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newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:09

Cold frame good idea Arioch.  Best to keep open durimg relatively mild spells.  You want to grow hard and keep cool.....not cold.  Echinaceas often do struggle...they are so variable ranging from fairly hardy to very tender and they are susceptible to various pathogens ironically caused by being too warm in winter.  So,??ou cant win   Some survive for me and others disappear (I grow many of the new varieties so it's trial and error....I will leave some in the ground and some potted up in the GH)


Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:59

Morning FORKERS.

But damp.  Still warm though.  Supposed to be dry soon. 

That STIHL add can't be blocked on  iPad.  So, STIHL stop your ad spoiling the forum.  Right now it's right across where I'm typing....I,have to scroll down to temporarily remove it.......and it does nothing to encourage me to purchase anything with STIHL name   In fact, it does the opposite. We all find it infuriating. I suggest Daniel has a word



Honeysuckle Lonicera

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:52

Morning Jenny.  Honeysuckles do like moisture and some feeding.  However, yours seems to,be growing very well....not flowering?  Got mildew?  I prune hard back every year this in spring.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 08:48

Mrs garden

Yes you can prune that way.  I do a similar thing for a friend of mine where it's too close to a gate.  However, it will grow more than 3' I think.   More like 6' and plus from your pruning height. 

newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:57

Arioch, depends on what plants they are.  Mostly they do die back.  How small are they?  And ??ou don't want them too warm either. Away from frost, yes, but need to be cool. ,they shouldn't be encouraged to grow now just to tick over with v little water 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:51

Ok, may have to rethink blue horizon then dove. This is the beauty of the forum...practical knowledge.  Just like blue flowers but I guess purple is the most reliable colour


Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:37

Well,,wallflowers are,tough and hardy winter growing plants but your seedlings do need protecting over winter.  Late really for seedlings so small.  Best grown to flower in spring of 2015 I think. ,traditionally wallflowers are sown in spring to flower next spring

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:29

Just checked out the site.  New to me, thanks dove.

No, salmon spheres does not really appeal to me   But I do like blue horizon and harlequin.  (gave this to a friend years ago and always liked it)

Might order in the spring 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:02

Think you are absolutely,spot on fidget.  The variety I have, although not  the best colour, does attract masses of butterflies etc.  the variegated sedum.....can't remember it's name for the mo.....seems to be largely ignored

Dove. Im intrigued now.  Will look up that buddleia salmon spheres

coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:55

I think the very best protection against slugs is copper.  It won't prevent slugs in the soil inside the copper but it does prevent intruders.  I have seen slugs travel over the traditional "solutions" like sand, grit, coffee, tea, etc but not yet seen any on copper.  

Acrually, copper is second best.  Hand picking at night works for me and I  add them with fresh fruit to ice cream later.   Wash them first of course 

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