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Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:40

Dove, what are you  implying?  

You mean they are choosing to keep in the warm at the slightest sneeze instead of freezing out in the garden?   Er, ...atishoo 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:37

Hiya Tracey

I can only do one day a week, or part day.  Have done more when needed.  It's an eye opener though.  It's amazing who can fall on hard times, albeit for a week or two, and simply need support.  

One young, decent guy there needing a temporary handout is now a volunteer and is now getting his life together.  

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:20

Nothing better right now.....ok, maybe my hellebores, ha ha.  Been trying to get something blue to harmonise with it.  The nearest is a tall pale blue iris that just manages it.  But I  have a couple of purple stocks that are currently flowering in front at the moment.  Actually a nice mix of scent too 

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:07

Yep Munstead is good.  Hidcote too. 

I sense you won't rush too much but concentrate on getting comditions and plants right first which is good 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:03

Evening folks

The foodbank was madness today.  Phew 

So keen to plant out my received plants today......some varieties of scabious including an unusual white, for me anyway, eryngium jade Frost, and couple of others.  However potted on instead.  

Cold weather coming? way folks  (just realised how this smiley looks like me    Ha ha)

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:55

Hiya snowyy

Yes bonemeal is organic but I would  suggest fish blood and bone fertiliser. 

Stones are ok but dig out medium to big ones.  The smaller ones add to drainage which is good for lavendar.

What variety of lavendar are you sowing seed of?  For me I would grow them on in pots until they are of reasonable size before planting out in the soil.  So, you have plenty of time to prepare your soil

You could plant out some annuals........others here are better at these than flower late spring and early summer and then plant out your lavendar in July?

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:46

Welcome Wendy.  Look forward to your questions, comments and opinions.   

Patsy you will love both of those scemted shrubs.  I think Mollis Pallida is the best of the witch hazels.  I can see those yellow "spiders" from my kitchen window ...they are fascinating flowers.  Not sure if I said hello to you but "hello" Patsy 

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:41

Hiya snowy

I've done a few lavendar hedges most others have too.

Those weeds!   Nettle and bindweed have brittle roots that will grow from smallest of pieces.  Agree glyphosate is the solution. Spray or touch up as soon as weeds  are seen in the spring.  Repeat at regular intervals during the summer.  Resist the temptation to dig these weeds out.

Soil!  Very good drainage ....I would add grit rsther than sand.  Also add mushroom compost if you can.

Full sun is best. 

I would plant when the soil is warmer, when frosts have generally gone, and I would also add a light dusting of organic fertiliser. I would plant 30 to 40 cm apart.

blueberry and raspberry plant spacing

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:58

Hi dijjuk

I grow blueberries.....4 different ericaceous compost in pots plunged in the soil. (slightly higher though than surrounding soil).  Well worth growing.  In your soil they will be fine directly in the ground. 

Bob's advice sounds right to me.  

Heck, meant to pop in here just for a moment before my stint at the foodbank so I'd better shoot off without further reading of this most addictive forum 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:51

Got some beauties well on the move now ......

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