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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:27

Again, smokin, nice one.  Always enjoy your posts


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:24

A lot of phytophthora about now and in recent years.  I have lost a juniper, photinia and neighbour has conifers in his hedge dying.  Nothing you can do to save them.  Could you put a feature there.....maybe a mirror or maybe an arbour?


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:20

You must be exaggerating!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 18:54

It has been roasting here today.  So hot.

Good evening FORKERS.

Gotta niece is going to "teach" me how to put a cover on a duvet.    Well. I am a simple soul


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:58

No, fleurisa, domt try to root lavendar or rosemary in water.  They root quickly right now in mpc.  If you can get some grit,.sharp sand or perlite then mix this in.  50/50 or even more grit/sand/perlite than that.  They will have rooted by mid September.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:53

Huya pokhim

Firstly.....yes, it is essential to test your soil.  Well done on that.  Then you,will know what kind of plants you can grow.

You can make pockets where the ground needs to be better drained....e.g. We all do that for lilies.  For your thistle....once you know your soil can imcorporate some grit or sharp sand in the bottom of the planting hole and refill using grit and sand mixed with the soil when filling in.  It sounds like you have the soil to grow thistles there.  

You often find different micro climates even in a small garden....areas of more shade or shelter.  I would guess your soil to be neutral but let us know.  You can get,good quality plants to grow there too for bees and butterflies....lyn has mentioned several.  




Posted: 16/08/2013 at 08:41

Nice one smokin

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 23:40

Chicky, you will love it.  However, I would suggest you keep it in a pot and then in the GH over winter.  You will then have a womderful season long flowering plant for next year.  Black adder is prob not going to be hardy where you are.  Take some cuttings too now incl basal if you can


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 23:34

Hiya john

Yes you can plant summer and winter perennials together. Perennials that die back in winter....herbaceous perennials....simply hold on to,their root systems and emerge again in the spring.

Its a good idea to get to know the perennials you are using, to understamd them, what they do,,what comditions they like or don't like.  

Its probably best to grow annuals for the summer....plants that flower profusely during the summer months and then die in autumn. Annuals are cheap and expemdable.  For the winter you can get winter annuals..violas, pansies, primulas, stocks, wallflowers, etc and then in the spring plant the summer annuals again.

You can read up on your perennials whilst still enjoying cheap colour from annuals all year round


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:13

They can produce the second year too.  A friend had some last year and they came good again,this summer.  But, best as annuals I think.

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