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Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:58

Pelargoniums do quickly go brown or fade.  Although not my favourite flowers I grow quite a lot of them and desdheading is almost a daily chore.  Cut off flowers as they fade Una......fresh buds quickly develop and thus helps keep plants compact.  Now and then cut off long stems too when you deadhead.

(that's the problem with white flowers, their pristine whiteness is tarnished so quickly on most plants from camelias through to astrantias)

Covering Leylandii

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:51

Agree with Fairygirl on this one......except I would not add trellis to the top of the fence.  Do you have space for some shrubs there the amateur gardener?  A mixture of planting and depth of planting ..???


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:34

Pretty hot today.   From a misty, drizzly overnight the sun burst through early.  

Dont think we get that much sun here.......none at all at night time 

How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:31

Cheyenne are pretty robust, in my experience.  Domt think you have said, Valerie, how big your plants are, have you?

to flower well they need a decent size.  I would remove any flowers now and let them form in July.


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:25

Always use plastic pots.....they are more hygienic/sterile I feel for cuttings.  I think the air, space, drainage thing applies to both terra and plastic. Besides, isn't it only logical and feels right to place cuttings around the rim?.

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:22

Brenda, those black patches are prob areas of dying moss.  I would wait a couple of weeks yet to see if grass grows there.

Planting out hydrangeas

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:17

So many people buy plants in flower before their narural time.  the plants brought on, forced, to look pretty early and, as said already, those flowers were produced inside a greenhouse facility. When this happens to me I remove the flowers....and harden off of course.

keep it well watered Birdy....the name tells you it likes water...and it will settle down nicely.  Possibly it wont,produce flowers next might...but will do a year later 

How to

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 22:09

Valerie, remember those echinaceas will now start to grow well with the warmer weather. wouldnt dig them up now but I always growmin pots before,planting out.   Still have several in 3 litre pots now to plant out when sure of their colours.


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:13

Yes but a conservatory would be better over winter.  Or take late cuttings to stand in warm kitchen

border design help

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:11

Dont over contrive it amberspy.  

Lots of white choices....guaras like whirling butterflies will produce hazy lightness swaying in the slightest breezes.  Geum totally tangerine is similar style.  A couple of each of these will set a delicate touch. White varieties of phlox, campanulas, malvas, dianthus, veronicas, argyranthemums, veronicastrums, echinaceas, astrantias, tiarellas, etc. are all lovely plants.  Other oranges include echinacea, dahlias, dwarf kniphofias, gazanias, arctotis, agastaches, heleniums, hemerocallis.

a variety of height and form is important too

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