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MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:11

Fidget, your dog sounds like he was a wonderful and smart cookie.  Mine, Spike, is 10 in a few days' time and knows how to get his own way by just staring dolefully at me.  Like yours fidget, spike is a character.  Would really miss him.

Wayward Philadelphus

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:04

Susie

Don't touch it.  Leave it until next year. It prob will flower then.  When it does come back to us and ask about the Pruning.  It is so easy.  Your mock orange is adjusting to being hacked about and doing what plants do......grow like mad when hard cut.  

MICHAELMAS DAISY

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 17:26

They all dislike drying out,too much ...when they do they show they are unhappy. However, Little Carlow amd Frikartii Monch are very resistant to diseases

lupins-and-delphiniums

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:48

Gardening grannie

I first encountered lupin aphid years ago and take the precaution now of,spraying just before flower spikes form.  Seems to work very well.  Lupins are definitely worth growing.....such a unique flower.  This year a couple of mine are,now flowering for the THIRD time.

Matt, if your lupins are outside now and are of reasonable size they prob,will survive outside later.  It's just that,I,don't like to lose any plant if I can help it so I anticipate what may or may not thrive

lupins-and-delphiniums

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:39

Hiya smokin.  Lupins I divide in early summer are tough enough to stay outside over winter. However, I also buy lupins in 9cm pots in early spring from local garden centre and these are cosseted either in greenhouse or under fleece  as I find these can be susceptible to chill.  I pot on into 1 litre then 3 litre pots still protecting them under fleece for a few weeks then plant out in the garden in late spring as large plants 

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 08:35

Oh yes Susan.  Vine weevils are in the garden too......they love Heucheras, primulas, fuschias, etc.  I use nematodes or Provado in autumn and in spring. ,

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 08:31

Good morning everybody

Its sunny again......even quite hot.  Lovely day in prospect.

Will take my dog soon.....he's putting pressure on me now but I'm resisting.  Gonna have another piece of toast first.

Sunshine or not have good day folks

 

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 00:19

Just done mine now. Always after flowering.  They grow quickly at this time...the foliage protecting the plants.

This year I used a hedgetrimmer...Well, got new one and had to use my new toy......and if has made short work of my lavender hedge.  It looks nice and level, thick and straight.  It will look good now throughout the rest of this year and into next spring.

new-garden-preparation

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 00:09

Mark, I know it sounds daunting but I would physically dig your plot.  Use a pick axe if you have to but break up that soil to at least 30 cm.  a rotovator is useful for the top few inches but I wouldn't use one in your situation.  Just take your time.  

Apart from my runner bean trench ...where I fill with compost....I dont dig.  It's been deeply dug in the past and I now simply add compost to the surface.  I'm suggesting you dig as a once for all treatment and then you can top dress annually 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 23:58

MrsG, will take pics of grasses.  Always forgetting.....I'm just a simple man!  Liked your conifer hedge.....brilliant imagination.  

Another canna opened a flower,today.  Bright yellow af a height of 7 or 8'.  A day in the garden at this time brings something new 

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