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Posted: 10/04/2015 at 07:28

Morning folks 

overcast skies today.  Strange not seeing sunshine.  

Nice you are appreciated like that Hostafan. ,

impulse last night.....ordered another Agastache sangria and another salvia Guanajuato.  not expensive and they are beautiful plants 

washing machine should be fixed today.........thank goodness I can change my underpants after a week. 

Using my winter bought violas

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:21

Jesse,,violas eventually run out of steam as most plants do that flower for a lomg time.  Dead heading .....cutting those small flowered stems to the base....will prolong flowering as will extra light feeding.

When I plant out violas I cut all flowering shoots off, tease out restricted roots. feed and water well.  

If you intend to replant elsewhere I would cut hard back to encourage a fresh flush of flowers in a few weeks 

Fertilizing... Please help as it's driving me mad!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:14

Craigh, I garden with the idea of feeding the soil rather than the plants, in a way.  Bulky manures and compost condition the soil and help create the texture and goodness to grow good plants.  Fertilisers are much like vitamin pills.  They help plants to grow better but very much secondary to mulching with bulky composts.  Applying lots of fertilisers to poor sandy soil, for example, will not produce good plants.  I tend to feed most garden plants once a year and quite sparing too.  Bob has said pretty much as I see it too.

oh!  Welcome to the forum Craigh 


It's my birthday

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:25

Ah 16 

hope she had brilliant birthday Fishy 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:23

Carrots sown recently have germinated and lifting the fleece. mid next week I will thin out.  Beetroot and spring onions germinated too.

planted out hosta Liberty between imperata Red Baron, a Tiarella, a dark red astilbe (wonderful copper foliage right now), lysimachia  bougelais and carex testacea.  

Hottest day so far.  Glorious.  Forecast is for cooler weather but then hitter again early next week....yippee! 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:15

Can be a little pricey.........not looked lately but £25 approx for 100 sq metres perhaps?

at garden centres or online and they will be dispatched at correct time.  Not Something for now though

Best moisture loving fern?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:12

Primrose cottage,

ferns far better in the ground so that's good you want to do that.  

My way is to lay the fern on its side and use a saw or bread knife.......dedicated now to dividing plants ......and cut in half or in thirds..   use common sense to not be too greedy. plant out and water really well and keep watering until growth appears.


Leather Jackets

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:45


this was a perennial problem for me over the years.....well, for most everybody else too.  I used to use a leather jacket killer in September and it solved the problem.  Now,,however this product is banned.  Probably for the best if the scaremongers   are correct.

this year, September, I will use nematodes.  Apparently they are successful 

to rectify the damage already caused  simply lightly rake the affected areas and scatter fresh grass seed.  Keep area moist until germination.  

Planter/climber advice - how to hide messy brickwork?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:22

The real issue with pyracantha is its viciousness.  Very spiny and,,when established, will grow fast.  Regular pruning to keep against the wall is important.  Not nice if used often by people there.

Best moisture loving fern?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:19

Most of them love moisture Justin.  Check out what takes your fancy and see if it is happy in moist soils.  

Ferns are pretty adaptable actually.  Shade is most important factor for most of them too

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