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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:38

Sounding on good form Edd 

feeling slightly mortal old college colleague died today....cause not known yet.  Not close but makes you think.  Decided to be more tactful, less aggressive and kinder; maybe 

Infilling after stump removal

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:55

Hello the fosters

I dug out a large conifer...not leylandii....some 3 years ago.  Did it in late autumn/early winter.  Also removed an old pond in same area.

I poured in large amounts of garden compost, rotted turf, soil from veg patch, manure and fish blood and bone and mixed the lot together.  The growth has been spectacular...heleniums, astilbes,'astrantias, hostas, anemone wild swans, hackonechloa, dwarf kniphofias, imperata red baron, tiarellas, heucheras, foliage plants, etc.etc.  

If you are clearing such an area you might as well take the opportunity to  get plenty of goodness in there rather than just add soil from elsewhere.  The soil will be impoverished anyway. Think grand...a chance to get some really good growing conditions there 


Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:17

GD, have noted on calendar to do that.  Have some beauties to show too 

Lilly of the Valley

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:09

GD, you will prob find a lot more next year now

took me a few years to get lily of the valley to grow and flower.  Now I have eradicated all but a couple of clumps.  It can take over.

not sure you need do anything at all GD.  Shelter from hottest sun, some regularity of moisture in the soil...not too much....and left to get on with things 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:02

Pretoria is one of the hardier ones Perki....certainly the earliest to start growing

difficult to assess how cold it is with you Perki but a cold gh should be fine, don't overwater and if you do better to do it in the morning so compost is drier overnight.  A fleece to drape over it at night if it eases your concerns

it is fun n games cos an early start is important for cannas to flower yet you dont want wet cold compost.  

Yes, you prob are over worrying 


Posted: 28/04/2016 at 17:30

I guess I need to post pics of my hellebores next year then....right now they are large, fresh green bushes 

......the good guys

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 17:27

Joyce, exactly what I feel now....I guess that's why I almost obsessively try to persuade folk to buy bigger plants.  NOW is just as important as next year.

an old college buddy (we boxed together) died today.....we don't yet know why but a bloomin' shock cos we aint that old. 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 17:20

Perki, I would pot on all of those cannas to keep them growing fast. fresh compost will add feed too.

I would not be moving them from gh to imdoors now though....keep them in gh overnight and put outside during the day.  All mine, including small divisions taken in autumn are all outside now.....milder here so wait a while for temps at night to increase a little where you are.

there are virusses that affect cannas and I think Pretoria is susceptible however I would not jump to conclusions. Proper variegation develops when plants are growing well.....e.g. Miscanthus grasses like zebrinus do not develop their gold bands until almost mid summer.  

Encourage good growth and have patience I think 

my cannas in the ground occupy several feet across with stems already quite tall 

......the good guys

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 17:02

I always pot on when I get them Zenjeff....they then grow so much more quickly 

when I speak to Paddocks they say they are always on the look out for new and interesting kind of nursery 

......the good guys

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 16:15

Zenjeff, been buying from Paddocks for a few years now...3 maybe 4 ....and they have to be the best value on the market.  Superb service...ordered on Tuesday received today. ......and cheap but top quality plants 

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