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Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:54

Looking good here.  Some rain last night but it FEELS good now.  Increasing areas of blue sky.  Sunny and dry for the outlook. Soon as I say this my niece says "oh good, it's beaching weather".....well, not sure about that just yet 

Carrots, Parsnips - Manure?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:51


it's more than that...more than just being forked in manure.  They just won't be worthwhile.  By all means try it but what a waste of time and effort you will realise for yourself.

If you want to grow some decent carrots this year dig over your plot THOROUGHLY...break up all clumps of manure, remove stones and create as fine a soil as ??ou can for 8" or so.  Apply an organic fertiliser and rake it in well.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:06

Ok, as suggested earlier, this is your ENVY thread to tease, wind up and boast.....

I have a double purple hellebore in full flower with purple foliage.....envious?  


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:20

A new thread for plantaholics?  We are all addicts anyway, aren't we?  

Ordered more plants today including a tasty single black hellebore.  

Grey, dampish day here today but not too cold.  And the garden is ablaze with colour. Suddenly it seems bare earth is disappearing to be replaced with ever more colour

It looks like most everything ...from cuttings indoors to potted shooting and survived the wet.  Dahlias however may be a different story because of the persistent rain, but I'm hopeful they too will be fine.

Heatwave a'coming this weekend folks. Be nice to me or I won't send it your way 

Carpenteria Californica

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:12

I grow Carpenaria cal in the open against a west wall.  It is hot and dry there in a mild situation in a sheltered spot.  It gets a little leaf "scorch" that is caused by wind. I have a sense that this is all that is amiss with your plant ResI.  If it did get waterlogged though it would not have enjoyed that too much.

I would not have pruned it now.......for me it's after flowering, around July or earlier.  I try not to cut into old wood but since your bush is young I would simply prune for bushyness.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:39

Tracey,  plants are always just "jumping" into your trolley aren't they?  And you don't even like em!  

At least they are good ones 

After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:11

Nut.....I LOVE yellows.  Can't overdo it for me!  But throw in purple shrubs too, blue flowers and you have a delight.  (yellow foliage is often a softer yellow too )

After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:08

Hiya Paul

Yellow shrubs I like are hypericum hidcote ..bright yellow flowers all summer...Potentillas which have pale, mid and elbow yellow flowers.  Coronilla glauca has yellow flowers often throughout the year.  Mahonias for winter yellow flowers.  Yellow dahlias,,rudbekias, argyranthemums, yellow hemerocallis,etc....there are masses of,yellow flowerimg plants.

In between, to set off these yellow flowers, blue shrubs like caryopteris, ceratostigma, ceanothus,lavendars, and blue perennials like aster little Carlow and frikartii monch, blue agastaches, blue hardy geraniums, blue lupins,delphiniums, etc.  I would add orange flowers too (for yellow,,blue amd orange scheme) like geum Totally Tangerine, echinacea Marmalade, orange gazanias, heleniums like moerheim beauty, and the like.

Some evergreen yellow shrubs like choisya sundance, yellow grasses like Bowles golden grass and low yellow mounds like campanula dicksons gold (which has blue flowers atop evergreen mounds) 

A yellow andBblue border with dots of orange would look great 

Talkback: How to grow peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:11

I grow the dwarf early types.  Have a batch sown indoors already and when they are 2" or so high I will plant out in the garden under a double fleece.  (simply to,protect from birds etc. 

Tried the drainpipe method but it's not best way for me.  Peas do transplant ...for me...without any hiccup. Mangetout etc sown and grown same way.  I use short bamboo canes, maybe 3' long, with string as supports.  I cover peas when flowering with fleece to deter,the pea moth.

I eat and eat and eat peas for weeks on end in early summer.  Delicious, sweet and healthy 

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:04

Experimenting all the time too Nut.  It's how we learn and push boundaries.

However, mike is correct about basics but scientists get it so wrong so often.  They see what they want to see, make excuses when their results fail and simply deny they can and do make mistakes.  Growing things is a very basic simple thing....not a science thing.  Understand your plant's needs and it will respond if you provide those needs 

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