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Over wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:24

Have to disagree goochie.  The fleece needs to be dry...not used on its own outside.  Fleece is ideal if dry.  

Pelargoniums usually survive outdoors here too

arneil, dont fret.  Your plants wont go "mouldy" if dry ...esp the leaves....and cool and airy.    wet leaves indoors over winter covered with fleece then, yes, mouldy maybe.  Dry leaves no worries 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:17

Exactly same with me Dove 

Plant identity question..

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:14

Pennisetum for sure.  Thought it was Hamelin but it now looks like Fairy Tales if it's as white as picture shows.  I grow a few pennisetums but all are pink toned or beige except Villosum but this has big blousy white flowers 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:05

Still sunny but warmth is fading......a whole sequence of planting will follow when I decide where to put one plant.  But where?  

Looks like no northern hemisphere country will make semi finals of world cup.  New zealand, australia and south africa are light years ahead of us.  New zealand to win tho 

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 16:32

had a nice pm asking for recommendations for late flowering clematis for west wall and with easy pruning.  I've suggested some that I grow but  I know there are some real clematis experts here to offer better advice ....maybe even with pictures.  

I assume by late flowering she means the large flowered summer varieties.......mid to late summer.  

Any suggestions folks? 

Stainless Steel

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:43

Stainless steel every time.  However, be aware.  I bought a stainless steel spade and it always bent.  Took it back for heftier one.  

I'm 6' too so I look for long handles. It may look odd but before you buy helenskyblues fo through the actions of digging.  Check balance and comfort as well as strength.  

However, very few tools escape my clumsy energies.  I break everything....most recently a heavy duty personally made trowel that lasted me for years.  one crowbar levering too many 

you dont clean tools do you Buttercup? 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:36

Like tomatoes....hate ketchup. Aren't we funny Gardengirl?

Vine Weevil

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:35

Losing their lustre, browning, etc., but the "pull test" is a sure fire indicator pp.

 for me primulas and similar, fuschias and tender fuschias are always vulnerable.  With polyanthus I dig up in mid winter and inspect the roots.  If ok I replant.  If not I clean them up and replant.  They .....the polyanthus......hardly notice it 

Over wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:30

Have a conservatory full of them Lyn.  Habit really but they lack structure and gush with flowers.  But, people like 'em so........

prob go for different cool comservstory plants instead so prob be picking your brains later folks.  Indoor stuff not my strength 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:27

Night Pat 

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