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Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:34
Suddenly it feels pressurising. Mid April, its warming up, scores and scores of perennials in,pots, the urgent need to get runner beans sown, carrots sown, Beetroot, lettuce, pot on fast growing summer stuff, start watering greenhouse plants, making space for tomatoes, ..............but, I'm not panicking. Not me. Cool as a cucumber, me.

What exactly is full sun/part shade?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:23
Paper flowers yes that's decent amount of sunshine. Sounds nice aspect too.
You could grow quite a wide range of plants there. Just grow your plants knowi g they will be just fine there.

Bare root plants

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:01
I dont plant bare root perennials out into the garden preferring to pot them up instead.
Bare root geraniums for me just aren't worth it......the bare roots are usually dry and tiny. Much better to buy plants, even plug plants.
Large shrubs, trees, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries etc etc are good as bare root.
Do you,over water your bare roots? I tend to pot up in dryish compost in the dormant season. In march/april time I water sparingly for week or so.

2 plants for large pot

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:44
Artjak, take cuttings from,cneorum in spring .....I take them long with a,heel. You won't lose them then.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:42
I watched beechgrove last night. Enjoyed it .....slow, leisurely, comfortable and pleasant
I too simply have never appreciated those giant veg. What is the point? They look ugly, are not fit to eat and the growers are obsessive. A Beetroot with 3' roots??


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:30
Morning everyone.
Chicky I have to have lists too. Often no need to refer to them as lomg as they are written I can remember them.
Enjoy your day at work dove
Nice vision there blackest ESP with warmer weather almost here
Nut, depends where you are this weekend but south east looks to be getting very hot but warm for all of us

2 plants for large pot

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:22
Morning Fairygirl, that's convolvulous cneorum.
Have it here. Lovely silvery velvety foliage and brilliant white flowers in summer. Makes mound. Loves it hot n dry.
I also grow it as a single specimen in terracotta pot.

2 plants for large pot

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 00:07
Often agapanthus don't read the "scripts". In Cornwall here they flower everywhere...some congested some not. I know,of congested agapanthus pots that have never flowered
However planting other things with similar needs will be sensational if they all flower together this year...if not the agapanthus foliage will look good with its companions that will flower

How long before I furtle in my seeds???

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:59
Ok, these dwarf most "dwarf" plants....don't really stop growing. It's the RATE of growth, their slowness, that makes them dwarf. Most hebes will get leggy if not pruned each year. Red dahlia, I too like "compact and bushy" amd most every plant I have is pruned to an extent. ,
Most people don't prune their hebes until they realise they have suddenly become annual haircut of "dwarf" types they will keep their young bushy hebes.
I prune soon, or after flwering or late summer

question about lobelia (the tall variety) and rudbeckia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:49
Queen Victoria is a moisture lover. I grow one in my.pool. I grow a purple flowered escapes me, well it's late, ....and again it likes moisture. Both varieties hardy with me....mild here...but they split very easily and make new plants quickly. Neither variety should be grown in dry soil...will simply whither away
Rudbekia Goldsturn, most popular perennial variety, also likes good nutritious soil. As with lobelia it is easily split to make new plants
In autumn or now, I split these plants, pot them up and plant out in early summer to flower later. If not regularly dug up and split the clumps die,out in the centre and spread

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