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Pruning pelagoniums

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 20:55

You can cut pelargoniums hard back to any green shoots with safety.  However, I cut back into old wood too and usually its fine.

pelargoniums....all of them, scented included......get leggy esp indoors during summer and I regularly cut them back.

as with most of my long flowering summer plants I cut all the top growth incl flowers off.   Outdoor pelargoniums, although stockier, also get this treatment.  

Cutting back removes dying and weak foliage and creates an opportunity to clean around the plant.

of course, plemty of cutting material is thus provided

Please help. Oh no Weedol.

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 18:58

Jayne,,we have all been stupid at times

dont wait fretting for your plants to recover....they wont

plant something else there instead.  However, I'm not sure if Weedol is persistent in the soil...its not a product I use.  If not replant asap so you have something for the summer

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 18:45

agastache...a cutting I took last year.  The original plant had lighter colour and this is a "sport" perhaps of it. 

 sorry, taken with my phone again as I was in a hurry


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 16:15

Well, so much for a cloudy day.  Been hot and delightful. 

Went to see my cousin earlier and helped a bit with his speech and word recognition therapy.  Difficult to tell if he is improving or not....

My white gauras have suddenly in front of agastache kolibri that I think blends hazily together.  A dwarf purple berberis foreground adds to it...I think

and the white dierama has suddenly swollen its it behind a tall lavendar veronicastrum

plants are loving this summer 

oh.....must get my fish n chips.(sshhhh! Hope nobody on the healthy eating thread has noticed.  Well, I'm hungreeeee)

I need your help

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 16:06

No lesley, sugar is main enemy as I understand it. Not just re weight.   sugar is in most everything we comsume but  that added spoonfull or two with every cuppa...tea or coffee...mounts up to a lot of toxic troubles folks.

Not recommending dairy as a diet no way.  But for ME it is a healthy diet.  It proved great for my mum...she had strong bones and despite many falls never fractured any.



I need your help

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:35's  the sugar that is culprit number one.

pure energy that is not easily burned off by the body.

Prob too the most toxic substance to the body. as a bonus you will keep your teeth. 

eat healthily, eat less and avoid the sweet tasties.  I don't believe in "magic" foods, etc.  Plenty of fresh veg and fruit.

i am a heavy dairy top milk, plenty of cheese and well as our cornish clotted cream.....but have a cholesterol level of 3.1. I just avoid added sugar....except when in donuts  ha ha 

ironically exercise can be a two edged can increase your appetite

good luck Pauline 




Very pleasantly surprised.......

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:22

Gardenmaiden, they will be plugs.  Perfect for next year.  Nothing for this year.

 I gave Amistad to friend a day or two was 40 cm plus tall with lots of flowers. This was a cutting taken last autumn.  Others (planted in the ground) are 4' plus tall

my point....that I feel I should stop making because it doesnt affect me and frustratingly few take heed that one decent plant ( a fiver if you look around in a nursery) will give a beautiful impact making plant NOW.  It will also provide as many plants as you need next year.  Cuttings will outgrow those plugs.

My garden is full of quality purchased plants and their offspring cuttings or divisions.  Every plant I buy or have given to me has cuttings immediately taken.  what better value?  You yourself choose the varieties you want in your garden and not what suppliers give you.

plugs of perennials, bought at this time of year esp when sales of garden plants are everywhere, are not good value.   In my opinion.  

I will make no more comment on plugs or bare roots  ...........calm now 



Posted: 11/07/2015 at 12:15


beetroot seed can rot quite easily in cold soils....

I dont think beetroot seedlings transplant very well so sow insitu.

when seedlings emerge make sure they are well watered.  Dry hot sun is a big no for beetroot.

beetroot seedlings are brittle.  I place a fleece over them and raised slightly above the ground until they are 3" or so.

I use a seaweed spray on beetroot 2 or 3 times...they are a maritime crop and seem to enjoy this feed

good luck Logan 

Should I deadhead lupins

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 12:09

Claire, those pods are taking energy from your lupins.  Remove them and si cleanly.  Jagged  bruised stems and foliage attract snails


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 06:55

Pruning ideally in late winter/early spring Margaret in future

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