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Potting on or Planting out?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 15:07
Hello helcatt
Another Cornish guy.....I guess maybe Helston area?
It is warmer now...don't know where you are but here I think any frost has long gone.
Your plugs need to be hardened off.....
Where are they now? Greenhouse or outside?
Can you fleece them after planting for couple weeks? To help protect from animals if nothing else

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 14:59
Fairygirl......I have told you about your language before
Doesn't sound like any fairies I know

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:51
Stake early. Most perennials are fine with supports for bottom 30 cm or so as long as they are firmly placed.
Delphiniums are the exception......6' or 7' canes per stem and cut off when plant has reached its limit

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:47
The advantage of trays is that they can be covered....I use those see through seed covers


Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:44
Hiya Matty
Thanks for pm...just replied
Sorry you've got bad news. Maybe help to tell us?
we're all friends here and ready to support you.
Hope you have good support from family, friends where you are
Thinking of you matty

The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:56
Don't think your trousers tempt me dove.
In one of my silly moments at specsavers recently I was tempted by a pair of extra large, almost comkcal black glasses but the assistant kept insisting in all seriousness that they "didn't suit" me.
In an emergency on Sunday I had to buy pair tights for niece. So confused by range, size colour etc I asked for sssistant's help whilst talking to my niece on my mobile. I then said to my niece I wasn't sure if they had them in MY SIZE .....the look on the assisant's face was priceless......her mouth open wide in disbelief and shock. I couldn't stop laughing. The relief when I explained to her I was joking was clear. I enjoyed that.......I did, I did

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:44
Morning dizzy lizzy.
Couple of my hostas are in full growth but most only just moving.
It's late season and hostas are tough and will emerge any day.
It's been mild.....relatively....winter down here but still cold spring so just a bit more warmth and everything will catch up


Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:36
Morning FORKERS. Dove hope you are feeling better and Bev too.
Morning Matty. No pm? Have a feeling I may be getting you addicted to variegated plants!
Brum grew geum Borissi and mrs Bradshaw years back. My soil is on light side and they weren't the most impressive then. Tempted by a couple of newer varieties to plant in an area of better soil....but, Brum, I am tempted by so many plants these days. Can't remember it's name but there was a lovely orange variety at Chelsea last year that beguiled me.
Now Brum, no more shouting "hostas" to the skies just cos you are getting excited about the arrival of spring.

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:13
Figrat. Agree with Chelsea chop. Those two varieties are those I have now.

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:11
Fairygirl, for some reason I have never grown heleniums before but I have a feeling it's because some old varieties were invasive
Brum I have a variety of support methods.....individual canes for delphiniums and shaped, home made wire cloche supports.
However, the vast majority of my plants are self supporting and do not require staking. Dwarfer varieties and feeding to promote flowers rather than growth....viz., low organic slow release fertilisers..make for sturdier garden environment

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