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Osteospermum problem

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:46

Osteospermums benefit from being cut back now.  Lift  those straggly stems and trim back quite severely.  Look out for stems that may have rooted....often they do.  And take cuttings too...they root easily now in gritty compost.

Osteospermums in Cornwall are like  bread and butter.  They grow everywhere here.

Morning Mike  Up before me!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:32

Ooooooo.  Forgot, its SIR Woody.  Forgive my rudeness 

Another sunny morning.   Will pop in to see my mum in hospital later but hope to get some gardening done.  Heleniums should arrive today....site already prepared.  

Enjoy the sunshine folks 

Suggestions for summer periennials for a bed of primrose

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:54

Charley, is your site sunny and open or moist and shady? 

Blue in August in sunny  site could include caryopteris, ceratostigma, aster frikartii monch, verbena rigida, etc.  Primroses could grow happily around those plants.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:44

Nice to have woody back 

Rosemary

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:48

It looks fine to me.  

You could now trim back to strong healthy shoots now

Ive just replaced a rosemary though.    Not dying but lost its youth!  Replaced with camelia that had been growing in a pot

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:46

Thanks lily....you're my favourite 

Where to plant climber

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:44

Hello thistledoNicely

I would lift some of those bricks....about a width of 60 cm.....and dig out a reasonably generous hole and plant a honeysuckle or jasmine.  Mix the soil with compost and fertiliser and back fill and water well.  Then 6 galvanised wall eyes and 3 galvanised wire supports.  Then add a nice new bench.  Perfect solution 

......the good guys

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:36

Another good guy to add.  Ordered Imperata red baron last autumn and one plant was  damaged in transit.  I informed Jacksons Nurseries at the time but added I hoped I would "resurrect" it.  Well it didn't recover.  Informed Jacksons and they are sending me 3 replacement places complete with apologies and friendliness.  

Have had plants before from them and always excellent service and,  whisper it, low prices 

I now have a a list of good suppliers of various plants  from whom I can order with utmost confidence 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:22

Nice pictures Bill.  Lovely 

Glad things worked out KEF 

 Hot here today.  Busy doing stuff but managed to plant echinacea milkshakes, potted lilies, and osteospermum voltage yellow. Most of the daffs have gone over

My mum is still in hospital but waiting for a care package before she is "released".  However,it is her church's special evening later and I will pick her up and take her there.  (not really my thing, religion, but it's important to my mum)

So tempting to plant everything, isn't it?, but nights are still a little cool for tender perennials.  Getting hotter during the week and it FEELS so different now 

Birds singing ....a bit off key!  Oh no!  It's my nose when I breathe   (thought I would throw in a bit of classy humour to end )

Onions from seed

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:06

The best way to grow onions is to sow them early.....over the Xmas holiday.  Sown in modules or trays and kept growing.  Planted out when 4" or so high in well fertilised soil and covered with a cloche or fleece.  

Onion size is determined by how far apart they are planted.....if you want large onions plant 6" or more apart but I get mild, tasty good size onions that keep well (not long finished my winter stored ones) from 4" spacings

Last year I bought in plants and they were excellent so doing the same this year.  Saves time but nothing quite like growing your own from seed.  

Discussions started by Verdun

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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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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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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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