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Plant addiction

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 23:56

Charlie dimmock was a big reason for me tuning in to ground force....

Plant addiction?  Me too.  For hellebores, salvias, heleniums, agastaches, astrantias, etc etc.

Many new plants this year too.  Developing a taste for dahlias esp foliage colour and single flowers. 

gold medal at Cardiff

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 23:49

What was it for Hostafan?  General perennials or specialist plants?  Amyway congratulations to them 

Fertilisers

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 23:43

Well, I think phostrogen takes some beating for plants in pots. For sturdy growth and good flowerimg it is excellent.   For edibles in pots fish blood amd bone and seaweed extract.

Beetroot

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:31

My point is that any thinning out of cells/modules simply disturbs the unit.  Of course.....unless monogerm varieties.....Beetroot produce more than one seedling but still better to remove when established in their final position.  Just logical 

Beetroot

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:20

Best sown direct in the ground though but, no, plant out the cell/plug with two seedlings and thin out once growth is continuing.  Beetroot seedlings are notoriously brittle and easily damaged so thin out when planted out 

large gap needs filling

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:16

Hello Tilly,

Hey fidget, that's my suggestion too.  A buddleia.  It will be happy in poor chalky soil and will grow fast.  Especially if bought as a 3 litre plant.  

Senecio greyii is evergreen and will do well there...silver foliage a d yellow flowers In June and July.  

Try to dig as deeply as you can though

A favourite shrub of mine is choisya ....lovely glossy aromatic foliage and in spring loads of white flowers heavily scented with orange/vanilla.  Easily kept low too and evergreen.  There is a yellow variety too ....Sundance.  Check both out 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:08

Hey, I haven't emptied out the cabin.  Still got bags of dried cow manure in it.....reeks something rotten.  

Its been a wonderful day here....absolutely stunning weather and still is.  Intended to sow veg this morning but a visitor occupied the time.  It was nice but would have liked to have sown my seeds. 

Visited my mum in hospital...still progressing.  Much to the nurses' annoyance I insisted on taking my mum outside in a wheelchair around the hospital gardens.  She loved it.  Dont care if nurses were disgruntled. 

Planted out linum perenne, astilbes in large pots, and eryngium jade frost.

Looks like a lovely weekend in store folks 

Advise lease

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:57

Sue,

Sorry you had to try again to get a reply to your query

Many acers have suffered over the past winter because of the constant rain.  I myself have lost an acer this year because of being saturated.

Your acer with its fine leaves is a particularly vulnerable plant ....it doesn't like direct hot sun or cold winds.  Is yours in a windy position?  Can you move it to a more protected spot?

Every spring I would cut out any dead wood and trim back to healthy shoots.  

I would not feed too much either as I sense ??ou may have overdone this.  Feeding isnt a solution to damage caused by growing conditions.   Do you tend to water it a lot?  

So. I would cut out dead wood, make sure it's in a sheltered spot and resist watering too much.  Also check for vine weevils...acers  in pots are susceptible to these pests.  You can buy vine weevil killer to apply to your tree

Good luck Sue 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:07

Lily of the valley became a weed in my garden so I am trying to eradicate them.  They are not the best behaved 

They don't really like it too dry or hot, for me.  Good soil and they will romp 

what is attacking my echinacea plant

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:04

Yes I too think its slugs, prob those small things, (Dove will know what sort.) usually found under the bottoms of pots.  

I live near the Towans where sand is everywhere yet slugs and snails have not read their scripts because they do cross sand, grit etc.   vigilance is the answer and regular checking of your plants.  Echinaceas are loved by slugs right now.

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