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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:31

Yes, me too punkdoc .  Have to keep cheerful for others sometimes so can't afford to get too low.  Don't really have the answers but good to have you back.

Matty, good your dog is ok.  Can sense your relief.  

Foodbank today so busy but, as always, I guess I dominated the discussions.    Cadged some free buns tho 

Wet day but still,very warm, even hot.   

Been a hectic day sorting stuff, etc.

Lawns badly need cutting....looks like tomorrow will be suitable

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:21

Well, I have to agree totally with Blisters.  

The composts ....all of them....are variable in quality and mix.  No two bags seem quite the same.  Nothing has replaced peat or come close.  As a layman I've long felt occasionally the failure of plants.....whether cuttings or bigger due to the compost.

A few years ago I bought a few tons of compost from the council.  It was rubbish.  My veg patch produced stunted carrots,,lettuce seemed unable to last the pace and other crops and border plants suffered.  The quality of the compost was such that bits of wood, plastic and plant material were clearly seen.  I felt that knotweed, bindweed and other perennial weeds were likely not to be "neutralised" or safe for my needs and cluld infect my own garden.  I have never purchased this council compost since.  

I do believe peat is not in decline.....vested interests determine what we all do, say and behave.  WE do not know the truth of so warming is another example.  Like rabbits we all rush to get solar panels, ditch our plastic bags, and recycle. (despite the fact that much of our hard-worked recycling efforts ends up in landfill anyway.). Green energy will save the planet we all pay more whilst the few make profits.......yet there will be another lobby to say something  different tomorrow.  We have to do our bit scream the vociferous ones as they drive around the country without passengers.  It's increasingly difficult now to do anything without judgement yet those  judging are so hypocritical 

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:00

Stephanie.....the adage is " fit for purpose".  Zinc planters are meant to last for years and yours therefore are not fit for purpose.  ??ou have a strong case to have money back or replacement.  You need to stand up and argue your case if the suppliers are difficult

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:41

Oh clueless, don't plant out much later than now.  Best kept in a pot though and repotted in early spring before plantIng out in late,spring.  Remember, heleniums like and need moisture so don't give them too dry a situation.  and watch out for early slugs n snails, another reason to pot on next spring.

(first year growing for me but have learned an awful lot about growing heleniums now  )

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:36

Hiya busy.  Yes I love the heleniums.  For a variety of reasons I refused to grow them......soil bit too dry, their foliage a bit dowdy, etc.....but this year I took the plunge. Moerheim beauty, sahins early flowerer, Chelsea, and, laterly, double trouble have been fantastic.  Moreheims and sahins are still in full flower and have been since mid summer and have made impressively large bushes.  Unsure whether to divide next March or leave them.  Intend to cut back in May though.  How do you treat yours?

Have a few more varieties on order too......they are "morish" 

cordyline problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:27

I think the variety determines how dry compost needs to be.  Down here cordylines thrive everywhere.  However, the GCs are full of new hybrids that I find resent too much damp.  Cannot recall its name but a pink one I grow in a pot just does not want water at all.  


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:23

Well, the voice has "simply" gone   Tina


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 11:12

Nice to have you back Tina.....

Lily, best to buy acteas/cimicifugas online.  My favourites are james compton and Brunette with white spikes but Pink Spike too is excellent with pink flowers.  Black negligee has almost black foliage.  They are greedy plants with lots of folkage to support so dig in plenty.....plenty.....of compost.

Floppy Stem problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:03

Good point fairy.  Not just a pretty face   Many people seem to regard bonariensis as dry soil plants but actually they...and most verbenas......need reasonable moisture supplies


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 08:59

Lily, cimicifuga is now actea.  Wonderful perennials for partial shade and good moist soil.  Many varieties have brown to purple black sculpted foliage with,white or pale pink spires of scented flowers.  Fantastic comtrast in perennial border.  Check them out.

Morning folks....Andy what a workload.  Hope all is well.

Matty, thoughts with ??ou today at the vets.  Scary isnt it when our pets are but poorly ?

Damp here but again very warm.  Plants are loving it.  Not expecting any sunshine today.  

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