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VERY large plant nurseries

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 15:31

Cornwall Breathe.  Yes I know a few people who sell plants.  Some are selling unusual things they arent even aware of.. 

Drifts?  Well I do some planting in groups...heathers,,argyranthemums, etc. but I find plants grow pretty big down here so single plants look good.   Besides I am a bit of a plantsman....meaning I want to grow lots of different plants

Beans misbehaving

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 15:25

Lesley......are you sure you have planted runner beans .....not broad beans?  I have known this happen.

runner beans are natural climbers and it is odd that you arent seeing this.

VERY large plant nurseries

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:05

Hiya Breathe

yes it took too much time selling plants when I was home.  And dividing and potting up.  Although enjoyable talking to customers it was this that was so time consuming.  But I did provide plants not available in gc.

the advantage I had was when people asked how big a plant would be, etc., I could point to a (hopefully) thriving counterpart growing in my garden.  I had to choose in the end to give up the sales.  with hindsight it was lucrative.


weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:55

Well, no sign of thunderstorms.  Its quiet, very warm and very pleasant.  If the sun came out it would be hot indeed.  

What would look balanced in large ceramic boot?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:58

Linum perenne to echo the blue perhaps

However, my choice would be a dark red pelargonium for the summer.   The richer the red the give it soul ! 


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 07:16

Hello forkers

had some rain last night .....much needed too.  Thunderstorms later this morning and into the evening apparently.  Feeling very warm and dry. 

The rain has brought new growth to potted plants and I the runners seem to have put on 40 cm or so

have a lovely alstromeria flowering at about 100 of the Princess series whose name has long been forgotten.  Behind orange geum and dark blue delphinium its creamy flowers look classy

Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:34

Winter pruning of gooseberries is often neglected by me.  Will remember to do the light summer side shoot pruning though in next few days.......fruit is quickly taken whilst still green and sharp

Help with planting for narrow raised flower bed

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:29

nepeta is a plant I am increasingly fond of.  

It flowers all summer.....outperformimg lavendar.....its flowers are brighter than lavendar too.  easy, low maintenance lookimg good for momths. easy to propagate. Has none of the vices of lavendad

santolina is a silvery grey aromatic dome, evergreen, and sits well with nepeta. A nice yellow flower contrast with nepeta would be potentilla,,euryops, rudbeckia, argyranthemum, etc.

I planted a lavendar hedge for someone two years has just started flowering.  I divided nepeta last year.  It has been flowering for 4 weeks or so.  

plox problems

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:13

First thoughts ...I womder if you have an eel worm issue wildalanh.

however. Is it dry there?  Phlox needs a reasomably moist soil.  So water it well and see how it goes.

if it is eel worm you will have to destroy your plant and not grow another phlox there

Mulching in summer

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:07

As a bonus MrMustard, mulched soil just looks good, doesn't it?  You're adding some nutrition to the soil too.  

I re mulch certain plants at this  time of year and notice the difference in growth after a week or so .......for me, a definite do it MrM

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