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Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 20:43

Great minds Zombie!  

Interesting idea Stacey re costa.  I might just ask for some.  Best around acid lovers I think.

Monarda care

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:57

Hiya stacey

Well. Monardas are one of the few plants I dont grow.....I know several on the forum do.  I have avoided growing them because they are susceptible to mildew.  However, I  intend to grow a few varieties next them over winter now.  

I do know how to grow them though........they need good soil, soil that doesnt dry out too much and they will grow in sun or light shade.  I think mildew is not a problem if you can provide comditions Monardas need.

They are tough hardy plants and should not need protection over winter.  I sense though you have tried to grow them in heavy moist soil.....?  They will not like that ESP over winter.  If you have heavy soil grow them in the sunniest, warmest,spot you,have.  

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:02

Ah! Nice int it Jat?  

How to revive an appalling lawn

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:53

Sssssh!  I,think you are right fidget.   So then, ANY good lawn fertiliser will do......


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:50

Hey......dont go yet.......where's the cake?

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:49

Yes, you may be right potty.  It's become a habit for me now.  Enjoy it a lot and it's so relaxing to discuss gardening....and other matters....with such nice people.  I don't spend too long though but it is second nature to "eavesdrop" on a regular basis.  

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:43

Hello luckyVal.....very warm welcome to the forum.

Lupins seem to be attacked badly after flowering.....usually tiny snails. They do look unsightly then ( that's why I dig them up, split them and pot up.  I use the space for summer flowerer)

They should flower for a few weeks with lots of smaller flowers to come after the main spikes have gone over.  For me, as soon as the main flower spike starts to go over, I remove it, ASAP.  You will get a much longer,flowering period if you don't delay.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:33

Matty, Honka is one of the slightly later flowerers I think.ive had dahlias in flower for few weeks now but Honka is only now presenting buds.  You won't beat me up if,it doesn't flower will you Matty?

Flying Flowers.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:30

Not too,hot on my butterflies but agree there are lots of them about.  I noticed earlier as I sat outside with a giant cuppa, large numbers of bees jostling for positions around agastache black adder. A "foreign" plant the bees seem to prefer.  maybe the hot summer but they are about

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:38

Just poked my head in on the forum....busy thinking of lots to welcome to heather and margaret.  

I think it is a friendly forum here, quite relaxed, jokey at times, some of them talk about cake...just to wind me up...but, although I'm pretty "seasoned" as a gardener I've learnt a lot too from the guys/gals here.

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