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Hardening Off Help

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:07

Orchid lady, most perennials are tough and hardy.  

Dividing plants is always sensible.....increases stock and keeps them healthy and vigorous.  

For autumn perennials this year select what you want....maybe asters, for example.....and get them asap  whilst small and grow on in pots for few weeks.  planning longterm is good.  Dahlias will look great still in autumn so getting a few tubers....quite cheap at moment......and potting them up now will provide large plants by mid summer onwards.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:00

Morning folks.

Looks fantastic out there.  Bit  chilly last night though   

Heleniums planted out in their prepared bed.....bit like assembling a jigsaw there.  Most everything is in but a few large wallflowers and stocks still flowering their socks off (never seen their socks actually but I am a believer ) and when they are over will plant out the stuff tender stuff.  No doubt during the summer I will change my mind and move stuff around though 

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:54

Got to hand it to you Mike.....you come up with some interesting posts.

An amateur, me.  Hated anything horticultural at school.  However as soon as I started to grow something, by choice, I was hooked.

I read, I investigate and I experiment.  If something dies I try to find out why.  If a plant looks sickly I try to work out the reason.  Trial and error, experience and increasing enjoyment of growing things helps build a certain knowledge.  But always something to happen every year to make me realise there is an awful lot to learn 

when do i take root cuttings of Japanese anemones?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:30

Do it now.  

Hardening Off Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:29

Perennials for me.  They get better every year and in the long run are far more economical than annuals.  Less work too. 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:25

Any good soil will be fine for hostas.  

Just dug up a large clump of fire and ice......revamped part of the garden.  Tomorrow or Friday it will go in the shade prob with Imperata red baron, uncinia or red Heuchera.     Or maybe with ophiopogon nigrescens, the black "grass"

Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:18

Both weeds in my book.  I would spray all of it with super strength glyphosate and plant a better behaved grass.

Struggling azeleas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:14

Azaleas need an acid soil.  Is it in acid soil Phillip?  Just adding "azalea compost" to the soil is not enough.  Dont worry about pruning either.  Also many deciduous azaleas are woody looking right now and their leaves often a reddish brown.  

I grow azaleas and dwarf Rhodos in pots in full sun....it's the soil that counts mostly.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:08

Agree with Mattbeer, if it's a passion you learn to get it right.....now and then.  

Wish I had this forum when I started out.  Made loads of mistakes because gardening for me when young was for old people who had time on their hands.  So, if I can, I try help people avoid the pitfalls I came across.

Instead  of boring accountancy etc, had I realised it sooner I think a career in horticulture would have suited me better. I had a spell of raising my own plants and selling them too and talking to, and "advising",  them was very enjoyable.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 22:56

......sounds like the Waltons.  

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