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Children in Need Sponsored Walk

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:42

Good luck broomstick riding though ! 


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:39

My "nosey" neighbour popped on.  Wants me to plant up her now totally cleared front garden.  Felt quite sorry for her cos she doesn't really know where to start, what to plant or where.  It's a pretty big area.  Beautiful new stone wall craftsmen there.  

Will give her a few plants, have listed a few to buy, suggested some ideas and offered to "help" planting now and then....if she asks.  She has already chosen some plants that will not do well, e.g. A mac hydrangea in a raised, free draining border...?? 

Sorry Fairy....still lovely weather here but of course in a couple of hours or so it will be dark so summer it isn't I suppose 


Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:44

Deacons are brilliant. Pansy

Positioning of Plants

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:42

Lucid, I sense you are over comcerning yourself with Fairy said,,plants are adaptable if approximate requirements are met.  Some plants do need "full sun" and as much of it as possible.  They like to be baked.  However, most plants are fine in average conditions.  If they don't thrive then move them 

Planting Now or Later

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:37

Jay, I  always advise to pot on anything in 9 cm pots and overwinter in gh, under fleece or with some protection from weather and pests.  They will grow much faster and better anyway.  Come spring ....mid will have much, much bigger plants to put out.  

Today I bought a couple of 9 cm pots.  They are now in 1 litre pots.  In spring those 1 litre pots will be filled. 

Planting Now or Later

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:35

Jay, I  always advise to pot on anything in 9 cm pots and overwinter in gh, under fleece or with some protection from weather and pests.  They will grow much faster and better anyway.  Come spring ....mid will have much, much bigger plants to put out.  


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:13

Exactly Obelixx.  I often take it a step further by not allowing some hostas to flower.  I have long felt that hosta foliage remains pristine far longer Without fhe flowers.  I think flowering does drain energy from the plants


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:09

Fairy, I know.  Actually a whole pack.  I'm suffering quite badly 

envious of those who get autumn colour....don't mean flowers cos we can get very late even winter flowering but that brilliant orange/yellow/red foliage that comes from colder weather.  


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 13:27

Oh heck!  I was enjoying reading those posts Dove.  Teaching myself Italian 

After persistent calls to their customer service dept and ultimately the manager I have successfully got a satisfactory response re hedgetrimmer.  Why oh why do they stick so rigidly to their script?  The solution is to cut the "crap" and argue about the issues with peole in charge but it seems to take determination....  Wont mention the company now but they have redeemed themselves today 

what a day?  No wind early this morning  but a bit of a breeze now.  Blue sky and warm.  Might even sunbathe!  

Couldnt resist a reduced helenium hoopsii.....£1.  Wish I had offered 20p though . There are some bargains around at the moment on perfectly good plants that will make excellent impact next year 



Posted: 09/10/2015 at 13:09

Think Dove is right.....their "dna" controls when they die down not temperature.  

Have you tried nematodes for hostas Hosta?  Are some in dedicated beds where nematodes could be very effective?  good control for slugs but not snails though I think 

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