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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:26

I have two containers of begonia firecracker.  Too lazy to remove from containers so they were simply top dressed and fertiliser applied and look good.  This will be their third year.   Best to dig them up every autumn tho to replant again in fresh compost the following spring 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:20

I recognise your thinking Dove.  Im like that too sometimes with certain plants and usually I persuade myself to buy.  

Nice looking tree but are the roots a little spreading?  Do you have space for it, even tho it is not supposed to be too big?  

Malicious Weedkiller damage to clematis

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:09

Sorry Baywood, but what a s*** your neighbour is.  

It depends on weedkiller used if your plant survives.  I would cut it back ASAP removing all top growth right back to where, hopefully, there are unaffected leaves.  

If it happened to me I would knock on her  door and ask what weedkiller she used ...just like that.  Your neighbour will know you know if nothing else.  I would also inform the police and ask them to call on your neighbour. Take photos too if only to show your other neighbours but at least let it be known locally.

What sort of neighbour do you have?   Clearly you are not on good terms!  


Do I need a new connector?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:00

Having now replaced my outdoor tap I was looking for brass hose connectors.  B & Q had them for just under £20 for a set including spray nozzle.  However, by chance.  I stumbled across them in Lidl for £4 99.  Currently Lidl have lots of garden sundries for sale 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 07:52

Hello forkers

Cloudy and dull morning.  Damp but stopped raining, I think.

Lilies may be casualties of,the wet winter.  Got lots of them, some are 3' tall, but there are gaps where lilies were.  By and large they are thriving in the dry parts but not in heavier richer soil af back. So, a trip to GC for a few  today perhaps.

Temperatures now higher so runner bean plants can go out.  Nice few lemons on my lemon tree......tasty too.  


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:49

It's a difficult time of the season Punkdoc....we need to hardened off our plants, or make space in the GH yet the weather can change so quickly and ruin or check young plants. I have scores of plants in pots now in large pots and they are ready to be planted but in colder areas it's still a bit risky.  hope your seedlings are ok. 

Had a quick look round a local nursery this am......don't know why cos I have an excess of plants.....and prices have soared.   Used to take lots more cuttings than I do now but I will need to start doing that again to save myself a few pennies.  Checked out a few argyranthemums but they were root bound and leggy and not worth the money so offered less.  Not accepted though but I'm ok about that.

some heavy showers and windy but sunny too at times and feeling,pretty warm.  Plants will love it.  

What plants for herbaceous border

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:43

Hiya jenny

For foliage colour as  well as late summer flowers check out acteas.  Womderful architectural shape and red/brown leaves.  Would love heavy soil. Aconitums too would like it there. Astilbes and astrantias like heavy soil.  

I currently have geum Totally  Tangerine in flower. It will flower for months in a delightful orange colour.  Get aster frikartii monch alongside and you will have a lomg flowering orange and blue association.

There are some fantastic orange echinaceas now but you will need to improve drainage locally for them a little.  

Coreopsis too....yellows, reds and orange yellow.  

For your orange/yellow scheme consider spireas like goldflame.  Orange new shoots on yellow foliage.  Pink flowers but I cut back a little to encourage brilliant foliage.  Yellow and even orange foliage on Heucheras all year round.  

Yellow and orange bulbs like daffodils,tulips and lilies will add splashes of colour


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:10

Have good day Woody 

geranium Wargrave pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:06

Hiya Susan

This is an old reliable variety.  One that I grow in poor soil places.  

Could be over fed....maybe too close to crown.....or simply too wet.  caterpillars have been a problem over recent years with geraniums but it's a little early for them I think

I too would cut back and clear crown of debris and then just leave it to recover.

Dying Fir Trees

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:01

There are lots of suffering conifers down here (Cornwall) right now.  Disease, the wet over winter, who knows?  Usually when conifers start browning like this they  do not recover.  

Sometimes, as with some piceas, a form of spider mite will cause alarming foliage damage in warm dry weather.  In this case regular sprays of water resolve the situation so not all conifer problems are because of disease.....many are though, I think 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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