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December planting

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 12:32

Hiya pam

Which perennials do you have?  It sounds as though they may be of reasonable size....?

I divide and replant many depends on their hardyness amd size.  If they have been outside for 2 years they would prob benefit from being planted in the ground, even now.  

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:04

Down here we didn't even get it windy.  Such a small Island but with such a variation of climate and micro climate.  

Feel for those badly affected though.  

We get our share of storms so ...........

Advice needed please

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:55

Plant a pieris.  Give it an ericaceous compost though.  I recommend a variety called Flaming Silver.  Green and white leaves..evergreen...bright red new leaves (in my opinion brighter than most other pieris) and white spring flowers.  

In full sun make sure the compost is moisture retentive.....use ericaceous Soil based compost and not soilless one.  In my experience the leaves are more resistant to sun scorch than other pieris varieties too.

I have this plant growing in full favourite spring shrub when it's new foliage emerges.  

gardening jobs

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:48

Hiya gab.  Been in a similar situation myself few years back.  Contacted them twice without any acknowledgement and it was so disheartening....almost as bad as the original rejection.  I hope you do get a sound a nice guy.....but if not put it behind you and forget it.  

I will be as pleased as anyone here if you get a response so good luck 

Best dogwoods for stem colour

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:40

Midwinter fire is a weak variety.  Not good for me.  Gave mine to a friend where it grows very well albeit with its built in tendency for die back.  For a vigorous collection of coloured stems I would give it a miss.

Sibirica aurea (yellow leaves) elegantissima ( green n white leaves) have brilliant red stems.  There are others with maroon red stems and yellow stems.  I would give the green stemmed varieties a miss....they are overly vigorous, for me anyway. 

Less is more.....choose 2, 3 or 4 varieties only.  I find they are easily divided....a spade  cut will sever a piece to plant again.   A white hellebore or two in the forefront, white daffs, snowdrops and lovely soft yellow primroses make a beautiful spring picture 


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:27

Been lovely here today.  Mild n warm.

I think you deserve those choc liqueurs for getting bulbs planted Bob.  I've had to replace selection boxes, had to buy Cadburys roses boxes to refill the tins and....well the list is endless. 

Good luck Matty with eye op.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:53

Fascinating stuff keyser soze.  

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:50

Hiya brooklynguy

You are looking for fine gritty material...not pebbles.  Gritty washed sand from builders is fine. I live near the beach and can get sand there but, in my experience, it is not ideal for plants.  Too limey and too soft.

I use perlite for ,cuttings, seeds and for creating excellent drainage for plants in pots.  


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:39

Morning lily


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:25

Nice pic Stacey.  You must be very proud 

Not too cold ......fairly mild really,about 10 right now amd 7 overnight. And sun is said to say hello later 

The red stems of dogwoods seem to intensify now.......they make a nice colourful vertical for the hellebores   Very underrated shrubs until now I think. Anyone thinking of buying one or two consider aurea with yellow leaves all summer or elegantissima with green and white leaves to provide colour all year round. 

Tryng to trace a wonderful fruity scent yesterday ...sniffing just about everything.  Penny dropped;  I had topped up my windscreen wash with "berry" fragrant concentrate .....wot am I like?  

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