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Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:42

Fairygirl.....quite correct.  I grow Camelias in my neutral soil too....Rhodos, azaleas,,pieris etc go in containers of ericaceous soil.  However, althought they tolerate a certain amount of lime they prefer it acid.  Did an experiment 2 years ago.....2 Camelias side by side in the in a pot of ericaceous soil and the other in ericaceous enriched garden soil.  They both look fantastic right now but the potted one is bigger.....that could, and prob is, be down to variety.

Saw the Camelias in Lidl....they do look very good but they will need to be hardened off before going outside. Of course 

Cant believe today's weather......everyone seemed to be smiling too 

Promised a friend I'll check on her garden tomorrow.....rather be in my own tho 


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 16:15

Beautiful day....17 degrees in the garden at 2 pm.  Sunny since early morn 

Cut back osteospermums, fuschias, and others to continue the tidy up.  

Everything drying up at last.

Will check up on numerous plants under polythene Tom .....hopefully they have all survived 


An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:02

I can make decisions.  I'm thinking of making a decision right now......but I'm not too sure 

Lucy maybe those hellebores are in too shady a spot.  Think I would move one into a slightly more open position.  However, they make huge clumps underground so be prepared ta lift and move something heavy.  The other point is it acid there?  Hellebores like some lime.  A mulch of mushroom compost could make a big difference 


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:54

Looking good here.  Some rain last night but it FEELS good now.  Increasing areas of blue sky.  Sunny and dry for the outlook. Soon as I say this my niece says "oh good, it's beaching weather".....well, not sure about that just yet 

Carrots, Parsnips - Manure?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:51


it's more than that...more than just being forked in manure.  They just won't be worthwhile.  By all means try it but what a waste of time and effort you will realise for yourself.

If you want to grow some decent carrots this year dig over your plot THOROUGHLY...break up all clumps of manure, remove stones and create as fine a soil as ??ou can for 8" or so.  Apply an organic fertiliser and rake it in well.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:06

Ok, as suggested earlier, this is your ENVY thread to tease, wind up and boast.....

I have a double purple hellebore in full flower with purple foliage.....envious?  


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:20

A new thread for plantaholics?  We are all addicts anyway, aren't we?  

Ordered more plants today including a tasty single black hellebore.  

Grey, dampish day here today but not too cold.  And the garden is ablaze with colour. Suddenly it seems bare earth is disappearing to be replaced with ever more colour

It looks like most everything ...from cuttings indoors to potted shooting and survived the wet.  Dahlias however may be a different story because of the persistent rain, but I'm hopeful they too will be fine.

Heatwave a'coming this weekend folks. Be nice to me or I won't send it your way 

Carpenteria Californica

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:12

I grow Carpenaria cal in the open against a west wall.  It is hot and dry there in a mild situation in a sheltered spot.  It gets a little leaf "scorch" that is caused by wind. I have a sense that this is all that is amiss with your plant ResI.  If it did get waterlogged though it would not have enjoyed that too much.

I would not have pruned it now.......for me it's after flowering, around July or earlier.  I try not to cut into old wood but since your bush is young I would simply prune for bushyness.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:39

Tracey,  plants are always just "jumping" into your trolley aren't they?  And you don't even like em!  

At least they are good ones 

After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:11

Nut.....I LOVE yellows.  Can't overdo it for me!  But throw in purple shrubs too, blue flowers and you have a delight.  (yellow foliage is often a softer yellow too )

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