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Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:45

I use perlite for adding to compost for cuttings and seed sowing. Also for plants like aeoniums growing in pots for sharp drainage.  

Dont use vermiculite...prefer grit for top dressing.

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:40

Corms? Tubers?   

Technically, I don't know but I think of corms as being essentially self contained, individual "donut" like food storage units whereas tubers, for me, are those same food storage units but  are longer, more vigorous. 

Hmmm! Doesnt make much sense, does it?  I guess for me it's appearance. Dahlias are tubers, begonias are corms,,gladioli are corms, etc

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:27

Loads granma........dahlias, heleniums, salvias of all sorts, verbenas of all sorts, kniphofias, acteas, asters, hydrangea paniculatas, agastaches, osteospermums, gauras, exhinaceas,, rudbeckias, buddleias, cannas, lobelias of all sorts, anemone wild swan, heucheras, tiarellas, grasses, veronicastrums, caryopteris, ceratostigma, sedums, eryngiums, lychnis coronaria, argyranthemums, anthemis, some astrantias, agapapamthus, homeysickles, jasmines,,aconitums, abutilons, potentillas, hypericums, heliotropes, hostas (when I let them), geraniums, runner beans (well,,they're flowers), campanulas, ...........thst's just my own garden and prob whole lot more like violas.  

Granma,,loads and loads. late summer is a time of plenty 

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:14

Morning granma

It's what I so sometimes granma, when I feel a little lazy   and take them into the greenhouse in their pots.  But I wont this year.  Although they have been superb,,healthy and pest free I still cut corners

a few points....bit early yet, isn't it?  should be a lot more flowers yet. A month or two of flowers at least.

ideally you should remove corms from their pots.......clean them, check them over for vine weevils, disease etc., and keep them dry and frost free

if you leave those corms they will set hard in their old, tired, worn out compost.  They are difficult to prise out then.  If you lift them you can replant in fresh clean compost for the best possible performance next year. 



Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:17

Tapping page increases size hosta.  Try pinching to reduce 

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:16

when finalising water preparations for my pond I added pptassium of permanganate. It turns the water purple as a side product.  

I noticed my hands turned purple........almost covered my face in my efforts to be a clown.  (Not the thing now but I aped a black and white minstrel). Joke over I tried to wash my hands.  Nothing worked......scrubbing, domestic chemicals, etc. all failed to remove the purple.  Took a few days to gradually disappear.  So glad I didnt cover my face 


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:10

Takes a lot of accepting Jo 

spirea variety

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:54

Snowmound is a delightful smaller version of white spirea.  

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:50

Too many examples I could give but I've never tolerated rudeness or disrespect from anyone let alone sales people.  


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:41

Jo, thats is awful about your friend. my thoughts are with you.  hoping for the very best for her. Puts all our own worries into perspective when something like this happens.

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