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Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:47

Slugs n snails eat dianthus when the flowers are out. So, out of season, they won't be touched. Caterpillars also ...prob more,pelargoniums. 

Magical raindrops

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:40

Nice....and dew on grass too


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:20

Morning Fairygirl.

Do you know varieties of cimicifugas/acteas?  Dont forget, they love moisture in growing season so get some good stuff in the soil locally.  Secondly, they improve year on year......first year not too many flowers but better thereafter.  Thirdly, they make largish foliage plants so need bit of space.  Fourthly, not too much direct summer sun if soiI is on the dry side.

Agree, it would be very wrong not to buy those discounted plants.  You are sooooo thoughtful.

Ecky thump!  Got to make tracks and it's raining................

Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:11

Addict, tend to agree with you.  Some composts, however, dry out too quickly too.  Trouble is its difficult to anticipate just how each brand of mpc will perform.  John innes,,yes, is a much better option.  Currently I have 2 brands of mpc and they are totally different. I use one as a mulch around newly planted stuff and the other as potting medium but neither is ideal.  As a mulch I improve it by mixing in dried manure.   As for potting on I regard the plant's requirements .... what conditions it prefers, etc., ......and assess individually.


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 08:50

Morning folks

Rain here.  Miserable weather.

Hey Addict!  , don't get too wet 

Seems so strange ....blazing sunshine to dark and wet comditions, seemingly overnight.

Plants enjoy it though. 

Just had email saying an order of agastaches, (new varieties), Centaureas, and heleniums will be despatched next week.  They arrive in 1 or 2 litre pots and they will remain in those pots until early next spring.  

Planting out lavender

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 08:36

Beverley, resist.  Hold them back until the spring.  You will have bigger, better plants to put out.  Your plants....between 2 and 4".....will be "lost" in your garden over winter, will simply be stagnating in cold wet soil.  For me, it's a no brainer

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:28

Nice scene bob....will you save all those dahlias?

Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:23

Those plants were small plugs weren't they 4thpanda?  Think you prob read care instructions over quickly.  As said, they should have been in 9cm pots then moved on to 1 litre in mid summer.  No. Would not plant them out in the garden until spring.  However, at that time, if they are growing well, I would pot on again into 2 or 3 litre pots.  Tall pots a big no no too, I'm afraid, for those plugs.  Small pots first, always.  Friend of mine bought some of those plugs.....from ashwood....and I potted into  9cm pots then Imto 1 litres in August, I think.   They will remain in those pots outside until the spring.  They are very healthy and vigorous.  

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:12

Hiya 4thpanda

May try and post some pics of grasses and late summer perennials.....heleniums, cannas, dahlias, agastaches, acteas, salvias, rudbeckias, etc. all enjoying the season.

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:04

We are in the lap  of the gods when growing anything.....the weather, pests, diseases etc.  however, certain rules still apply......good fertile, stone free soil for carrots, richly manured Soil for runner beans, etc.. etc.  try to grow these two crops in the wrong soil and you will certainly have poor results.

Pelleted seed is not worth it.  Time taken to properly sow the seed, then to thin is good practice that doesn't really take that much time.  You can still sow pelleted seed incorrectly....I.e too deep, too shallow....and germination is never guaranteed.

We need to understand what each crop needs to be able to grow them well......this year I completely re-evaluated my old ways of growing tomatoes,for example, (advice on the forum helped this) and my crop was been superb amd the plants themselves very healthy.  

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