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I need your advise, thanks

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:13

Trailing verbenas are excellent with upright pelargoniums in the centre.  Surfinia petunias are now disease free and many, ESP the dark purple varieties, are highly scented.  Begonia fireworks produces masses of cascading orange and red flowers for months.

I use gel crystals too and sustained release fertiliser pellets.  As early a start as possible too is useful.  I pinch back growing points ASAP and repeat a few weeks later to ensure a bushy appearance (and more flowers).  I also resist the urge to overplant......even on the tv progs they suggest we shove so many plants into the baskets but my feeling is they compete too much for nutrients and water.  I use about 6 plants including a central fuschia/ pelargonium.  Regular dead heading too helps a lot.  A newly planted basket hung in the greenhouse until frosts are over will bloom all summer


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:03

Agreed Marion.  Your thread is a lovely one 


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:01

Thanks Punkdoc.  Sound advice.  I tend to get too involved too and it can become burdensome.  Did the CAB for a while and that was very stressful ....many volunteers can remain detached but often I feel they lack empathy for their clients.  As with all things a balance is necessary

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:32

Ha ha Salino.  No, I like the look of plants as beiNg beautiful in their own right shape wise and flower wise.  Don't like the cottage garden look in most of my garden but do have an area akin to that. Many cottage gardens lack structure and performance outside summer. My garden has loads of structure, framework and colour even in the depths of winter, such as it is here.  With those plants likely to smother, etc. I allow more space.

(  I notice Adrian bloom, although he has plants smothering others, etc., a large part of his garden has plants that are not overwhelmed like this.  ) 

(always good to stir debate and agitate )


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:25

Had my interview with credit union. Undecided about volunteeering with them....good ideals, etc., but just a couple of niggling  doubts. Will let them know on Friday.  

Hiya Matty.  Enjoy your moments of bliss   Always great to plant out new hellebores.  I have so many but still want to get a new black variety in

Clarington, I grow sweet peas most years but didnt last year and missed them.  So, plants hardening off outside ready for an explosion of scentness (?) this summer.  They are worth growing I think.

Tracey, I have warned before about the "risks" of organic fertilisers, ESP fish blood amd bone. Dogs, cats, foxes etc will think something very tasty is down there.  However if you mix it well with the soil, ESP in and not on top of the soil I think you will    prosper.

Is it too soon to split sedums?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:13


You can divide your sedum now.  However, it may better to wait just a while longer amd split when you see active growth.  Actually here growth has already started so maybe with you too.

To prevent your sedum becoming too leggy cut it back hard in late spring.  Resultant growth will be sturdier and flowering won't be delayed too much.  


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 07:56

Hope everyone has good day today......lovely sky, no wind, dry and very nice 

Wont be gardening but busy incl a walk with spike very soon 

Did I do right?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 07:49

Well done Duncan. That's brilliant.  


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 07:48

Hello mike.

Hey!  No need to apologise.  Your posts are thought provoking and always interesting.  I'm forever putting my foot in it .....on the forum and generally. ,

Keep posting 

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