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Posted: 29/06/2013 at 08:36

Morning everybody.  Hope you are all well

Looking cloudy here but very warm

Ive lost my appetite lately ....eating my brekkie and reading the posts.  Had porridge with blueberries, toast n marmalade and couple boiled eggs almost cooked.  Like I said my appetite is poor at mo.....bit concerned about that!  But, lunch soon so I guess I'll be ok.

Overnight more plants have opened their flowers and suddenly deschampsia grasses are flowering.  (in damp soil or good soil deschampsia is hard to beat for flower power and subtlety) 

Got my time booked today but will be going to nursery to collect echinaceas and, no doubt, something else that appeals

Enjoy the weekend all....hope those holidaying down here get nice weather

Wrong information from the BBC

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:40

Absolutely true.  Agree with every word.  I grow this in pots of ericaceous soil....still in glorious flower after several weeks.  It's roots aren't too deep and it's not a hungry plant so plant it in a pot and plunge it in the garden

I found it to be more tolerant of lime than most other ericaceous plants though so pretty easy to grow and tend

Worth growing for its intense blue rivalling any other blue plant

Good warning IDGM

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:33

Yes I too like the kalmias....for acid conditions though.  Sandy soil is alkaline.

Heliotrope Arborescens Marine

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:29

They are usually quick to grow.  Don't be in a rush to pot on again until,they start growing well.

I grow the perennial form, Chatsworth, and therefore take cuttings.  These were taken some 2 months ago, potted on and until last 10 days or so were slow.  They are now growing apace.  So, rusflorum just be little more patient.

Mind your own business

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:22

Well, it worked for me.  Got rid of it once for a frIend where it grew over the grass, path, up the walls, etc.  I think it needs couple of treatmemts.  Boiling water?  Kills the grass for sure.

I dont' believe it!!

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:15

Relax ever seen any slug "scamper"?

white spittal on plant

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:12


If in small numbers don't worry about it.  It's a little bug called a frog hopper sucks the sap of plants.  You can hose off or rub your finger and thumb in the "spit" and squash the tiny bug.  Bit unsightly I guess too

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:51

Mrs garden


A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:49

Flowering rose

A neighbour has a plastic heron next to his pool.  It's the joke here that the heron lands on his,plastic cock a snoot ....and then takes the fish.


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:45


I know what you mean...but they're wives tales, aren't they?

I did exactly,that when I wanted to know about plants....I think you have the right idea. Tender perennials could be another option for you.....annual colour from perennial rootstock, tubers, etc.  Because they tend to be much bigger they also provide an exotic feel,to the garden.  

Why not start a thread based on your,opening paragraph?  It will be an  interesting one I think

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