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Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:18

Look out for astilbe Shogun darren 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:16

Hmmmm!  I spend a lot.  Always buying plants.  Have hundreds of pounds worth of plants, quality ones too, in large pots waiting for homes.  

An obsession for me.  Was in a bargain store last weekend looking at plants....plants I ALREADY have and bigger.  

Would not like to put a price on my spending but I may be going into a partnership selling plants so I could recoup my costs.  the usp would be "quality tender plants". The english buy all the tender stuff,,lose it over winter and return the next year for new stock.  

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:08

Ok Hosta.  Got me.    Actually I have a yellow variegated hosta . liberty to astilbe Fanal.  

Lovely Joyce 

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:05

Need to make myself clear here.  Wood chips, esp fresh, in my opinion, does rob the soil of nitrogen so should be used in AUTUMN when nitrogen is not needed.  In spring nitrogen IS needed.  I think you would notice it more in young plants.

I first became aware of  this in my garden a few years ago and talking to a few allotmenteers (?) was advised to either apply in autumn or apply in spring with sulphate of ammonia or dried blood or other high quick release nitrogen feed.  (For old fashioned advice and info these old allotment gardeners know their stuff.  An hour or so in their company was a great education)   It's how I do it now and it works well for me believing wood chip robs nitrogen initially in autumn then returns it later in spring and summer with many fresh mulches

(most noticeable in veg patch with lettuce.  Sawdust and woodchip applied in spring produced slow and pale growth.  Compost or bagged chips are fine)

GD, out  of interest do you mulch in autumn or spring?  However if it works for you that's great.  

Gardening is all about learning, experimenting and being open to ideas.  I try to produce best plants I can, edible or ornamental and hope to help others do it too 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:47

is there any better spring foliage than that on astilbes?  Right now I have large copper/ red bushes accentuating yellow grasses and perennials and out showing most everything else.  I think their foliage right now is more showy than their flowers.  

(I have an almost black astilbe among yellow grasses too ....who needs flowers? 


Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:40

Hmmm,  maybe then hosta.  Always experimenting amd learning 

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:38

Pansy, the seeds will grow even if "upside down" but for speed and, I think, better plants I think my side planting convex side up is the way 

Do these bare root raspberry canes look acceptable?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:35

Max, they ARE weedy as pansy said. 

No....dont wait and see how they might turn out.  Send these pictures to the supplier.  It does depend a little on how much you paid but I would complain cos they aint great. Why wait until September...sorry fidget....that is a whole season wasted if they fail.  You want your summer raspberries to grow this season to provide a crop next year.

you will prob be sent a replacement batch if the supplier is worth his salt

 Max, if you don't complain it sends out the message that you are happy.  I have always complained and never lost out yet . An email with pictures is usually good enough for a quick response

let us know how you get on 

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:27

Lupins if they are showing signs of yellowing as they often do on alkaline and neutral soils, tomatoes, all ericaceous plants, fruit bushes incl blueberries ....actually anything really BEL that looks a little below par.  

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:50

Show Off.  Clever though pansy.  Doesnt blood get to your head?  Great headstand showoff me but never planted anything in that position 

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