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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:41

Gotta laugh then Nanny's he going to sit down ? 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:39

B3, last year I posted pics of different grasses

from the blood red leaves that shine in the heat, to the stately majestic golden oats grass, to the wonderful blue of elymus magellanicus, to the billowing clouds of deschampsia, tennuissima and hordeum jubatum,,to the late summer flowering miscanthus to the summer long flowering calamagrostis, to the classy mounds of hakonechloa....all are tactile and garden enhancing.  Add the beautiful fibre optic grass, Scirpus cernuus that actually reflects light on its tips like myriads of little lanterns....what more could you want?

.....oh!  Did I say I like grasses ? 

Stringy Beetroot

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:28

E21, did you water them well?  Regularly?  Did they dry out? 

Beetroot like a regular supply of moisture 

My flowers ..

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:26

More HOT 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:04

No gardening but back from a quick dip......will people never learn? 

the sun is hot yet people...sorry visitors mainly....are looking like lobsters and still sunbathing.   They will be in great pain tonight and for several days . They feel the coolness coming from the sea and not realise how strong those rays are perhaps. 

Way back in aussieland we were taught to respect the sun...get brown yes.  Never get burnt 

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:52

Wakeshine, they are fine.  You won't know the exact colours until they flower, being seed raised, but, yes, as aym said, keep them 

they will not need too much warmth so outside for sure in pots...not into the ground.  Keep them free from out for the small guys under your pots.  Every day lift up your pots to check for them.  They will be there 

i think they have every chance of flowering next year but I would pot on again rather than plant out until spring.

delphiniums are certainly worth it.  I have several clumps that flowered profusely and many of them are now about to flower again...I will post pictures in a few days.  I fully expect them to flower again in late September...if anyone disagrees I will post more pics delphiniums can be full value plants.

The critical time for delphiniums is when new shoots appear in spring so in pots they will have a far better chance.  A few.....half a dozen ...pellets evenly distributed around the crowns, not too close, is effective.  An overdose of them will simply attract the blighters. 

confidence, optimism and sensible precautions will enable you to grow beautiful delphiniums.  Early staking too, of course 

Moving mature plants

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:15

Agree with Busy...if you must move the hydrangea then you have no choice kia-mena

cut it back at least by half.....I would be more brutal and cut it almost to the ground.  You will need to dig a trench all around the shrub and prepare yourself to dig up a huge rootball.  Someone working with you would be more than helpful.  

Before you dig up your shrub prepare a hole elsewhere....a big hole ......and have compost, dried manure etc., ready to mix with the soil.  

A product called mycorrhizal (bet that's wrong ) fungi to scatter in fhe hole just before planting again making sure the roots touch it. 

I feel sure it will move Kia-mena.  Cutting back the top growth is essential but trim any overly long roots too and any damaged roots.

the hydrangea will not flower for a couple of years but then will settle down to regular flowering.

the other plants will move easily 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:02

bloomin' HOT.  Luverly 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:55

Wakeshine, not really.  It would be a guess as to what you have.

Hostafan is the expert here....he grows hundreds so I think we will know 

re copper rings.......old copper pipes work well.  

Pruning buddleja

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:52

Grassyknoll, pruning does delay flowering a little....before you know it "suddenly" yours will be in flower too.

you will see your flowers at eye level or higher, you will get more flowers too by regular pruning.  An unpruned buddleia will become gnarled, woody and branches will break.

no, Grassyknoll, you have done the right will see soon enough.

post back in a week or so and tell us yours are flowering 

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