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

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:19

NIce one Lavande.  We think alike 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:17

Exciting time of the year now Anthony.  Little shoots everywhere and every day more of them.  


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:13

Re Amistad.  I was lucky to get a couple of cuttings 2 years ago in the post from someone who had the plant.  I exchanged for cuttings of cacalifolia, a little gem of a salvia.  I think that's what this forum could do more of!

For those of you disliking blue you may think again when you see some of these.

Waiting for the plumber to make pipe connections.  He just turns up so have to hang around.  Luckily I can tune into the forum between various chores this morning.  Sun still shining, just 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:59

Oops.. I have to disagree.  

Why would you want to dig up salvia patens now?  If they have survived they will grow in their time and it is early yet outside.  If you are merely curious then resist.  Watch out for slugs though....they love the new fresh shoots of patens.  So, slug pellets and leave where they are

I have plants outside and inside. I suspect losses may be because of the wet over winter....

The time to dig up patens is autumn and then divide by gently pulling apart and pot up and leave in GH.


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.

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