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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 18:59

Good evening forkers

Been fine today...still warm n sunny...ish.

Did my usual stint at the foodbank the warehouse again which is bit boring. Not the people I was with...they are great....but it's a bit routinely repetitive.  

All the talk of uk turning the corner but in one  of our local towns a big employer is laying off nearly 200 workers to relocate to Slovakia.!!!



Posted: 10/09/2013 at 17:59

Just to repeat, my standard (plain green) jasmine has been, and still is, massed with flowers.  We are talking about the variegated form which is not so,floriferous but even less so this year.  Agree with Italophile ....a high potash feed should help or a straight potash application.

Talkback: Mind-your-own-business

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 17:55

Hiya Denis from Mousehole.  Just around the corner from you, st Ives bay area.

Mind your own business is easily killed with glyphosate ....except on lawns.  Is that why you asked about lawn sand?  You still have time to use glyphosate but before end of the month

National Collections

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 16:20


Hiya. Tomato soup is quite weak along with many new varieties.  You need to allow them to develop a really good root system before they flower.  I either pot up or grow on in the garden and cut all flowering stems off before mid summer.  Then let them flower.  They also need GOOD soil with plenty of compost in it as well as reasonable moisture.  If I bought echinacea right now I would not plant it out but pot on and keep in GH over winter.  Ironically, if kept too warm over winter some pathogens attack them too.....difficult!

Ryan, those echinaces are fairly hardy and reliable oldish varieties.  Can you simply add to those you  already have without having a national collection?  A new seed raised strain of echinaceas called Chyenne seems promising ....mixture of strong reds, oranges and yellows.  Why not try those?  I've got a couple of them recently.

National Collections

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:32

Hiya Ryan

Ill post more later but I love echinaceas.  They are variable though....some tough some very weak. 

Firstly, why did you choose echinaceas, apart from liking them?  Do you grow many already?  

I have learned over past 3 years or so how to grow some of the new varieties.  I grow or have grown about a dozen or so different varieties with varying success.  Sundown, white Swan, summer sky, sunrise, hot Papya, and some others have survived well.  Others, like vintage wine, tiki torch, arts pride, fatal attraction and tomato soup just withered away.

Have to shoot off but look forward to your comments Ryan

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:24

No....nowhere near as good as usual.  I put it down to unusual late spring.  If we get a mild long autumn we may both see some late flowers!    As I said, it's been that sort of year

My Perennial Hibiscus.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:20

Looks great otnorot.  From seed! Very impressive. Not seen one quite like that before.

I have 2 hibiscus.....a blue and a white with red centre.  Would swap for yours though Otnorot.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:16

I grow this one too slowpoke.  Not too many flowers on mine either this year.  Mind you, it's not as floriferous as the standard plain green  summer jasmine. (mine has masses of scented flowers). The variegated jasmine isn't, too my mind, a great flowerer......anyone else getting lots of flowers on this?

This autumn I intend to scatter potash around my gooseberries and blackcurramts as well as the variegated jasmine. (they are in the same area).  I prune mine back fairly hard every autumn, as I do with green jasmine.  Try potash slowpoke.



Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:09

Good morning FORKERS

Lovely morning here.  

My front lawn all intents and purposes looks good.....  Soft, green even.  But I increasingly am aware  that it needs some rough treatment.  Parts of it are not anchored securely and vigorous  raking and scarifying will pull up strips of grass.  So I'm inclined to dig it all over and reseed.  I tend to jump in and make a start once a notion hits me so I prob will get some glyphosate and spray lawn ASAP.

Shame cos front garden is looking pretty good and the lawn sets it off.  A week of turning and levelling, two weeks before germination means at least 3 weeks of bare soil covering over 150 sq metres.

Ah well!  I could simply raise cut and forget it......but I will have to do it next year!

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:15

It's been that sort of year Christine.  Were your plants hit by frost and cold weather earlier this year?  We had a long cold spring and everything was late.  They  normally flower in spring and early summer so by the time plants recovered they simply,wanted to grow, in my opinion. 

I never feed mine.  I think you are prob over tending them.  I would stop feeding







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