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Peach tree

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 23:11

And the most,important issue is peach leaf curl.  Protect it from rain or it will suffer badly.  

I have 2 peach trees in pots....outside (mild here)......and flowering now.  I will keep it outside until flowers begin to drop and then cover it or take it into greenhouse for next few weeks until foliage matures.  Mature foliage is more resistant to peach leaf curl.

better outside in the summer too as red spider is a problem when growing in a gh.  Regular spraying will help a little. 

Honeysuckle or Clematis?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 23:03

Toughmudder why not just watch how your plants grow this season....see for yourself, learn what you have and then prune accordingly.  Clematis tend to have brittle almost dead looking old stems

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 22:59

You can get good size plants economically...check out Paddock Plants for example.  Not too keen on plug plants and they are often just as expensive with a season or two to wait until mature. 

My feeling is you can buy full size plants and divide them to give you far better value than plugs

however garden centres are selling hardy perennials in 9 cm pots and these can be good value if potted up asap.  They will grow away fast now.

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:38

Just shows you don't need variegation in a hosta.  Green like that is lovely 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:34

Flower power,  as Fruitcake said, make sure your soil is acid.  If your soil is neutral or alkaline your rhododendron will die fast.  Ericaceous John Innes in a pot just a little larger is ideal.

Thoughts please

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:29

For deep digging...a trench for example....a Cornish shovel is ideal.  A man's  shovel.  You girls would struggle to lift it, of course.   Large and seemingly unwieldy.  However, it is angled perfectly and with some experience makes digging easy

a good, well balanced stainless spade rather than any brand I think. How it feels for YOU.  And make sure the stainless steel is firm and not "bendy".  Test it in the store regardless of how embarrassing it may feel.  I took a wheelbarrow full of manure into the  store and tested each spade accordingly 

Montbretia eradication

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:20

A diligent dig and sift through the soil and you will eradicate montbretia.  When you dig a clump MaisyM, carefully put the contents into a wide comti er.....a lawn mower box is ideal.  Then search  through the soil donor site.  Most roots/corms are in the top few inches I find.  Repeat this throughout the area and you will get on top of the situation.  During the growing season any shoots are usually easy to pull out or dig. 

Glyphosate does work too but digging is very effective.

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:31

Chrissy, you related,to Bob and Joe?  

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:20

There are so many varieties of hydrangeas, salvias, hostas, camelias, grasses, echinaceas, potentillas, etc., etc., etc., but do you have a favourite? 

To start you off, for me, amongst the astrantias, it has to be Jumble Hole.  Unlike other astrantias in that it flowers much longer and is much 3'.  Amongst hardy geraniums it has to be Elke.  And of the grasses it has to be STIPA  Gigantea.  Amongst the hellebores double white Celtic Star .  Echinaceas?  Probably Tiki Torch........


Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:10

Horses for courses though Turnipfarmer..  I buy from many sources......,heleniums from specialists, hostas and salvias, grasses, too.  And compare prices for each supplier.....some excellent and uncommon plants available at reasonable cost, if you shop around.

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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