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When to put plants outside?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 22:09

Neil, can you put up a cloche or get a cold frame?  Or get a few boxes and cover with clear plastic lid?   Or turn the nest down on your conservatory?

its still cold at night so your annuals will not do well outside just yet esp coming from a heated environment.

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Posted: 17/03/2015 at 22:03

Lyn, things will work out.  Just take time as it comes and not think too far ahead 

Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:10

Flower lover,,why not pot up and cloche them? 

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:53

Heatwave this weekend?,,we had start of it today 

Cutting back a Hebe

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:51

Hiya Mattc

I grow a couple of hebes......salicifolia.....that are some 10' tall.  I prune after flowering and do this by cutting back to lowest new shoots. you can cut older stems but only if to buds. 

i would also take cuttings....quite easy....and replace.  If you want a 2 or 3' shrub you can buy smaller varieties that are almost that height. Buy a replacement now and you will,have something nice in that space for this season. ,make sure you replenish your soil well



Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:57

Brilliant news Matty 

been almost hot today, esp in my garden at lunchtime.  Temps recorded at 16.  Glorious.  

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Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:36

Excellent Lyn. 


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:30

.........I'LL HAVE DOVE'S CAKE .....for you 

beautifully sunny now.  In the garden its gloriously warm.  Top dressed permanent plants in pots, sown peas, removed spent flower heads from early hellebores, cut back some evergreen foliage subjects and replanted another hellebore. Mulched a few more hellebores that have gone blood and bone and comcentrated manure "diluted" with mpc

The weather is making me eager to get on with the garden but best not to rush things. 

Got a perennial that's given up on me...only purchased last autumn (gaillardia really should have been planted this spring but tried it anyway to see how it copes over winter).  It's got a growth guarantee so will get refund in a day or so.

no news yet of my rose delivery but sure it will arrive in next hour or so.  It will get the best conditions enriched soil, fertiliser, mycchorizal fungi and sun.......possible to do well here.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:18

Hello david.  Welcome.

You have done well.....maybe too well.  12 inches tall.  are they in a warm room?  

Hostas are very hardy but mostly they  are only just emerging.  I would take them outside during the day and bring them into a cold greenhouse at night simply because those long leaves are probably very soft and need hardening off.....I.e. They need to get used to outside conditions gradually or they will suffer.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 07:57

Pruning, if not already done, and feeding.  Bit  early for rose clear etc.

not a rose expert though

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