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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:28

Nice scene bob....will you save all those dahlias?

Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:23

Those plants were small plugs weren't they 4thpanda?  Think you prob read care instructions over quickly.  As said, they should have been in 9cm pots then moved on to 1 litre in mid summer.  No. Would not plant them out in the garden until spring.  However, at that time, if they are growing well, I would pot on again into 2 or 3 litre pots.  Tall pots a big no no too, I'm afraid, for those plugs.  Small pots first, always.  Friend of mine bought some of those plugs.....from ashwood....and I potted into  9cm pots then Imto 1 litres in August, I think.   They will remain in those pots outside until the spring.  They are very healthy and vigorous.  

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:12

Hiya 4thpanda

May try and post some pics of grasses and late summer perennials.....heleniums, cannas, dahlias, agastaches, acteas, salvias, rudbeckias, etc. all enjoying the season.

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 00:04

We are in the lap  of the gods when growing anything.....the weather, pests, diseases etc.  however, certain rules still apply......good fertile, stone free soil for carrots, richly manured Soil for runner beans, etc.. etc.  try to grow these two crops in the wrong soil and you will certainly have poor results.

Pelleted seed is not worth it.  Time taken to properly sow the seed, then to thin is good practice that doesn't really take that much time.  You can still sow pelleted seed incorrectly....I.e too deep, too shallow....and germination is never guaranteed.

We need to understand what each crop needs to be able to grow them well......this year I completely re-evaluated my old ways of growing tomatoes,for example, (advice on the forum helped this) and my crop was been superb amd the plants themselves very healthy.  

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:57

Suzy. I think  it IS cos it's too dry.  Rain is not enough to water a pot plant.  water it well....although leaves will be dropping soon anyway.

I transplanted Flamingo early this year Imto a dryish spot.  During the summer the leaves began to turn brown and crisp.  It needed watering happened in that hot weather. It recovered within couple of weeks


Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:33

Maybe 4thpanda.  One looks worse than the rest, doesn't it?  I would have them more in the open now too...the light levels now being less.  Hellebores will start to make growth in the new year.  (dont expect flowers though)

Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:10

Simply been over watered. ,those small plants can't cope with all that  watering and now the temp is dropping the sogginess is emphasised.  I'm sure those pots are quite heavy.

Cut back on the watering.  What made you think they needed to be watered so much?

Planting out lavender

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:38

Tea, just take them back.  Do you  have the original pots?  The barcodes will show you bought them there and they will refund your money.

Bit steep though Tea.....I could get a lot of plants for £24.  Lavenders are fairly cheap plants to buy.  Best to wait until spring now and buy small plants then.  they will grow very quickly.

Over winter Gazania

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:39

Well gazanias down here usually survive the winter so often become perennial plants. However, whenever I have dug them up to,overwinter in the GH, for,some reason, they usually die on me.  I suspect they dry out too much when they really want to keep growing.

I would sow take cuttings right now,though James.  Gritty...perlite....compost and take from top growth.  Take 3" or so from green but not turned woody shoots, remove soft tips and into poly bag

Planting out lavender

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:29

Best to keep lavendar seedlings fairly dry over winter.  However, they need not to dry out too much.  Watering when plants have dried out of their pots is nigh fatal.  

Certainly would not plant out young lavendar or any young plants out in the garden until the spring 

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