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Posted: 22/05/2015 at 15:57

Heard of water droplets! 

First year growing kmiphofias but I have researched I do for everything I grow. 

i agree with Susan.  If you want to grow them then do,so in the open ground.  There are better suited plants for pots.  Although they want good drainage they also meed good moisture during the growing period.

i grow all sorts of plants in pots as a temporary state.  For anything long term lilke knips then no.  .  

Late Begonias not Geraniums!!!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:47

Not you again Tingly......ha ha

What have you done so far with your begonias?  I assume they are the right way up? They should not be covered with compost/soil.  Do they feel firm?   not soft?  They should be showing lots of buds now.

i grow a different sort of begonia...small flowered "bonfire" cascading type..but they have been oitside for several weeks now and several inches high with flowers not too far away.  Yours should be seen to be doing something now


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:19

Hello forkers 

damp morning......light drizzle.  Feeling warm and I'm confident the sun will emerge.  I dont really mind....growth is at its maximum now so sun and a little rain is perfect.  Plants have enjoyed this salvia patens though have been slower this year so far

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:14

Yes but I was only testing!  I knew really. 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:12

I'm really beginning to feel for Monty Now.

it seems to be our "way" that we build up our sportsmen/women, celebrities, presenters and then knock them down again.

I dont care what anybody wears......

Been knipped.......

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:07

Ever since Monty planfed a couple of kniphofias recently I have gone knip crazy.  well, sort of!.  In a way........

A plant I have always scorned has now an appeal for me.  Still needs,careful siting I think and I haven't really gone mad about them. Their foliage is not exacrly handsome and I still have some misgivings but I have added a couple,to my garden.

Tawney King,,simply because Monty stirred my one, Toffee Nosed another   and Mango Popsickle (I looked into some time ago)  are my selected varieties.

any comments folks?  Any photos folks? Like or dislike?  Where have you planted them?  Curious to kkkkkknow 


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 00:26

Dont know how he got on,but a local nurseryman refularly wins gold at chelsea for his restios, etc.  Amazing chap to talk to.  Not planted any restios yet...such a range to decide on because their needs are varied.  I meed to research just a little more yet.  

blueberries have arrived but what now?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 00:22

Nattygirl,,send a photo to,your supplier.  Complain abiut the whole supply. they should not be like that

I bought from Trehanes a few years back...bushy well grown as expected.

you should not be thinking about pruning such newly supplied plants yet.  I am sure, if the supplier is a reputable one, that you will receive replacements. when you do,,set about pruning back long lanky, unfruiting stems on your current bushes to create lower and bushier growth.

for me, pruning blueberries is about removing thin shoots, dead shoots and dying shoots. to retain plenty of young vibrant growth.  

i assume you are aware of the need for acid compost for your blueberries.  This often means growimg them in pots

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:28


I realise increasingly I scan read, scan listen, etc., whilst thinking of something else. so got the gist of Timgly's post and fired off my reply. ,

Timgly's reply will be interesting. The plants are defo described  as hardy so pelargoniums can be ruled out.  But there is a donut for,the correct answer and you aint getting it Dove.......

Same old story

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:18

Me too sanjy....not twice a night but a few times a week with torch and salt solution in a bucket.  by far the most effective control of slugs and snails.

no, I dont offer any sacrificial plants...every plant is MINE.  Nothing for them.

currently watching a tv prog about glad slugs n snails don't have those teeth 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 02:59

There's orangey........

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:26

Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 07:46

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 09:48

Best herbaceous foliage

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 18:31

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 10:16

Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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