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Posted: 23/05/2015 at 13:37

Warm, bright day.  But no real sun so far.  Misty from across the sea.  I think sun will do its stuff soon though.

a hosta I bought from Bowdens early last year....Fire Island....has never really done much.   After a little early spring growth it has died down again to very little.  I emailed Bowdens yesterday and tneir response this morning was "a replacement is being sent to you".  Impressive. Will add to the "good guys" thread. 

anyone growing Fire Island?  It's the only hosta that isn't making an impression.  Perhaps I just had a poor clone 

just had a free meal offer.......wot do I do?  Difficult decisions always to make in my life . Think I'll ask if a dessert is offered.  Prob say yes then 

Big, big problem just noticed.       Got a red towel on the line and a blue shirt at the other end.  A couple of lupins can be seen but the red lupin is on the red towel side.  I had better dig up the lupins and change them over.  Hey. Hang on a mo!  I'm a real smart cornishman....I will swap the shirt with fhe towel.  

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 11:19

Well, we had plenty of gardening on the box didn't we?  And Beechgrove still to see when I watch the recording.  


It's my birthday

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 11:17





Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:13

Got 3 wild swan.  they are all with buds.  However, only one is big,,viz., over 60 cm lush and bushy.  2 are about 20 cm with buds but nowhere near as vigorous . I have no idea why but wondered if they are short term perennials.  The vigorous plant is 2 years old.  The others are a year older.  It's not soil, feeding or moisture. 

It may simply be that Wild Swan is short lived.  Anyone with a 5 year old plant?


Posted: 23/05/2015 at 00:02

The idea is to prune in early soring to provide maximum growth rate. however, I would still,prune it now Back to the base Peanuts.  You will still get enough wood this summer...just not as much.  I would give it a generous feed and water it well during the summer

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 23:46

By summers end that hedge will have regained a lot of that.  Dont bother with climber

Been knipped.......

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 23:43

Mine will come as a 3 litre plant.....dont do plugs

Been knipped.......

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 22:09

It looks like my Tawny King is unavailable.  Mango popsickle on its way though.,,

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 22:05

Well, comfront your neighbour.  Get him to pay for your new climber.  What a b....y cheek for him to butcher your hedge like that.

but your hedge should grow back.  Tell him not to touch your hedge again.  Do you feel comfortable confronting him?

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:30

Yes...I assume its the dried, bagged concentrated stuff.

the rudbeckias, are they the annual or perennial type?  For the perennials I would trench in plenty of garden compost or bulky manures in the autumn.

However, mix a few handsfull of dried manure with your soil before returning it to the planting site.  Keep area well watered during summer

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