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sky rocket grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:58

I found sky rocket......the variegated be less hardy.  Caroline,,you may well have lost yours if there is no sign of growth now

move fuschia

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:35

Yes and trim roots and tops

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:33

Dry and sunny with the forecast threat of showers

picked so many tomatoes......masses.  Beans too.  Deadheaded dahlias ....helps to lighten the load after the rain.  Slightly premature perhaps but I cut lobelia hadspen purple stems.    Been superb prob near 5'.  Hopefully fresh flowers will apear.  Opens a clearer view of rudbeckia goldsturm.....this just glows with those dark yellow flowers that have been a show now for several weeks with no sign of stopping.  Deadheaded anemone wild swan again as well as echinaceas

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:23

Sounds painful Bob 

Plant problems

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:22

The compost in those pots looks wet....

i think you are over watering cstonemw5.  

Your hydrangea?  What is black wrapping around it?  What variety is it?


Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:45

I use perlite for adding to compost for cuttings and seed sowing. Also for plants like aeoniums growing in pots for sharp drainage.  

Dont use vermiculite...prefer grit for top dressing.

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:40

Corms? Tubers?   

Technically, I don't know but I think of corms as being essentially self contained, individual "donut" like food storage units whereas tubers, for me, are those same food storage units but  are longer, more vigorous. 

Hmmm! Doesnt make much sense, does it?  I guess for me it's appearance. Dahlias are tubers, begonias are corms,,gladioli are corms, etc

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:27

Loads granma........dahlias, heleniums, salvias of all sorts, verbenas of all sorts, kniphofias, acteas, asters, hydrangea paniculatas, agastaches, osteospermums, gauras, exhinaceas,, rudbeckias, buddleias, cannas, lobelias of all sorts, anemone wild swan, heucheras, tiarellas, grasses, veronicastrums, caryopteris, ceratostigma, sedums, eryngiums, lychnis coronaria, argyranthemums, anthemis, some astrantias, agapapamthus, homeysickles, jasmines,,aconitums, abutilons, potentillas, hypericums, heliotropes, hostas (when I let them), geraniums, runner beans (well,,they're flowers), campanulas, ...........thst's just my own garden and prob whole lot more like violas.  

Granma,,loads and loads. late summer is a time of plenty 

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:14

Morning granma

It's what I so sometimes granma, when I feel a little lazy   and take them into the greenhouse in their pots.  But I wont this year.  Although they have been superb,,healthy and pest free I still cut corners

a few points....bit early yet, isn't it?  should be a lot more flowers yet. A month or two of flowers at least.

ideally you should remove corms from their pots.......clean them, check them over for vine weevils, disease etc., and keep them dry and frost free

if you leave those corms they will set hard in their old, tired, worn out compost.  They are difficult to prise out then.  If you lift them you can replant in fresh clean compost for the best possible performance next year. 



Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:17

Tapping page increases size hosta.  Try pinching to reduce 

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