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Feeling deflated as a first gardener

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:41

We push things at this time of year because the time is going fast.  Suddenly it will be late spring and we will moan because we are late. 

some common sense but some risk taking too is needed.  If we can get seeds sown and planting done and they respond well we are ahead if the game and jobs done 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:21

What an unusual year for my hellebores.  Just cut a couple down now.....sounds barmy but I don't let seeds fall to spoil my clumps.....that were huge.  purple flowers with yellow centres about 4' tall on very thick stems.  Others were early,,some hsve not flowered and others have just started.  Exactly why I don't really know but suspect the extra mild and wet winter

This year, esp, I have mulched generously with manure, compost, fish blood and bone and pelleted chicken manure plus some mushroom compost all thoroughly mixed.  I wont allow any summer flowers at all and expect super things from all of them next winter.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:12

Sunny and dry and warm out of the wind. the wind though is cold.  Right now the wind has fallen light ...ominous for tonight then with the clear skies   In the west it has been good today but the east of Cornwall has has sleet, snow and rain. 

it is quite a mixture of weather 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:01

Yes but the size they supply is impressive hosta.  By far the biggest plants and I wouldn't go anywhere else.  

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 16:59

Happycottontail, use it in the planting mix and as a mulch.

however, avoid ericaceous plants like azaleas and some perennials like lupins wont like it.  As with all plants read up on their needs 

mushroom compost is excellent though and weed free......I have had lorry loads of it delivered to use as a very thick mulch in autumn on veg patch, fruit and ornamemtal garden.  Sadly now the local mushroom farms have gone 

Pieris Katsura compact shrub

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 16:51

Is sounds very much like your soil is too alkaline lubylu.  Have you tested your soil to see if it is acid or alkaline?  Get a cheap PH test kit and it will quickly tell you.

I would take it back to the garden centre....they will replace or refund.  

If your aoil is alkaline plant your replacement in a pot using john innes ericaceous number 3.  Your gc will help you with this 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:17

For sure Anomander...but keep some back.  Slugs on toast are delicious 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:01

Where you are is like the arctic compared to here caroline .....hold back.  You can pot on though so you have much bigger, stronger plants to put out bit later.  Mine for pots are already in 5 litre plus pots 

Heliotrope Pet danger

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:44

Thanks Dave.

i grow the perennial form but I will research this. Have an old dog unlikely to eat the leaves but need to know if they are toxic 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:38

Mine are growing outside as well as in pots (cornwall) but NO caroline.  Wait a week or two yet.

heard some places a few miles further east down here had some snow is actually dry and sunny dahlias not ready for this just yet. 

I sense your impatience caroline.......I want to put out tender stuff but will wait for weekend or next week 

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