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Hosepipe ban

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:41

Be wonderful if the summer is that good David 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:39

Runny, totally agree with you. politicians like to look good....ABROAD.  There is nothing immoral in looking after our own people FIRST.  It's neither racist nor insular. we are just as important as anyone else and we cannot be father christmas to everybody who is needy.

we need to make our voices heard so that politicians realise they will lose their jobs if they don't properly look after our own....THEN we can help others 

well said Runny 

Rudbeckia and Echinacea - sandy soil

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 20:33

Peanuts, disregarding the annual varieties, rudbeckias need more moisture than echinaceas. the former grow well in good rich soil.  Echinaceas will grow in light sandy soil IF enriched with plenty of compost and watered well now and then during the summer.

rudbeckias are hardier and will cope well over winter in good moist soil whereas echinaceas will likely rot in those conditions.  

Rudbeckias, for me, will grow in some shade.  Echinaceas need full sun

however, always best to grow according to your conditions.  

Peanuts, whatever you grow improve that sandy soil.  Very few perennials will enjoy pure sand.

try agastaches.........they will love warm free draining soils that have some added goodness.  Salvia patens will be fine there.  Penstemons. achilleas. Argyranthemums. Loads more including lavender, convolvulous cneorum, santolinas, artemisia powys castle, dianthus to rudbeckias.  Yes to echinaceas if you do 3 things......grow them on in pots before planting them out.  Get plenty of compost and some dried manure in the planting hole.  And plant in a slight recess to enable generous watering every now and then.

 Oh!  And don't let flowers develop too early.  Let plants make good growth and then allow to flower after mid summer.   


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 19:30


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 18:09

Noooooooo, not pernicious thoughts Frank.  

Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 18:07

er, didnt think of that 

Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:54

That's ok Pauline....I can grant those wishes.  You'll see 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:51

Runny, get your gun 

Which way up???

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:45

Defo upside down. funny though 

Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:42

Yes Runny, perfect for a large pot.  Use john innes compost though.  . Go on get your fig 

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