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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 21:32

Am I the only one envious of Woody?  

Evening everyone.  Summer is here to stay.  Boy, has it been hot today!

Some good debating threads  this week as well as some up building discussions.

And, the gardens are blooming.


best feed for a new lawn

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 21:25


If lawn is 6months old use liquid lawn food.  No weedkiller as in weed n feed.  Don't feed before then.

Fred says water.  But Make sure lawn is well watered a day before you apply lawn food.  Ideally water in the evening and feed next evening.  Wouldn't do it during this hot weather though.

Petunias & pansies drooping

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:50

No, they will flower again in a matter of 3 or 4 weeks.  Cut back as hard as you like....not right Imto the base but leave few centimetres of stems.....feed with whatever you lIke but tomato or seaweed is my choice and water well.  Flowers in no time.  As I said I do this as a matter of routine every summer about now.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:32

Hiya keen

Yep I understand totally what you say about looking "diseased". .  I think liriope may well be like this but I will still get it and see.  The grasses I mentioned are "clean".  I assure you  they look good with the possible exception of pennisetum fireworks.....not totally convinced by this one. ( maybe too much going on) .  There are some junipers with white splodges that look diseased.  I grow only plants I really like....they have to look good in their own right and then look even better when associated with something equally as good

Those "mottled" willows ??  I have 3 of them.  Most visitors go straight to them and like them as I do. They need to be grown well.  I have three half standing in a sea of blue geraniums, another above persicara red dragon.  I have one in partial shade growing as a small shrub next to Heuchera raspberry jam, then acer dissectum purpureum behind that.  On the sunny edge I have salvia patens.  I think you would change your mind about "mottled" willows....ha ha

In same vein, with similar " painting" but on larger leaves is Acer Flamingo.  On the forum last year several members expressed admiration for it when I posted a picture of it.  From now until autumn it is a mound 2 metres plus high and across of beautiful pink, white and pale green foliage.  Better than any flower and for longer.

Hey, enjoy the banter with you Keen

Onward & Upward

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:20

If its sunny and warm there osteospermum Cannington Roy is good 

Petunias & pansies drooping

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:15

Did you overwater?

Both petunias and pansies can fall victims to disease ....the latter to something I experienced few years back, viz., pansy sickness.  Could also be simply aphids.  Or vine weevils.....lightly tug the plants.  If they pull  out easily minus roots its vine weevil damage

I would cut back everything....overwatered or not....aphids or not. Then push your finger into the soil and see if it's wet....I assume drainage holes ?  I would spray remaining foliage with soap spray or insecticide.  The next day I would water and feed.  

with petunias and pansies I would cut back hard now anyway.  They often run out of steam about now so I cut back, water and feed for quick regrowth of foliage and flowers

Non-flowering lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:29

No sign of,flowers coming low down?  One or two here are just appearing whilst most of mime are in full flower or,going over.  Maybe bit of patience then?


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:26

It's not that you can't pull it can, it's easy. It SEEDS everywhere. There are much better "alpine" or ground cover plants with white flowers.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:13

A few years ago thrushes did seem to disappear....last year or two they have reappeared.  

Re hellebores keen, I have about 30 plus.  So, I guess I like them.  Such good value as they provide lush looking foliage in the summer to set off other perennials, etc yet provide so much brilliant colour from late winter to spring.

Re the grasses I don't grow phalaris for the reasons you gave but that same leaf colouring I get from miscanthus variegatus and to a lesser extent from cala. Overdam and misc morning light. The brightest white grass is Arrhenatherum bulbosum.  Best during late winter up to about now.  Have you grown it?  For red grasses Imperata red baron is a joy turning blood red....Pennisetum rubrum eaton canyon with foxy red folkage with beige/red flowers ..bit tender but wonderful in summer along with its cousin rubrum fireworks. .   Carex buchannii and comans bronze are evergreen red grasses here.  You guessed I like grasses too?  Grow elymus magellanicus other blue foliage except juvenile eucalyptus foliage comes close to it.  Grow most grasses except those I think will be invasive.  

Finally, re liriope there's a new variety now....Blondie I think it's called with pure white foliage.  Trying to get that.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:01

I may indeed have a hedgehog in the area with a backpack.....very aggressive though.  You could hardly call,him spineless


Ok.....I'll get my coat

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