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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 20:32

Hiya Dove.......didn't he do well?

Stainless Steel flowers at least a month later than others, poss even more than that.  Mine started 2 weeks ago and it flowers for ages.  Its the latest it's been this year...usually it would be end of august when it starts.  Mine is In a slightly shady spot. The colours would match I think and if grown together should coincide.  Anyway, I find they are easy plants to move and divide so you could try different combinations.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 19:37

Sorry, Matty.  Have I got that right?  Your dog is ok?  Looked back on your last post andI ??ou seemed unsure........?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 19:35

Ecky  thump Stacey. ,hope you are up and about soon

Hiya Sue, yes real plants.  It's trial and error putting them together cos stainless steel, although absolutely stunning, is an unusual blue/off colour.  That's why I want to move double trouble now ...both in full see how they look together.  Unusually, for heleniums, double trouble is yellow all through.  Think it will look good

Good news about your dog Matty. Bet  you're relieved and happier now 


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:27

Good,ain't I?"

Lovely sunny afternoon and evening. ,temp hit 20 today.  

Spent hours getting Open Reach to activate a broadband connection for my niece.  Done, at last, after a reluctant "boss" came to the phone.   Open Reach is the perfect example of why monopolies should not be allowed.  Next week it will be about compensation....well I need money for more plants. 

Weekend looking good but I've promised a friend I'd help with her garden in the morn. However, decided to move helenium Double  trouble to foreground of a tall aconitum Stainless Steel amd hopefully I'll get that  done  in the afternoon.  (of all the aconitums I think this is the best, albeit a bit later than most)


Carrot Fly

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:14

Simply add,a cover of fleece,and keep your carrots covered during the growing season.

I would remove top couple of inches and add some decent compost.  Prior to seed sowing I would scatter fish blood and bond too Jules.

Outdoor Girl, I would do as I've suggested for Jules.  Mind you, next autumn ...after 3 years......I would,change soil to greater depth.

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:09

Hiya 4thPanda.

Well, they won't flower next sprimg.  You are looking for them to make growth. I would pot up Imto 1 litre pots.  Think John innes is best. ,water well.  Leave outside in sheltered spot.  

Next spring ....late or early summer...look to see if growth is good. ,if it is pot on into 2 litre pots.  I would then plant out at the end of next summer

What varieties are they ?  

Over wintering plants

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:03

Kim, sInce you have recently bought these plants I suggest you lift them and put them back in pots you bought them in.  The roots prob havent even moved.  I would simply then water them back Imto those pots and leave them for a while.  then, before any very cold weather just pop them in greenhouse.  Have some fleece to hand, even a cardboard box with newspaper, and protect your plants in coldest part of winter. 

Dont take cuttimgs until spring.  For me, the Bishop is ome of the hardier dahlias staying in the ground over winter but I am in a very mild area so don't advocate this.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 00:24

Wot a disrespectful lot you are to,a most 'umble and hamicable man.   

A win on bingo. ,sounds good.   4th panda

Yes Matty....hope dog will be fine.  My dog is such a lovely old ...just turned 10....fella. Such a wonderful right hand to me. do you know my buttock cheeks were clenched?  Em, I mean how do you know that other guy's  were?  Am I, oops, was he caught on CCTV?  I had dark glasses amyway  And besides, I wasn't even in the neighbourhood at the time, if you are referring to me, which you could not be cos I wasn't even there. And blue t shirt and y fronts're having a laugh!  I wore a raincoat.  Its been raining today, see.  Anyway I had loads of mints and custard creams from the old biddy in the corner...still have part of her dentures in my bottom ....em, I mean the other guy would have.........YOU HAVE NO PROOF AMD IM SAYING NUFFINK. 


Posted: 03/10/2013 at 23:57

Hmmm...a neighbour grows a very large clump.  Looks good but she likes just a few large plants so it suits her style.  Sure I remember a variety or two that were better behaved.  Have to check it out.


Posted: 03/10/2013 at 20:53

No blight for me. .........oh, I don't grow spuds 

Persicarias?  Bit invasive ? Grow red dragon though.

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