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What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:27

Hiya Bob...always read your posts 

what have I learned from the garden this year?  Well, nothing new but it reminded me again that despite everything the seasons bring the garden averages out.  Last winter many were saying we would have nothing left to flower in spring....we had loads in flowers.   

Every year is different.  The garden changes and surprises us 


Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:18


Posted: 06/09/2016 at 09:07

morning again pansy 

in spring take basal cuttings, gritty compost, propagator or polythene bag and they respond quickly.  Pot on when rooted, pot on again as growth dictates and new plants by summer 

Scented geraniums cuttings

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 09:04

These cuttings are soooooo easy Wakeshine.  Don't get bogged down by over-instruction.  A 3 or 4" sturdy cutting with the cut end just below a node.  Half grit or half perlite and mpc.  Cover with polythene or not;  let the cuttings dry out before inserting or not.  Pelargonium cuttings if not over watered respond to a variety of methods. 


Posted: 06/09/2016 at 08:41

They are "well established" plants pansy.  They prob will not resettle too well.  I prefer to treat them to a mulch etc.  I would take cuttings too in spring, grow them on and plant them out eventually preparing exactly  as you suggest. 


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 23:23

I think temperature is the real problem here.  Delphiniums prefer cool conditions at their roots but I would not agree with digging up hose delphinimiums ....with respect Pansy 

i would mulch in spring and water well during hot dry spells.  

PAT, I think you are growing delphiniums in poor, dry impoverished soil.....?  Mulching, feeding and watering next season should avoid mildew.  Fungicide only helps short term but does not address the cause of mildew

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 23:12

Wakeshine,  I think you misheard slightly about those delphiniums.  I grow Pacific Giants and they are beautiful plants.  

Don't regret sowing those seeds.  See it through.  You may well have something very good but at least you will learn  during the Process

I grow maybe a dozen plants and they are named varieties.  it means I chose the colours I wanted.  I will add a variety shown on GW last week.  What I am trying to say is buy a variety in flower or named..  You don't want lots of  plants grown from seed.  Get one plant and take cuttings if you want more.  One beautiful, tall delphinium will catch the eye far more than lots of inferior ones

there is no substitute though for a combination of a few pellets and a few night visits with a torch. 

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Turfed Lawn

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 21:17

Grandad Al.  This makes me very angry indeed.  

Locally, I have dealt with a couple of such when I got the job redone (properly) and another, more difficult, but got full refund for an old lady I used to call on.  Scammers and low lives but bullies who become cowards when confronted.

Ladybird's advice is good and I suggest you do exactly that 

let us know how you get on 

wish you well 

my tiny jungle garden

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:17

Excellent derek 

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:03

Wakeshine, pot them up for sure asap.

put them in 1litre pots. No, not "really big" pots.  Keep them outside with a couple of pellets per pot.   check daily under the pots for little slugs. although they are hardy I would move them into a GH or put a cloche over them in November.

in spring pot on again into 2 litre then 3 litre pots......they will fill pots quickly and then you can plant them out

If you put them in the ground now you are sure to lose them within a week.....this is the season for hungry slugs.  

Delphiniums really are such worthwhile plants.....I have had 2 superb flowerings of them this year with a third making an appearance on some already.

Good luck Wakeshine 

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