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Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:14

Gardengirl, snap....almost.  Got yellow cosmos plants on order. 

PP, "sticking up" bits???  A hedge should be either trimmed level on all angles without contrived bits unless a really special view can be enhanced.

couple years back I cut an old overgrown that it supported the distant view of St. Michael's Mount.  Further down, different angle I put in an archway....jasmine on that a view of Newlyn bay was framed.  Felt inspired as tho I was Mickey Mouse, er Michaelangelo 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 16:02

David, that's exactly what I think it is.  Also comdensation drips in gh perhaps? 

Lawn Weeds

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 16:00


yes, you can use lawn weedkiller now . lawn weeds.  Did it myself couple of weeks back.  

In contrast to earlier remarks, I use a feed only and separate spot lawn weedkiller to use whenever weeds appear.  A weedy lawn though benefits from weed n feed

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:28

Gg, still go to your gc ....get a coffee....but better online.  Plus you get to receive a nice pressie in the post 

Forget the winter, wot you gettin?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:26

why not treat yourself to a special or long wanted plant for the spring/summer?  It may not be a major purchase, perhaps a little cheery thing to look forward to after Frank and his cousins have done their worst?  

Got most on my current wish list but Dicentra Burning Hearts will do it for me.  Anything for you guys? 

can anyone identify this evergreen please?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:13

"Wise" Verdun Hosta?  Wot you after?  Told you I' m not giving you any  more money 

keenbutgreen, don't be alarmed in spring by the changing colours on your pieris.  From red new shoots those leaves will, according to variety, change to varying shades of cream before turning green again.  It's at this time that I give one of my epsom salt sprays 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:05

Oh dear!  Never had a chance to say "goodbye Frank" . We will miss you 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:03

Best wishes to all of you in difficulty right now......too many to list.  

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:00

Nepeta is doubly suitable GG......catmint ? 

can anyone identify this evergreen please?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:57

your pieris looks okish keenbutgreen but I would give it a couple of sprays of epsom salts soon.......

epsom salts is a great tonic for many plants but esp on pieris and the like.  A thorough spray to run off in say february and again in April and another in summer.

I would also give it a thorough watering in early spring and a thick mulch....pine bark chips or ericaceous compost 

it's what I do in my free draining soil

however, please check your a PH test.  Pieris does need an acid soil and will not tolerate any lime.  If your soil is acidic, check out Pieris Flaming Silver.  for me it is the best variety....longer leaves with nice green and white variegation, superb bright red new leaves and white flowers.

if your soil is alkaline you would be advised to repot in ericaceous john Innes soil.

a PH test is simple,,cheap and quick.  worth a test before you spend any money on another pieris 

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