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Posted: 29/04/2015 at 16:57

I grew a beautiful almost dainty pure white sisyrinchium called May Snow few years back.  Doesnt seed or keep it I had to divide it in late summer and plant in acid peat compost.  Used to sell it...sold itself on sight.  However, my luck ran out and I have not been able to obtain it again.

anybody growing this?  Know of it?  Whenever I think I have found it online it turns out to be a different sort.  

Tricia your sisyrinchium won't be dying down will put forth new growth now

"The Blues"

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 16:51

Eryngium, echInops and a bright blue Rosemary are further blues in my garden. I also have a geranium called Black Beauty that has bright blue flowers .....the almost black foliage is superb and the blue flowers are more true blue than Rozanne. 

Oh, the last of my blue anemone blanda .......lovely true blue.  And Baptisia Australis will be flowering soon too


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 13:04

No Justin.  Say in 2 or 3 weeks.  Then the divided plants have time to grow this summer.

susiejennie, I'm sure someone will give you a piece locally.  Not being a skinflint.  I've had loads of cuttings, divisions etc from so many people over the years. 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 13:01

Tee he hee 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:46

I would share my food with the birds but it means less for me .......enough said 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:42

Lovely sunny day now.  

Potted up verbena homestead purple From cuttings taken few weeks back.....lovely purple blue cascading plants all summer.  

Most plants are now outside including large pots of dahlias.  Never seem to lose a dahlia whether outdoors or, that's tempting fate! 

Some plants are definitely later this year....salvia patens is slower.  Usually by now they are mounds of healthy foliage anxious to produce an early flower.  The cold nights have held them back. 

Warned local gc manager I will be down at the weekend to get my money back on a plant bought last year, viz., knautia Thunder n Lightening.  No sign of life at all.  Always felt it was likely to be more of an annual.  Warned him because I returned a plant a few weeks back.  However, he knows I,buy a lot of plants there one way or another.......for friends, etc.  (I,don't pay for them I hasten to add ). Plants there have a lifetime warranty now so whilst it exists I take advantage .....they are dear enough 

tempted to,plant out runner beans but cold weather is imminent apparently so might delay for a few days 

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:30

Love rhubarb too folks.  Never force it though...prob should.   Plenty of organic feeding mulching and watering produces a bumper crop.

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:29

It's the rain that spreads the spores of peach leaf curl Star Shaped Peg.

difficult to,cover a peach tree in the open to prevent leaf curl.  

According to Bob the Gardener there is a disease resistant peach variety.  I sure he will comment.

I grow 2 peach trees in largish pots.  They are in the greenhouse at the moment with some leaf curl........I had them out over winter (not advisable but it's mild down here) with the intention of taking them indoors in very early spring.  Hardly a damaged leaf now having taken them in and removed affected leaves and sprayed with Bordeaux mixture.

I will plant a peach against my wall and arrange a structure whereby I can unroll and drape polythene over it when it rains in early spring.  The leaves in summer seem to be resistant to leaf curl so are fine outside then.

If you can cover your tree in spring you will be fine.  However Bordeaux mixture needs to be applied before signs of disease so do this before buds and shoots open .

what are these grubs ? how to get rid of them

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:20

I think an autumn treatment is usually sufficient.....late August early September.

runner beans

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:37

Went through the "keeping runner bean roots in the ground"  phase.  It does not produce a great crop.  Freshly sown beans every year are far more productive. 

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