuchera  berry smoothie, salvia Amistad, buddleia Buzz Ivory, delphinium, couple more gaillardias, dahlia Honka, dicentra spec Alba, ...all from potted on divisions or cuttings taken last year and all in 3 litre pots, more lettuce plants, and agastache Sangria.  Watered all in and mulched.  Pricked out latest white cosmos seedlings 

Could not wish for a more gorgeous day....lawns to cut later and more planting.....visitors allowing

enjoy the weather and your day everyone 

Is Cornwall the best or is Cormwall the best?

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:08

Hosta, talk is that the "handouts" are coming to an end.  Plus the regulations and paperwork are costing farmers, fishermen,,etc., a fortune.  

Besides if we widened the Tamar the English would have no decent rugby teams, nir access to unbeatable clotted cream and butter, unrivalled pasties, the most delicious cream teas or any decent holiday destinations 

Planting out hostas

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:04

Most of my hostas are now tall and in fantastic leaf.  Lovely time of year for them.  

Experimenting a little this year by mixing dried farmyard manure, pelleted chicken and compost for my divided and newly potted on specimens.  They grow well anyway but I am aiming for even better 

Stops Tenuissima cultivation

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:57

Keen, I divide tennuissima every year.  Small pieces in 9cm pots in early autumn give you nice healthy rejuvenated plants the following year 

Too many plants

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:54

Nice addiction emma.    Your parents must love your visits.  

However, instead of givimg them to your parents visit Cornwall and bring your plants with you

Moving/planting confusion

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:49

Exactly as Hosta does. Good rootball and keep well watered 

Complete newbie needs help

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:46

Bernie, you are worrying too much 

forget those stones...they help drainage only remove big ones

rake and firm....firm by walking on your heels.  You look silly and feel silly but it is best way to get yoyr lawn level.  Rake and firm several times.  Ditch the rotavstor.

get a dwarf rye...easily available...hard wearing grass seed and some general fertiliser.  Rake in fertiliser and sow your seed.  Sow half walking in one direction.  Lightly rake it in.  Sow the other half walking in opposite direction and again very lightly rake it.

water.  Keep it moist until germination...prob 10 days now.....and until grass is growing well. 

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