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Foxglove Illumination Apricot

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:43

Mine have been great.  Flowered all summer.

Matt, they will die down now, will blacken.  It's nature's way of winding down.  

Now, for me, because they are new to me too, I'm going to keep some in the ground but dig up the rest and pot up the rest and keep them in the GH.  I will do that very soon now.

I will cut down the foliage, slightly trim any long roots and pop into 3 litre pots...bigger if needs be.  I will water them and keep them outside for week or so or longer whilst it's still nice and mild.  When it gets colder I'll take them indoors.

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:32

Well, I have tried a number of garden forums. This is, by far and away, the best.  Check  others out if you doubt it.  If there was a better forum I would be on it

If you want advice.....and I say this, a lot of it here is better than you will get from so-called experts on the telly, (everyone is keen to help; just check out the threads) or cheery comments this is the place to be.  

This is essentially a garden helpline.  And it's free.  But its a whole lot more than that.  So, come on folks SPEAK UP if you like it here.  If you want it to continue just as it is then say so.  I'll start off.....I LIKE IT HERE 

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:02

Hey that's a shame Waterbutts 

Its a difficult one lately.  Just a couple of mischief makers homed in on a new thread to cause problems. For reasons only they know they want to break up this forum.  Nothing any of us can do....we either comment or ignore. We could try to explain but that in itself creates more discomfort.  

When I first joined the forum I became a target and found it a new and unpleasant experience. For no obvious reason ????  The same characters have surfaced again.

In any group there will always be someone with a chip on his/ her shoulder looking for the slightest issue to cause trouble.  I see it at my local  foodbank volunteer group, in religious groups and ....well, you name it.  Just needs one bad apple

The forum is friendly, well meaning, helpful and knowledgeable.  It serves most of us very well.

I too value your comments Waterbutts.  Always sound, sensible and encouraging.  Hope you reconsider 


Posted: 14/10/2013 at 12:48

I can eat all that cake for's the least I can do    And I am partial to chocolate.  Sometimes a bit too,partial   (only said that so I could use the smiley)

Happy birthday to both fairy tomorrow amd,  

Just cleaned out my GH and put lots of garden compost in the soil.  Weather here is so mild....must be 16 amd the sun is forecast soon. 

Shame you guys don't live more locally.....I start to divide perennials soon and give away quite a lot.  

Ive been approached to help autistic people learn about gardening.  Sounds quite interesting but it's all about time so...........

My chauffeuring skills are needed today so I guess no more work in the garden.  Making room for my  new delphiniums ............


Posted: 14/10/2013 at 08:52

Morning punkdoc

I know where you're coming from.  Volunteering does re-focus things though.  Gardening jobs can wont fall apart if you do other things 

Have a really good day punkdoc 

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 08:46

Well, it's all done, dusted and sorted. Agree with dove.  

An opportunity to talk to your neighbour and ask for her advice and comments, that you would like to know how YOU should cut it back in future and when. Probably all this has been a good know both your neighbour and your hedge 


Posted: 14/10/2013 at 08:28

Hello FORKERS.  Damp here but, again, mild.

Chicky......yep, birthday plants are nice to get, aren't they?

Actually I could have been the first to post today because I was up and about thinking about workIng very very hard at 5 am. 

Time to clean out GH today or soon anyway.  Will try Brumbull's winter dip too

Have good day folks


Pruning dahlias and gladioli

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 00:05

Don't lose any dahlias  or gladioli down here if left in the ground   However I lift some to divide and pot up and the then vacant ground is a site for wallflowers etc.  dahlias tend to get huge too if left in the ground every year.

However, Tomsk no, don't  cut the green healthy stemS of gladioli yet.  Let them die down naturally. You can then lift them, dry them off and keep them frost free until spring.  Planting dahlias and gladioli together does not make sense to me.  Next year your dahlias will overwhelm the,won't see the latter.  If you plant daffs with dahlias you can't protect the dahlias so I would cover dahlias with straw or fleece and cover with bell cloche


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 23:47

Hee hee hee, snigger, snigger snigger 

How did you know I was fibbin?  Is it cos I am Cornish?  

Idea's please on my little plot

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 23:28

Slightly different beast  Coys.  Could I suggest you grow them in pots?  Then top dress with grit or gravel.  It protects the white flowers from being splashed by wet soil when it rains. The Lenten rose, helleborus orientals, is the beauty of the group and you will see them in the GC in spring. Go early to pick the best colours 

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