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Posted: 12/06/2015 at 07:16

Hello forkers

had some rain last night .....much needed too.  Thunderstorms later this morning and into the evening apparently.  Feeling very warm and dry. 

The rain has brought new growth to potted plants and I the runners seem to have put on 40 cm or so

have a lovely alstromeria flowering at about 100 of the Princess series whose name has long been forgotten.  Behind orange geum and dark blue delphinium its creamy flowers look classy

Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:34

Winter pruning of gooseberries is often neglected by me.  Will remember to do the light summer side shoot pruning though in next few days.......fruit is quickly taken whilst still green and sharp

Help with planting for narrow raised flower bed

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:29

nepeta is a plant I am increasingly fond of.  

It flowers all summer.....outperformimg lavendar.....its flowers are brighter than lavendar too.  easy, low maintenance lookimg good for momths. easy to propagate. Has none of the vices of lavendad

santolina is a silvery grey aromatic dome, evergreen, and sits well with nepeta. A nice yellow flower contrast with nepeta would be potentilla,,euryops, rudbeckia, argyranthemum, etc.

I planted a lavendar hedge for someone two years has just started flowering.  I divided nepeta last year.  It has been flowering for 4 weeks or so.  

plox problems

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:13

First thoughts ...I womder if you have an eel worm issue wildalanh.

however. Is it dry there?  Phlox needs a reasomably moist soil.  So water it well and see how it goes.

if it is eel worm you will have to destroy your plant and not grow another phlox there

Mulching in summer

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:07

As a bonus MrMustard, mulched soil just looks good, doesn't it?  You're adding some nutrition to the soil too.  

I re mulch certain plants at this  time of year and notice the difference in growth after a week or so .......for me, a definite do it MrM

Why I resort to online purchases....

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:02

Thank you Mr Edd. I am but a simple cornish yokel! 

Why I resort to online purchases....

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 17:09

last week my local gc ordered some plants for me.  He is a newly recruited plant manager there with all the associated keeness and determination.  "I can get those for you" ....he said...."10 days or so and I have a couple of suppliers too in case"

called on him today.  No joy with his orders.  "Currently unavailable" he said. "This is why I buy online" I replied

so I have ordered online....again.  Expect plants early next week.  If I ordered a couple of days ago they would have been delivered by tomorrow  (they avoid possible weekend delays)

my local gc is one of a national chain, has a "click and collect" service that sounds superb but actually is poor.  I often remind the manager I try to buy locally but online through the (good guys) is a far better option for me.

Gripe over .....even have a little rain to refresh the garden plants are coming 

VERY large plant nurseries

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:57

It's the small nurseries I like.  Quite a few dotted around down here.  The enthusiasm of the growers, the little gems sometimes you find there and the scarcity of visitors means you can wander around to your heart's content.

(I guess I may have been considered like this once.  For 5 years or so I raised and sold plants from my own stock of sometimes unusual or at least better (varieties) than the usual garden centre plants offerings)


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:37

Thundery showers possible this afternoon.  Could be a lot of rain.  But its looking far from that right now.....

Mulching in summer

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:34

Ideally mulch in early spring but mulching is great at any time 


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