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Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:16

I grow this one too slowpoke.  Not too many flowers on mine either this year.  Mind you, it's not as floriferous as the standard plain green  summer jasmine. (mine has masses of scented flowers). The variegated jasmine isn't, too my mind, a great flowerer......anyone else getting lots of flowers on this?

This autumn I intend to scatter potash around my gooseberries and blackcurramts as well as the variegated jasmine. (they are in the same area).  I prune mine back fairly hard every autumn, as I do with green jasmine.  Try potash slowpoke.



Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:09

Good morning FORKERS

Lovely morning here.  

My front lawn all intents and purposes looks good.....  Soft, green even.  But I increasingly am aware  that it needs some rough treatment.  Parts of it are not anchored securely and vigorous  raking and scarifying will pull up strips of grass.  So I'm inclined to dig it all over and reseed.  I tend to jump in and make a start once a notion hits me so I prob will get some glyphosate and spray lawn ASAP.

Shame cos front garden is looking pretty good and the lawn sets it off.  A week of turning and levelling, two weeks before germination means at least 3 weeks of bare soil covering over 150 sq metres.

Ah well!  I could simply raise cut and forget it......but I will have to do it next year!

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:15

It's been that sort of year Christine.  Were your plants hit by frost and cold weather earlier this year?  We had a long cold spring and everything was late.  They  normally flower in spring and early summer so by the time plants recovered they simply,wanted to grow, in my opinion. 

I never feed mine.  I think you are prob over tending them.  I would stop feeding







Summer Prune Apple Tree

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:54

Summer prune to encourage fruit formation.  August is best time, generally, to summer prune.  Done mine.  If your trees are spur bearers summer pruning by shortening the shoots off the main branches to 3 or 4 leaves encourages fruit.  It is bit late now for summer pruning in my opinion.

I prune not only my own cordon, espalier and bush apples n pears but also a friend's.....she has a score of apples n pears.  We both have easy to pick trees with masses of blossom and, currently, heavily laden with fruit.

For me, winter pruning is for growth.  

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:46


You are welcome.  Your questions are absolutely fine.  

Explain to your friend though that if he plants the right things in the right soil he will have happy thriving plants.  Plant the wrong things and they will simply look miserable and awful

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:26


Its TOO ACID.  Loam is just a name for good sandy loam is a good sandy type soil, clay loam is a good clay type soil.  

I think it's too wet for heathers too.  They like it drier. 

My advice is not to grow lavendars.  I have no doubt at all....if you contact the forum again in a few months it will be to say the lavendars have died.

The very wise maxim with the soil and conditions you have.  You are tryIng to work against them.  What is the point of that?  Plenty of advice to help you do that but grow something else.

I want a bed of azaleas but my soil won't allow that. So I don't grow them in my garden.??????

Echinacas?  Noooooooooo.  Rudbeckia Goldsturn is a brilliant yellow perennial that will grow there as will astilbes. Astrantias, etc.

Azalas, dwarf rhododendrons, kalmias, etc. will grow there. Lithodora is a low cascading evergreen with brilliant blue flowers in spring and early summer and will love it there too.  

Plenty of better options

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:41


Lavendars NEED light, free draining alkaline or neutral soil.  It's a long border to dig in mushroom compost, etc. that will only slightly improve comditions.  You need a lot of compost.  

I think it is madness to grow lavendar there....the wetness will simply engulf the area again.  You are working against all the natural comditions to,provide something that prob won't look right anyway.  

You can raise the bed and do all sorts......costing money.  I think ferns will look better there

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:33

Hiya everyone

Been lovely day today.  Plenty of sunshine. 

Mrsgarden. I went to one of those garden clubs for a couple of weeks.  Drove me up the wall.......nobody knew anything, talk was of the next outing and tea and cakes seemed to be most,important thing.  More of a social club.....boooooooooring!    Had more fun sitting on the loo


Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:24

Rococo, simply put,  

you can't plant lavendar there.  

Your friend needs to accept this basic fact.  The soil is too acid, too wet and lavendars planted there will die in a matter of months if not weeks.  If budget is tight this is even more of a reason not to waste money.  

Your friend needs to think again


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:33

You need to TALK to your doc about that Chicky!

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