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Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:40

Well, another lovely day.  

Visited my mum in hospital.  MRI revealed no damage due to stroke but she has got infection and gout...gout?  

She complained that supper was just for the men.....???  Show me, I said.  "supper menu"! It said not supper men.   Got to laugh.

Watchingmthe world cup...looks like adios holland 



Posted: 09/07/2014 at 14:09

Baby talk?????  

Serious stuff now.   My red onions are ready to be baked...pulled up and laid out in the sun, another row of lettuce planted, peas removed, stocks planted, panicum shenadoa  planted out......all in an hour.  All time I had but all satisfying.  Oh, finished picking and freezing blackcurrants.  Lots and large.  Prune at the same time.  Will feed later.  

Now, truthfully, isnt this better than nappies? 

Right issues to sort.....after a lager. 


Pruning Buddleia

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 14:01

Hello grateful deadhead

Buddleia prunimg is not really crucial.  Anytime from after flowering to spring is fine.  Do it now and you will lose flowers usually but if you leave a few branches shortened.....the healthiesf of will prob have flowers late summer.


However, I would prefer to cut if hard back now.......we gardeners do things make a nice, tidy bush.  I would give it a granular feed too and a little watering.  Dont hack it right back, although you wouldnt kill it.  

Then in autumn or spring cut it back again.  Buddleias look better pruned anyway, flower better and are sturdier. 

Dream of your wish list

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:51

Oh, Minch is similar to monch.  

Dream of your wish list

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:48

Just ordered frikartii Minch from the last one 

About frikartii monch Dove, I find it will thrive in dappled shade too.  One of my favourites too.  

Not sure I have a dream plant.....prob growing Acer aureum would be tops but soil and situation prohibit this.  Too near coast.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:41

Nice eryngiums Pete.  Why aren't they planted more often?   Check out jade frost.....lovely variegated foliage and satiny blue flowers


Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:30

Morning folks.....looking good here. Prob more than my fair share of sunshine   So sorry for those of you who have forgotten what sunshine feels like 

Got few tasks in the veg patch this morn....pull up spent peas and lettuce gone over (intended to give some to day care centre but forgot.  Waste really.  Lettuce to plant out, stocks to plant in spare veg area, blueberries and blackcurrants to pick (lots of fruit.....pruning at the same time by cutting fruiting stems)

Nice to see grasses used in last night's love your garden. Hopefully those of you asking about them recently will enjoy them as much as do.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 23:47

If this was a month ago I would say yes but's what I did with lots of flowers now......your flowers won't now appear until August.  Don't forget to water it once a week just to keep it from drying out.  

Actually ,many of the doubles like your pink delight, are fairly robust in my opinion and will send up strong flower stems for several weeks.  Dont forget to deadhead those spent flowers.


Posted: 08/07/2014 at 23:38

The red stemmed, yellow amd green stemmed dogwoods MUST  be pruned hard every spring if you want strong,,vibrant colourful stems over wimter.  Far from being " spindly" they should be thick and strong.  They need feeding in spring and kept moist too.

Maggie, your red and yellow dogwood does sound like Midwimter Fire which is slightly different.  It is a weak grower. Best to prune it by tipping I think.....not now,,it's too late....and feed and water.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:13

I have several echinaceas including Hot papaya, marmalade, milkshake, guava ice, summer sky, vintage wine, and varieties of Cheyenne,etc etc.

These all need to develop good strong root systems before they flower, kept moist in their first season, very little added fertiliser and plenty of sunshine. Would not divide in their first season either.  Can divide in spring when weather is warm but best to develop again for another season before doing this.

To remove flower stems before mid summer helps a long sturdy flower display from July onwards.

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