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how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 20:01

A spray with epsom salts is good tonic for camelias.  And a yearly prune to encourage a bushy shrub too 

Feeding Cannas

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:58

I add dried manure with john innes for cannas in pots. ,suplemented with fish blood and bone and they need watering. ,i grow several large cannas in the ground and in pots.   worth feeding well if in pots.  cannas usually will be making growth now so yes yieviestevie tip it out of the pot and see if its healthy.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:51

It all sounds impressive Hosta.   Im sure your knee will be just fine.  You had wind and rain?  Oh dear.  Sunny all day here....feel so guilty . Still sunny now.  So boring!!!  

Oh no....forecast is even sunnier tomorrow 



how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:00

Yes, fairy is spot on.  Many think camelias need same conditions as rhododendrons etc. but they are very happy in neutral soil.

i would not over pot though with most plants putting in a large pot stifles growth.  better to use small pot and work up as plant grows.   Whilst  so small Wonky .....don't mean you of course .........I would not plant it out in the garden.  enjoy it in a pot then plant it in garden when about 3' or so.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:51

Good to see you back Fairygirl.....weave your magic again? 

Been glorious all day.  Good temperatures out of the brisk wind.  Planted out astilbe Etna I divided last year.  Astilbes must be the most under rated of plants.  Glorious new copper foliage and then the flowers.  Salvia patens gone in too.

my replacement helenium eldorado is coming tomorrow.  Wrong variety ...still lovely though.....sent last year so I will have 2 for price of one.



Posted: 06/05/2015 at 12:21


hey! Looks like I have missed the fun and games on the forum.  

Glad youre a happy Wonky Wonky Womble 

What can I plant?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 12:16

How about some astilbes there Chiad?  A fern or two.  A blue mounded compact  conifer like Blue Star?  Heucheras offer beautiful coloured foliage and hostas too.  Try some grasses like my favourite hackonechloa and bowles golden grass.  Brunneras and bergenias.  Violas.  Some hardy geraniums....check out the different types for your position.  An evergreen shrub like sarcoccoca will give beautiful scent in late winter and eunymous emerald and gold for a bright feature all year round.  Potentillas flower for a lomg time in summer and will withstand a windy partially shaded site.  Campanulas, veronicas, hellebores, euphorbias, libertias, .....Chiad Im sure others will add to your options


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 12:04

Lovely and sunny...wimdy though.....a warm wind 

lunch is healthy,,highly nutritious sausage rolls !  Cheeky dog wanted one but, eck, I've  only got 8 

first thread to read but it seems there is some commotion going on on another thread so will pop over and have a nosey.

just heard the care home my mother was in has been recently inspected and has failed to meet standards.  I got the management changed when my mother first went there and improvements were made.  Clearly they have slipped back again.......complacency when nobody is around to complain.....?? 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 07:32

Lyn, I resemble that remark 

yes post a picture again Fiona 

Have I. Become a Victim?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 07:31

Mike........we are ordinary souls here simply wanting to enjoy the forum.  I Guess we dont want to analyse one another just want to discuss amicably garden and other topics.  As said to you often enough....its not about YOU Mike 

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