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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 16:24

Beautiful and warm day   Sun all day. 

Potted on aeonium swarzkopf and another (cornish hybrid I think) with variegated yellow and green leaves.  Potted up cascading begonias.  Pricked out lettuce seedlings and white cosmos seedlngs.  Planted out artemisia powys castle and moved a large gaura whirling butterflies.  Sat with a cuppa to ponder further plantings 

Any idea what this is?..

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 16:13

Could be anything right now Laura 

certainly been hacked back.  

Wonder if it is a hardy fuschia!  When, if, it shoots prune to just above them.

Pieris Japonica Pruning

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 16:09

Yes,,Pieris Laura. 

Cut now and you will lose those flowers. Brilliant red new shoots will occur soon.

however, sooner the better, if mine.  Enjoy the flowers then cut back hard...if you can,  leave some stems with green shoots.  When it regrows aim to prune again to outward facing buds to try and emcourage a better balanced shape.

you will lose next year's flowers though 


Hello, I'm new here!

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 11:45

Steve....I am shocked 

Laura, always good to post a picture if you can 

Hello, I'm new here!

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 11:24

May I be the first to welcome you here Laura 

it is fitting I should respond first as I am the most important one here 

Arum lily / Zantedeschi growing conditions

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 08:02

Grown them in the pool and in the ground.  Hosta, with lobelia cardinallis white arum thrive in water....remove in winter though.  Red leaves and flowers complement arum perfectly.

decent soil and added water during summer helps appearance and growth.  

Size?  They will make very large clumps and, as Hosta said, grow to at least a metre.  

Warning!  Slugs and snails are a menace 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 07:37

Morning folks 

not a cloud in the sky.  No wind.  Slight frost though  expecting a beautful day 

Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 07:33

"Pinching a cutting from a front garden" Buttercup?   As someone who has suffered from pinched losses I can only urge people to ask for cuttings. 



Posted: 20/03/2016 at 21:03

Wot you hinting at Tetley?  Are you saying you don't like slugs at all? 


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 20:02

You may well have seen grubs in the roots ogster but the eaten tops were attacked by snails and slugs. 

Use provado if you suspect weevil grubs there 

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