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Posted: 10/10/2013 at 11:30

Nice and sunny now.  Quite warm.  Clearing the veg patch of weeds. 

I do the pen n paper thing too punkdoc....leave little notes about moving something, about swapping plants over, etc.  



Posted: 10/10/2013 at 11:26

Hmmm.  I grow mine on in veg patch where they do add a lot of growth in short time.  They then are moved into the garden at any  time over the next few weeks with good chunk of soil so they  do not know they have been moved.

Because mine get quite large they are not then planted in groups...they hold their own as specimen plants....prob 2 to 3 feet high  and across.  So in that sense they are good value.  I paid about £3 for 10 too.  However. I have also bought some as named colours and these are planted in groups of 3......have orange, yellow and make a real impact.  All are pinched out to prevent flowering and to increase bushyness.  


Design ideas for a very small garden

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 11:15

Hiya loislane

Can ??ou post a picture?  Is it a sunny garden?  What is the soil like...does it drain well or does it seem to hold water?  Whether it is acid or alkaline too would can get,cheap soil test kits.  

Taking the plunge

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 11:08

As others my garden is  full, choc a bloc with perennials not ready to give up yet.  I wouldn't dig anything up yet or try to guess where to cram them in.  I planted  my bulbs in pots.  They will go in the garden then in the right spot.   Too much foliage to see properly where they should go.  Get some compost Matt and pot them up.  leave them outside and you can pop them in when amd where you want to throughout the winter.  They will perform just as well.

newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:09

Cold frame good idea Arioch.  Best to keep open durimg relatively mild spells.  You want to grow hard and keep cool.....not cold.  Echinaceas often do struggle...they are so variable ranging from fairly hardy to very tender and they are susceptible to various pathogens ironically caused by being too warm in winter.  So,??ou cant win   Some survive for me and others disappear (I grow many of the new varieties so it's trial and error....I will leave some in the ground and some potted up in the GH)


Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:59

Morning FORKERS.

But damp.  Still warm though.  Supposed to be dry soon. 

That STIHL add can't be blocked on  iPad.  So, STIHL stop your ad spoiling the forum.  Right now it's right across where I'm typing....I,have to scroll down to temporarily remove it.......and it does nothing to encourage me to purchase anything with STIHL name   In fact, it does the opposite. We all find it infuriating. I suggest Daniel has a word



Honeysuckle Lonicera

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:52

Morning Jenny.  Honeysuckles do like moisture and some feeding.  However, yours seems to,be growing very well....not flowering?  Got mildew?  I prune hard back every year this in spring.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:48

Mrs garden

Yes you can prune that way.  I do a similar thing for a friend of mine where it's too close to a gate.  However, it will grow more than 3' I think.   More like 6' and plus from your pruning height. 

newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:57

Arioch, depends on what plants they are.  Mostly they do die back.  How small are they?  And ??ou don't want them too warm either. Away from frost, yes, but need to be cool. ,they shouldn't be encouraged to grow now just to tick over with v little water 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:51

Ok, may have to rethink blue horizon then dove. This is the beauty of the forum...practical knowledge.  Just like blue flowers but I guess purple is the most reliable colour

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