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Very pleasantly surprised.......

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:22

Gardenmaiden, they will be plugs.  Perfect for next year.  Nothing for this year.

 I gave Amistad to friend a day or two was 40 cm plus tall with lots of flowers. This was a cutting taken last autumn.  Others (planted in the ground) are 4' plus tall

my point....that I feel I should stop making because it doesnt affect me and frustratingly few take heed that one decent plant ( a fiver if you look around in a nursery) will give a beautiful impact making plant NOW.  It will also provide as many plants as you need next year.  Cuttings will outgrow those plugs.

My garden is full of quality purchased plants and their offspring cuttings or divisions.  Every plant I buy or have given to me has cuttings immediately taken.  what better value?  You yourself choose the varieties you want in your garden and not what suppliers give you.

plugs of perennials, bought at this time of year esp when sales of garden plants are everywhere, are not good value.   In my opinion.  

I will make no more comment on plugs or bare roots  ...........calm now 



Posted: 11/07/2015 at 12:15


beetroot seed can rot quite easily in cold soils....

I dont think beetroot seedlings transplant very well so sow insitu.

when seedlings emerge make sure they are well watered.  Dry hot sun is a big no for beetroot.

beetroot seedlings are brittle.  I place a fleece over them and raised slightly above the ground until they are 3" or so.

I use a seaweed spray on beetroot 2 or 3 times...they are a maritime crop and seem to enjoy this feed

good luck Logan 

Should I deadhead lupins

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 12:09

Claire, those pods are taking energy from your lupins.  Remove them and si cleanly.  Jagged  bruised stems and foliage attract snails


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 06:55

Pruning ideally in late winter/early spring Margaret in future


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 06:53

morning folks 

good luck Punkdoc...have fun 

no sun so far and feeling relatively cool.  

Very pleasantly surprised.......

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 00:16

I understood that Jo.  

forgive me spoiling your purchase....I just have a thing about plug plants 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 00:12

agastaches, veronicastrums and calamagrostis Overdam.

Hydranea roblem

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 20:21 needs more water.  Hydrangeas can take as much as you can give it during the summer.  The heat, dessicating winds and roots not yet established mean its dried out

hydrangeas need good soil too.

so, water really well...make a mound around your plant and fill with water. ,let it drain.  Water again.

mulch thickly too after ground is thoroughly wet. the feed is not really that important right now....actually can do more harm than good at mo 

Whats munching my hosta ?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 19:28


Very pleasantly surprised.......

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 19:09

...including postage Jo?

for  £14 can buy 3 full size plants from several suppliers.  At summer's end you can double or triple these plants by division and still be ahead of your plugs.  

Plugs are fine for fast growing annuals but generally not for me.

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