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Prolonging flowering this autumn - Asters and crysanths and roses

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:45

Well, I've found second and third flowering of plants this year.  The summer has given them the energy to do this. Early dead heading is essential to this process too and the best way to ensure long flowering.  Nothing else we can do will better that

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:40

Enjoyed beechgrove tonight.  As always friendly, pleasant and encouraging.

Asiatic Lillies

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 21:01

Acid soil is supposed to be better than neutral or alkaline soil ..apparently lilies bulk up better and flower better in it.  

This year I potted some of mine in ericaceous compost to test that theory ...we'll see.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 20:44

Ok, thanks will do that

4thpanda,  you clearly have close support there but the Samaritans is also worth considering.  They are strangers to you and you can say how you feel, what your concerns are, what your fears are without affecting anyome else. I mean that you don't have to worry about upsetting your family, etc.  You can ring at any time of day or night. Simply to speak out to a "listener" is surprisingly healing


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 20:37

Pruning is important too because long woody growth on lavatera is very brittle and the roots are not very deep or supportive.  Cutting back now will help on both counts.  You are right addict about the risk of frost damage on new growth tho.  It's down to risk assessment what we do.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 20:31

Talking.  For panic attacks I think talking is essential.  Never had one myself bwit experienced it in others a few times and calming, soothing talk works.  WorkIng through it....maybe why it happened etc. I guess something has happened 4thPanda.....illness, death, crisis or crises.  First encountered this when my young sister ...aged 30....had months of chemo and radiotherapy and it was when all that finished that she suffered panic attacks.  You learn fast that talking and comfort is prob only relief.  I,think its the mind's way of dealing with trauma much like our dreams recycle our daily lives.

Yes, 4thPanda you do,have support here willing you to smile, relax and "take each day as it comes"

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:23

Ooo, that chilli sounds good.   

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:21

Yes they should all be fine.  Theyre all plants i would plant out too.  Got eupatorium chocolate last summer.  Amazing growth rate.  I would be inclined to cover black adder with straw in November

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:12

Chillies are,ripening fast .....with some warm autumn sunshine and temps not falling too much yours should ripen quickly too,Stacey.  Had some yesterday and they were hoooooooot.

Prolonging flowering this autumn - Asters and crysanths and roses

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:09

Keep dead heading and dont allow any flowers going over to remain 

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