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My grubby hands

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 21:42

To keep my hands as soft as a baby's bottom I am a great believer in Oil of Old Riley.  I use it first thing in the morning and top it up frequently during the day.  At night I remove every trace of it, use a face masque by Miracle Gro for 10 mins on my hands, then a gentle massage before re- applying a generous layer of Number 2  ultra moisturiser cream.  when it is hot and a visit to the beach is called for I apply factor 90 on my hands.

everyone comments on my beautiful hands and I must say they are indeed wonderful to behold. My old mum, bless her, told me "take good care of your hands and the world will admire you"

Last edited: 18 July 2016 21:44:25

My flowers ..

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 21:23

Think you prob mean the tall blue one aym.....that's salvia patens  Guanjuato.  I will try to post a close up tomorrow but it is a favourite salvia of mine.  Sorry about the name aym....since you are not yet a gardener (your £10 fee not received yet ) .......but without its correct name you will not know what to look for.

My flowers ..

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 20:40

Sorry aym.  Trying to say those salvias are tender ones, that's all .  Don't worry we will make a gardener of you yet!  Just send me a tenner to start the process 

great hanging baskets there Mark.......

My flowers ..

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 19:12

Aym280, there are a few salvias there including guanjuato and Mic Violin Music ...yep! It's really got that name.  I will, if I remember, get  a close up of Guanjuato.  It's a more tender version of patens but twice the flower size and plant size. Prob 120 cm tall.    

Lovely colours there aym 

My flowers ..

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 18:23

Agastaches, salvias and aeonium zwarskopf 

Agapanthus has not flowered - what am I doing wrong?!

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 18:19

5 large in one pot Ms Magoo?  Prob why they havent flowered.

feed them well with high potash ....tomato food.....but look to move some of them into their own pots in autumn 

I am not convinced of the need to overly restrict agapanthus.  I have grown them in the garden in good soil where they flowered profusely as well as in pots.  Mine have been flowering for  3 weeks or more with no let up in sight 

Cosmos problems

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 18:12

Lynne, get them OUTSIDE.  They will not enjoy being in the greenhouse now....would you? 

Don't ocerwater.  Do pot on again or plant out.

you have not "overpinched" 

they will flower....they have a tendency to suddenly produce buds and then not stop 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:53

Very hot here again....temps due to top 29 in east Cornwall .   however, cooling sea breezes are making it all very pleasant here in the west so should be a few degrees less.   Would hate to be in the cities or towns today 

an early lunch ....lager instead of a cuppa methinks 

one (temporary) casualty was an astrantia moved early in the had flopped with heat exhaustion yesterday.  A slow hosepipe for an hour has recovered it.  And my pea crop is last of my peas a few days before so not a worry .  So check vulnerable plants folks..we could be in for a long hot summer 


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:34

perovskias will flop whatever you do but you can mitigate this to an extent.  

I cut back in late April/ early May....helps somewhat to produce stronger stems.  Grow without fertiliser and don't water;  grow in full sun and don't allow taller plants in their space.  Fast, free draining soil.  Good open spot.  You could grow helychrysum, artemisia powys castle or santolinas with them as long as they are regularly shorn.  However, grow perovskias close together to create a support system

the perfect solution though is buy Perovskia Little Spire.  Half the height with the same lovely blue flowers.  It's what I do now 

no, not great for pots Justin 

Last edited: 18 July 2016 11:36:31

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:21

Answered on your hellebore thread glenn 

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