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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:10

Overnight rain has produced lots of growth out there.

dry walk in the sunshine though this morning

looks like sunshine and some showers today so gardening will be limited.  Expecting a plant package today.  

Pieris Katsura compact shrub

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:05

Clinches it then lubylu, if you can grow a rhodo you have acid soil 

re taking it back.....if you paid with a card the evidence is there. some gc's have a membership scheme,,like Wyevale, that will identify you.  They also give a 5 year warranty on plants. 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:01

Buttercups,,yes Sundown is tough.  had mine for several years now and its growing away this year too.  

Overwintering echinaceas too is fun n games.  I have tried so many of the new types...they have a tendency to wilt on flowering. Overcame this, with logic, research and diligence but primarily by allowing root system instead of flowers to develop.  Harvest Moon, Arts Pride, etc., etc., have been delightful but for 2 years only.

the other thing I tried was to protect them over winter but pathogens/whatever developed when they got too warm. 

The doubles seem to be hardier too 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 07:52

Aym, most of mine are pretty good for not looking down and a couple are positively upward facing.  Buy good stock ...quality every time

Plant food advice

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:32

Helen, well, not to overfeed.  your soil is acidic?  

I would ideally mix in pine bark chips when you plant or ericaceous compost and mulch well.

your bedding plants will prob prefer a more alkaline soil though so a liquid feed once a fortnight will help them 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:25

Horse manure if not too fresh will be fine GD. 

Yep,,hellebores will make massive clumps....apart from the obvious flowers they make great foliage support to the summer flowering stuff 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:22

Edd, don't know you but I sense you have the strength to get through stuff....hope that is not patronising cos I don't do that 

climb a mountain?  I get giddy on top of a ladder 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:37



Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:34

Peanuts.....can't stress this enough.  You need to build up the root system first.  Yes, they will then flower from mid summer.  Remove spent flowers as they fade.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:52

No GD, don't cut any leaves when flowering is over....remove the flowered stems to the base.

however, you don't have the so called christmas roses judging by your description.  They wont "die down naturally" but will make lots of new growth now.  Remove leaves in autumn to emable flowers to show well

give a generous feed and mulch now though 

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