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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:12

Fidget,  Amistad is hardy here.  However, cuttings are so easy.  Prob easiest of all the salvias.  I have a couple taken in September that are now bushy 20 cm plants (pinched out) in 1 litre pots. They will reach 100 cm plus and flower all summer so excellent value.  And a colour quite unlike any other.

Patens.....I have  guaranjuato, white and both pale and dark propagated here by division of you say just like dahlias.  Guaranjuato though needs drier warmer conditions and is more unreliable.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:02

Beautiful photo David.  

Lawn re-sowing dilema

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:01

Ere, I dont no nuffing about them there angles!  I just turn t'other way and sow again, like 


Lawn re-sowing dilema

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:53

Morning Dinah

No, don't sow seed as you go.  It will be messy, awkward and time consuming.

Just take your time, get the whole lot turned and levelled before sowing any seed.  The most important part is to level properly......rake and level, walk on your heels. Rake again.  Walk again.  Get that surface firm so that bumps and hollows are removed.  Get a nice tilth.  A week or so before sowing scatter a general granular fertiliser and rake it in. 

Choose a nice dry amd not too windy day. Sow half your seed one way.  Lightly rake it in....just enough to move seed but not too much soil.  Then sow seed from opposite direction.  Rake again...lightly.  

Water in gently.  

If the area is not too big a covering of fleece will help keep off birds, pests and retain some moisture.

Sowing seed next month is good.  Your lawn will grow rapidly from then.m

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:42

Hee hee hee 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:37

Not too bad this morning ....more rain later I think but much warmer tomorrow and onward. 

Potted on heleniums that arrived yesterday into 2 litre pots and they are raring to go/grow.  Hard to imagine them flowering their socks off at a height of 4' plus in the summer but they will.

So many plants in 1, 2 and 3 litre pots....tender stuff.....wanting to be planted out.

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:28

Yes m'dear.  I'm hoping I will get one of those there telegrammy things on my hundredth birthday later this year.  Someone has promised me a new zimmer frame too.  The one I want has the gofaster stripes and chrome wing mirrors.  Ooo, I'm so excited now ...I could suck a carrot 


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:38

MrsGarden, go for Moreheim Beauty.  It flowers for a very long time at a height of 4' plus.  I suggest you plant it...or most the back of the border.  A plant like aster frikartii Monch or a dark leaf dahlia or salvia Amistad  would complement perfectly.  


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:31

Mrs garden, heleniums are little bit different to rudbekias.  

Heleniums come in wonderful Oranges, yellows, browns, reds etc. and flower for lomg time.  Earlier too than rudbekias and much taller.  I guess rudbekias are a little like echinaceas in that they are "cone"flowers.  Different comditions required, echinaceas usually flower earlier and in a wider range of colours but  check out the latest varieties. They are sensational but not too easy sometimes 


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:11

Orchid lady.....just take a look at salvias, ESP the blue varieties.  You will be addicted to them too.  And then there are heleniums...grow one and you will want more. And agastaches, and echinaceas, and ........

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