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Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:31

Busy morning in the very warm sunshine. Almost hot.  

Taking early lunch....cos I am hungree and gweedy 

Been non stop busy though.  fed and mulched specific plants, potted on a blueberry that is growing faster than the others, for some reason....well different variety !  And pruned it a little more. And watered plants in comservstory, greenhouse and pots outside.  And washed and waxed my car.  

Beaus mum, yes I have Star of Billion but yet to see it flower.  Got it half price at the end of last summer.  It's reckoned to be good.  For me mulching astrantias generously makes better plants.....I have a few astrantiaas and that's exactly what I did this morning.

Punkdoc, my young niece bought AudiA1.......she loves it. quite a small car but I'm over 6' and it suits me....if she will let me drive it.  Can wash it but not drive it!  

the weather makes me feel it's mid May and I need to get things done but it was a little chilly first thing this morning so..........

took Spike too earlier to beach and blue sky, blue calm sea, sunshine and mist rising in the distance was wonderful.  Have to watch out for emerging adders now I guess.  


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 08:09

Morning forkers

Yet another beautiful morning . Bit chilly but warming up fast 


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:58

Wot did I say?  Who me? 

Bowles Mauve Cutting

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:55

A rooted plant by summer's end from spring cutting.   a garden ready plant for the spring.

Bowles Mauve Cutting

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 20:19

For me they are easy.  Take them most years as Bowles mauve falls from perfection from second year.

never needed heat

half perlite, or more, to half mpc.  Water well.  Poly bag. Shade. Taken in soring or summer


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:46

Hee hee hee 

What to grow around a raised bed

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:35

Andrew, can you plant lavendar there?  A circle of lavendar.......if soil is free draining and it's sunny there.....would look good.  Then fill the container with red upright pelargoniums or red fuschias.

Yellow Geranium?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:29

a yellow pelargonium, just like the blue rose, Isn't likely 

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:26

The experts said we would have a bitterly cold winter.  I know some places have had it  cold but I think it has been pretty mild generally. Experts are usually so single minded, fixated and determined that they often lack common sense.  From crop circles to climate chanGe the experts are in a mess.  

Rhodie Renewal

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:21

Well I'm totally against membrane.  It's bloom in' awful.  Not practical.  So I definitely wouldnt add any membrane.  Suppose you want to move plants again ....think about it.

tanty, what do your plants look like?  Are they growing well?  if so, the soil must be acid, which is fine.  

For me, I would tackle the weeds in a careful way with plants in place.  Top dress with ericaceous soil, yes.  

a couple of points....those bark chips.  Are they acid or alkaline?  Not all the same.  Alkaline and you can say goodbye to all your plants.

second, be careful how much you topdress.  Azaleas and rhododendrons roots do not like their roots buried too deeply.  So, moderation here I think.


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