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How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:04

Experimenting all the time too Nut.  It's how we learn and push boundaries.

However, mike is correct about basics but scientists get it so wrong so often.  They see what they want to see, make excuses when their results fail and simply deny they can and do make mistakes.  Growing things is a very basic simple thing....not a science thing.  Understand your plant's needs and it will respond if you provide those needs 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:57

Fighting.......again?  Dove 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:52


Grey quiet warmish morning.  Feels springlike though 

Will decide today on which extra plants to order.

Not much time for gardening but I go mad when I do.....clearing one bed yesterday, the last of,the dogwoods and grasses cut down, few weeds removed and generally tidying up for the new growth.  A scattering of fertiliser too.  

Warming up nicely

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 23:18

For beds fish blood and bone, as Tracey says, well mixed into the soil.  In containers I too would go for top dressing with dried manure and a weekly dilute feed of seaweed spray and a high potash feed like phostrogen

What plants go well with lupins?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:53

Hiya greyfingers

Well I do a couple of things.  Firstly I dig up one or two and divide them after flowering cos they don't  look exactly the best then.  I cut them down anyway and plant summer perennials as companions.  

Plants like aster frikartii monch, rudbekias, dahlias, heleniums, echinaceas, etc etc etc but shrubs like caryopteris and spirea gold flame etc etc and grasses like pennisetuims, Imperata red baron, elymus magellanicus, miscanthus varieties like morning light and stipa Tennuissima amd hordeum jubatum would happily co-exist amd set off (disguise) the fading summer foliage of lupins.  From early spring to mid summer lupins look good both in foliage and in flower but thereafter all the above will create a great show

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:39

Perhaps you have enriched a little too much peanuts.  Hardy geraniums really don't like it too rich.

Did you plant out as,small,roots?  They often don't make it or at least struggle.  I would  pot up or purchase potted plants.  Wargrave pink is an old trusty variety that I grow in a dry sunny....even poor..situation.  Rozanne too in ordinary soil.  

I grow several varieties....Elke, Melinda, Patricia, Russell,Pritchard, Tanya rendell, etc etc etc. and all grow in ordinary to poor soil. I also think your soil may be too wet.  

I really  don't think ants are a problem.  


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:21

KEF, dont let them get to you.  If you enjoy a drink or two or three it's nobody elses's business.  Hic hic ....cheers 

recommend a spade and/or fork

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:31

Stainless steel tools are worth the extra.  Often my local garden centre.....wyevale.....has offers for high quality tools with lomg warranties. 

I would suggest you look at what your local hardware stores or garden centres are offering and look for good balance, lemgth of handle, strength of blade, what sort of handle, length of warranty (many do carry a 5 or 10 year guarantee) and decide if it is relatively lightweight.  The brand is not so important I think.  

Stainless steel spades cut through the soil so much easier too and tend not to hold on to soil you want to turn.  

When choosing stainless steel though check for strength....viz.  that they don't bend too easily.  I bought what I thought was a brilliant stainless steel spade only to find it would bend under any stress.....I am a little heavy handed!  

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:18

Hey Edd, why not start a thread for vertical plantImg?  It's not my strong point either.  I grow lots of tall perennials etc for height in the  border 

I need your advise, thanks

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:13

Trailing verbenas are excellent with upright pelargoniums in the centre.  Surfinia petunias are now disease free and many, ESP the dark purple varieties, are highly scented.  Begonia fireworks produces masses of cascading orange and red flowers for months.

I use gel crystals too and sustained release fertiliser pellets.  As early a start as possible too is useful.  I pinch back growing points ASAP and repeat a few weeks later to ensure a bushy appearance (and more flowers).  I also resist the urge to overplant......even on the tv progs they suggest we shove so many plants into the baskets but my feeling is they compete too much for nutrients and water.  I use about 6 plants including a central fuschia/ pelargonium.  Regular dead heading too helps a lot.  A newly planted basket hung in the greenhouse until frosts are over will bloom all summer

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