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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:04

No prune this summer though.  

Is this tree on the way out?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:01

Time is too short and precious ......yank out that awful dying plant and enjoy something really nice there instead.  Why look at it suffering all summer?  Do you want to be gawped at when you're looking poorly?


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:55

Stopped raining and had good walk with the dog.  Quite bright out there now. And the wind has dropped. Hey ho! Spring is coming 

Bad news

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:46

Exactly Hostafan.  Last year I was paranoid about every spot/blemish I saw or imagined.  My Gold Standard gives me most concern as it is, apparently, highly vulnerable.  Will isolate it, not divide it or cut it or plant in the soil. (Currently in a pot)


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:40

.......or simply tie back for now and prune everything after flowering.  


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:38

Granma,  always better in the ground if you can.

have you intensively grown carrots on same plot for past few years?  Do you use fleece?  Do you maintain a regular ...doesn't have to be a high amount.....and even water supply?  Do you feed? blood and bone for me. 

I would add compost.....mpc not soil and mix top 6" (15 cm) to create a nice, friable and reasonably deep texture.  

Carrots like fine, stone free, lump free soil with good nutrient level that doesn't dry out too much.  They hate dry then wet then dry conditions as they will crack.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:30

Got soaked from a walk with the dog.  Hot cuppa and a perusal of the forum

had my share of convertibles and loved every one.  Hard to even get a sun roof now.  Good luck Punkdoc...hope you get ideal car.  

Prob pot on a few perennials but space is difficult to find.  I really can't imagine where everything will go in the garden.......I will be torn between which plants will be best in each location.  Already decided to treat someone with some quality plants associated in a new bed.  She's got plenty of compost so bed will be cleared, enriched and planned for planting in late March.  

Bad news

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:19

It's a love/hate plant.  for me a big no in the garden.  For my neighbour though, every colour possible is grown.

im aware of many more diseases ...esp viruses.......affecting more and more plants. Hostas, for example, are affected by an incurable virus that spreads easily to most hostas

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 09:33

Best wishes Matty 


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 09:26

I have just the one clump of alstromeria.  Cannot now remember the variety...tall, classy and long flowering. 

I grew  a number of varieties but they have a couple of issues for me.  They are a little invasive.  They also become dormant for a period in mid summer leaving a gap in the border.   I have overcome this by placing late summer perennials around alstromeria.

for me, good winter drainage, sunshine, good soi, feeding, regular spent flower removal and staking (if a tall variety) is the way to grow alstromerias

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Even you hard hearts......

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