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stocks

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 09:05

Rose mummy,

There are some lovely lomg flowerIng varieties around now....Rozanne, for example, and Orion that are both blue.  Purple pillow is delightful.  Ann Folkard is magenta with  lime yellow leaves.  and a unique variety called Elke.   

Rubbish mpc

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:59

I know there have been a few threads about mpc but I have noticed this year that many of them have deteriorated markedly.  Arthur Bowers mpc, for example, has so much unusable material.......perhaps 10%, maybe more.  I recently bought a bag of Levimgton compost boasting its "waterlock system".  It feels better and looks better but whether it's a better composf remains to be seen. Bought in 70 litre size, so slightly heavier.

I am tempted to email Arthur bowers about their compost......why isn't it graded more efficiently?  Prob won't though.  Just won't buy again.  

stocks

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:48

Rosemummy, they will benefit by being potted on anyway. They will prefer full sun.  You can later pot on again or plant out when your "geranium jungle" is sorted 

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:45

I too think they are violas.  I regularly divide them and pot them up.  Water well and keep in shade for few weeks.

Seasons move on....it's geranium/ pelargonium time now  so  winter pansies are thrown out.    I have removed stocks and wallflowers, although they were looking superb, to make way for summer stuff.   Gardeners garden with the season.   Cant be over sentimental about annuals.  

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:39

Good to hear you are back home Mike. Hope all went well in hospital. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:33

Oh heck!   Another boring ot sunny day.  All that blue sky, calm winds and heat.  ()

Throwing snails away ?  Why pick them up amd throw them?  Pick them up and dispose of them.  It definitely saves my plants by collecting them despite what expert research may say.  Heleniums are prone to slug attack at this time of the year....as are salvia patens.......for example.  Clear them now and these plamts will survive.  

Enjoy the fine weather folks 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:58

Hottest day of the year so far.    Glorious.  More to come 

garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:53

I have just been out with torch amd saline,solution picking up slugs amd snails.  I find doing this is effective. The slug, etc population is greatly reduced....at least the damage is.  Currently I grow several hostas.....all are clean, as they are most years, and it's because of 3 things.  The night patrol, the birds (I have plenty) and frogs from the pool. Oh, 4 things!  I use pellets albeit very, very sparingly in early spring.  

Planting

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 22:05

Tads, first and foremost soil must be acid.  Do a PH test if unsure.

Grow in a pot if alkaline but plants are better in the ground.  Choose a dwarf variety if growing in a pot.  The yakushimanum varieties are excellent

I grow azaleas and rhododendrons in pots and they vary from open sunny positions to partial shade.  Dappled shade is ideal.

Depends too on variety.....are you planning a dwarf variety or large variety?

They are tough and hardy and will cope with winter.  Some are evergreen others are not and there are loads of varieties and colours, flower size, leaf size, even colour.  

Re acid soil, you cannot simply add acid/ericaceous soil to an alkaline one and think it becomes suitable for rhododendrons because it won't be.  

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 12:46

Red, it's very warm....hot here now....but it's the possible cold nights that may be problem so check out the forecast for next week or so.

However,,they need to be hardened off Red. They should have been standing outside now during the day.  If you think it might get cold overnight cover with fleece.  Straight from greenhouse into the ground will be a shock to any plant so acclimatisation is the key.

(boastful me?    Down here dahlias survive all year round outside but I still overwinter most of them.)

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