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GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:09

Why?  What's happening on May 7?   Someone's birthday?  

Bit of a disagreement on this thread but isn't that what makes gardening and gardeners fascinating?  We all have our own styles, methods and viewpoints.  A bit of (fractious) debate is great

such a busy morning and now I have to wait for someone to turn up.  Already couple of hours late.  

Still a lovely day...missing a bit of sun but very pleasant.

Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:19

Hardening off small plants  merely slows up,their growth. I understand the position but.  If there is room, if  greenhouse or cloche protection is available, growing plants indoors right now will produce bigger, better specimens.

Rose in a poor environment

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:38

As I see it, roses need half a day's sunshine every day ideally.  And to be fed, fed and fed.  Soil to be good and to be moisture retentive.  

Erica, your site does not sound ideal at all, does it?  

I will be planting a new rose tomorrow....the soil is good sandy loam and enriched with compost with added fish blood and bone, so a balanced fertiliser.  It will be in a sunny spot.  

For me, anything that flowers a lot needs to be fed a lot.  A high potash feed then once a month or so during summer

Can you move your roses to a sunnier situation?  And if you can try to add some compost of sorts to your clay soil.  


Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:29

Winniecat, let Perki have his heleniums THIS year.   And choose varieties to suit........from very tall to more compact sturdier.  From yellow to red.  From early to late.

Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:26

Flower lover, for me those plants are far too small 7cm plant out right now.  

i would not be thinkIng of "hardening off" plants but rather of growing your plants. Perennials will be starting to grow fast now.....look to pot on now.  Aim to pot on again so,that they are in 1 litre pots before you plant out in the garden.  Experiment if you like, but compare plants planted out when small with those potted on a little longer .

Mid April should see much bigger plants.  Harden off then for a week or so

Dalia Planting

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:33

Hello Mark

well it does depend on how cold it is but mid April should be fine.  Perhaps have some fleece to hand if you love in cold area.  I have dahlias in the ground that are shooting now 

Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:30

No experience of them Perki.  There are some helenium specialists that sell other plants.  Does it have to be James Compton.  There are others that are good...Brunette, Pink Spike, Black Negligee for example.

Heleniums are one of my favourite em.  They will grow fast soon....down here they already have been.  Given good soil that doesn't dry out, a feed and an awareness of slug and snail attacks heleniums will generally make a good show this summer.

how many plants? Don't go overboard.  They are not plants, for me, that need to be planted in 3's for example.  They will fill a reasonable size spot in first season

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:21

Like the others here I have been reading your story Lyn.  

You are clearly you say...out of fight.  Just hang in there Lyn.

i recall a moment when my mum was having one of her UTI episodes (didnt know then what they were) and the thought of ending this situation for her was very strong.  

nobody has magic words and they don't change how things are but we are all here for you Lyn, wishing you well and willing you to have the strength.

things should not be like this but thousands of people across the country are struggling with old age issues.  Addressing this does not seem to be a priority for those in power.  It was frustrating for me...I got angry.  I did manage to get things changed for my mum but I'm a bloke and people listened...eventually.  

I just wish you all the very best 

Confession Times!

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:09

I like your style Bubba Ray 


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:05

Early lunch.  Was out cutting back hedge early this morning......always good to get it out of the way. ,solanum album cut back as well as sarcoccoca and a honeysuckle  Everything I do is at breakneck speed.....have to get  things done quickly once started.

pretty good here...dry, mild but no sun. ,pleasant conditions. Think sun will make an appearance.  Spike had to wait for his walk to the beach today whilst I Cut the hedge but it was lovely down there

just been told Olivia rose Austin will be delivered tomorrow.  All in place for it.

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