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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 00:27

Bekkie that is hard.  My sister died at 32 leaviNg a 12 year old boy and an 18 month baby girl.  It is still difficult for me, even now, cos I was also a father to her when our dad left. I,guess things are for a reason but I struggle to accept that.  However, I am very close to her children amd know the boy, now a 31 year old man, still feels that pain.  The baby girl is now 20 and always loves the conversations about her mum.  

New Rudbeckia and Echinacea plants query

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 00:18

Rudbekias are hardier than echinaceas and less temperamental.

I grow a lot of the newer .......and more difficult varieties.....and they really do need to develop as big a root system as possible before flowering. They are problematic in winter too, some times (paradoxically) because they are too warm and cosseted . 

Cangrandmafixit, what varieties do ??ou have?  The older varieties are less of a problem. Those varieties can be left in the ground   Down here ...in Cornwall....in my soil (light Sandy) they survive well enough.  However, I,will dig up some of the modern ones and keep in greenhouse.

If you have young plants they are best kept indoors......they beat both the winter  and the slugs then    

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:35

Sounds good lily 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:19

You're welcome ozwig. 

Yes Fairy...very witty   Actually the Hollies were a fav of mine.. Was it "All I  need is the air that I breathe"? Still like that one 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:12

Fishy, my "addiction" is....or was.....anger.   So destructive, never cures anything and is all consuming.  Anger is a very easy emotion because it allows you to disguise the deeper stuff.   And boy, did I get angry!  

None  of us can judge another .  Hopefully we can try to empathise 

New Rudbeckia and Echinacea plants query

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:03

soney,

No, don't plant them out   Keep in those pots outside until frosts beckon then overwinter in greenhouse. Don't pot on now.Rudbekias are hardier but still leave until early spring.  Rudbekias can then be planted out

Echinaceas are different, ESP the new varieties.  You should pot on in spring and plant out when growth is vigorous or delay planting  out and pot on again.  Dont let them flower before mid summer....let them develop a good strong root system first.  Keep well watered. After mid summer let them flower and they should then flower right through to the frosts.

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:08

I thought that Philippa.   But someone wished you a  happy birthday .....nameless but lulu ?  ......and didn't want to miss  You out .  

Spike is taking me out for a meal later unless I'm barking up the wrong tree   

coniferous Ash

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:06

Hiya buddyboy, no its just a good place to burn it and will add something 

New English Gardener - 2 Questions

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:02

Campanula and Knautia  Macedonia or scabious chili black

Aster frikartii  Momch with  rudbekia or leucanthemum broadway lights 

Potentillas with gladioli.  Or euphorbia Tasman tiger 

Depending on day lily colour a caryopteris or ceratostigma 

 

New driveway=new bed :-)

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 17:58

Again, I'm suggesting choisya.  Brilliant evergreen rich glossy leaves and white highly scented flowers in spring.  One or two shrubs only.  Maybe a white hydragea as well.  Or white potentilla for white flowers throughout summer.  

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