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Non Flowering Eremerus

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:59

I think it could have been the cold late spring.  However, I have never had success with Eremerus.  They need heat amd good drainage so trying a few changes this time.

If yours is in a warm spot...and it flowered last year there....I would see what happens next year 

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:54

Simply because of the waterlogging issues I would repot now.  Make sure drainage is good though

I would cut those roots that have grown through the pot first ....enough to enable the rootball to be lifted from its pot.  Just a slightly bigger pot too....agree with Bob there....trying not to disturb the rootball too much.  

Being the crawler that I am, I'm also agreeing with my grannie Dove.  I would raise the pot and wrap it in bubble wrap or fleece.  And use ericaceous john innes rather than soil less.  I would water it in to settle it and then leave it until next spring when you can begin watering again.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:40

Marmalade bread  and butter pudding........yum yum 

I'm in st Ives bay area folks.  Just half a mile from the sea itself but few mins from the dunes.

Hiya mrs garden.  iPad came today.  Decided to give it to my niece for Xmas instead although she doesnt know yet  So the beach photo was taken on my phone.   She hasnt done badly today.....her new iPhone arrived just a few minutes before the iPad.  I would love to be a "kid" today with all these gadgets   No doubt there's a function on the iPhone that makes scrumping  apples easier 

It really was lovely today....hope most of you enjoyed decent weather too.......and because it's out of season it was nice n quiet.  


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 17:53

Evening everyone

Beautiful day today. Sat on the dunes overlooking the beach amd it was WARM   Took photo of the beach .....may post on camera corner if good quality.  

Finished my bonfire ......smoke drifted a little despite lack of wind so I apologised to my neighbour.  She had  her washing out.......oops!     But it's ok because I had taken my own in   (will have to wash my clothes tho as they stink of smoke.  Hope my neighbour doesn't have a fire tomorrow!!). 

Will get cold tonight    But....sunny again tomorrow 

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 13:03

Hello Simon and shelley

I think it will look good.  I would at least instal  a pump.  Moving water is relaxing.  Three fountains?  It's growing on me   Any lights ....either in the fountains or stream edge?  Hey!  I'm even getting excited....would get involved if I lived nearby 

So, patio first.  The stream second. The rest can follow....viz., seating area, plants etc

Maybe post a picture or two as things progress?

Re your dog.  If anything like mine he will use the bridges.  He will just copy you 



Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:39

Hello artjak

Any figs larger than a pea should be removed because its assumed they won't make it,through the winter.  However, I would fleece and have optimism.  I would actually double fleece.  

Figs start one year....those tiny figs.....and then,'if they survive winter, start to grow again in spring to produce a crop in mid to late summer.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 08:38

Cold last night.  Sunny, dry, no wind.  Forecast 9 or maybe 10 today. Looks like a nice spell of weather ahead.

Will erect a small temporary polytunnel over the weekend to keep plants in pots dry over winter. Greenhouse, albeit a small one, and conservatory full of plants.  Always find winter difficult to overwinter plants making sure some do not dry out too much yet still keeping others dry.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 00:09

Temp tonight going down to 4 but rising to 9 tomorrow in the sunshine.  Yep, dry n sunny tomorrow     Dry today and got some things sorted in the garden


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 00:05

Hiya 4thPanda.  Get to sleep 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 00:03

Buy good perennials now.  Often in GC they are on offer to make space for Xmas products.  On line buy them as smallish.....1 litre....plants to grow on next spring.  Many perennials can be divided now and potted up to make good size plants next Summer. After Xmas my GC will be selling perennials in 9 cm pots...lupins, delphiniums, etc etc ......that I immediately pot on to produce full size flowering plants for summer.  They cost about £1 30 per plant.  I  divided many of my own already.  I have scores of plants growing away that cost me nothing, however, there is nothing  wrong in buying something new for your garden, or something special.  As already said plants can be  very good value.  I too am a non smoker and drink very little.  plants can be purchased economically if you look around

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