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Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:04

Raining here now after nice day.  Plants are enjoying it, ESP those I put in earlier.

Thats a shame punkdoc.  Hopefully with a bit of sunshine your garden will recover

Flower Magic from Miracle-Gro

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:03

Hiya liz

Yes I know about this product but not used it myself.  When did you apply it?  Did you water?

I think it's a product to use in the spring...if you used it recently the,hot, dry weather would have made germination difficult.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:42

Meant to add, faIrygirl. White hydrangeas in shade is perfect.  I like white Arum lilies too in shady spots.   My garden essentially is a sunny one so have to create shade but I plan to grow white lacescap, white arums, and a stunnIng. ( and I mean stunning) astrantia called jumble hole.  Among these I will plant lobela queen Victoria, brunnera Hadspen Cream, a vivid purple bergenia and dicentra King of Hearts.  A project for the autumn.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:32

Nut, I will try some monardas for next year.  There is a good site online with full descriptions, etc. 

Mrs Garden, lobelia queen Vic loves.....needs .....plenty of moisture.  It will wilt if soil dries out even slightly.  I grow mine in pond.  To shape bushes I follow the principle of pruning to upwards or downward facing buds, much as one does for roses.  I do it on conifers too..for height cut to upward bud; for width cut to downward bud.  It should work on fatsias too.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:20

Yes, for your modesty and humility both Fairygirl and tina can be the stars of my garden for the Well just planted Leucanthemum broadway lights and I think they have just usurped your just acquired top spots.    (alongside Verbena Rigida they look pretty good)

Bugblaster spray

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:03

It looks increasingly like we are all going to make difficult choices.....whether to tolerate pest plagues or lose plants. Spraying has to be a last resort but there will be times when you accept you will lose a treasured plant.  It's a choker if you decide to allow the pest to destroy it.  

I believe nature CAN restore a balance ....often a mass of ladybirds follows an aphid infestation, for example.  However, it doesnt always work out that way.  We can help nature, ourselves and our plants by controlling pests and diseases.  We do it all the time when we visit the doctor, go to,the chemist or prevent ants entering our homes...??

A friend.....well, someone I know.....constantly does two things.  Firstly he tries to cadge for free my organic. ( and they are slug pellets, no artificial fertilisers and no pesticides) vegetables.  Secondly he "gardens for wildlife" amd constantly preaches this at me.  His garden is a mess, a tip.  He cuts nothing down and allows every weed to flourish to the annoyance of his neighbours.

So, none of should feel guilty of we want to grow our plants to look good.  No ome should feel he or she MUST avoid all chemicals because it's the "right thing to do".  I grow responsibly.  I listen to the dire warnings from those intent on saying we are destroying the planet.  At the end of the day I eat healthy home grown, non-sprayed fruit amd veg, have lovely plants in my garden and enjoy good health being in my local environment of "controlled" growing.

If I need to spray to protect a plant I will do so........I suspect most of you do the same

Wow!  Let off steam there!

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:52

All sounds exciting.....even more sure now for ??ou to build your greenhouse. 

Pelargomiums need to be on dry side over winter. Bubble wrap is fine for insulating greenhouse glass but not to put around creates condensation, not good for freezing tempearures.  Fleece for plants

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:33

Lovely pics guys.

I too like alstroemerias.    For me they have a period of dormancy after flowering in mid to late summer creating a large bare patch in height of summer.  I now plant late summer heleniums, frikartii monch. Cannas, etc to disguise this otherwise bald spot.  I grow the princess varieties that flower for 6 months in stunning colours but they do suddenly stop........


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:28

Morning everybody

Cooler today.  Fresher.  Had some rain.  Sunny too.  Plants look that much "cleaner" too

Listening to local radio and there's a gardening question and answer but the "expert" is awful.  He doesn't know and blusters about irrelevant stuff.  Not a patch on you guys on the forum!   ( can I have some cake now?)

Whatever you're doing folks have a happy day

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:24

Morning james

Many of the plants you mention wont need bubble wrap protection.  You said "geraniums" you mean the hardy outdoor spreading plants of the indoor, upright ones that are really pelargoniums?

I would go for the greenhouse, sounds perfect and, against a wall, will help to retain some warmth in the winter.  You wont regret having a greenhouse.

Fleece is very useful.  Cheap too.  In very cold comditions you can cover plants in greenhouse or outside with fleece to give an extra couple of degrees of,protection.

Go on, james......get your greenhouse

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