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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 15:01

Raspberries...autumn and regular...planted plus medlar this morning.  Perfect weather for it ...raining now.  We have differences, my friend (whose raspberries, etc. I was planting) likes things planted close.  I like to give room to grow.  However, to humour her I planted her way.  She wanted to visit the local  gc too and bought stuff she already has...drove me up the wall!  Will have to have excuses to hand to avoid going there too often 

punkdoc...dont know which is more embarrassing...the fall or the pity from the attractive girl! 


Hellebore plug plants

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 14:53

Not for me.  Pot them up using good quality john Innes. They will grow away faster and better. ,plant out in autumn.

rhododendron in pots

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 12:14

Ericaceous compost....of course.  I prefer ericaceous John Innes 


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 08:30

Hello forkers

morning Bill....sorry you not so good right now.  Best wishes to you 

dry this morning......planting fruit bushes later


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 22:28

Charley, I'm sure it will show new growth soon.  Aubrietia, except for some of the variegated varieties,,is very hardy.  If in reasonably well drained soil it will be fine.

Well hello 2015

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 22:26

Well, hello to you Tray.

yes, the garden is moving now...onwards and upwards from now on 


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:13

Trying to work out where hellebores grow best in my garden and conditions.  More black spot last year than I have ever known...not all but on some.  I think humidity in summer could be a reason.  A little too much watering ...that they prob dont need as they are in good one conclusion.they will be kept drier and will be denied any flowering over the summer. 

Slug extermination

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:08

Nematodes, pellets or vigilance in picking off slugs/snails at night rather than any boiling water will help in controlling these critters.

turning over the ground and exposing eggs etc to the birds may help too.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:05

Their reputation is that peonies hate to be moved but I have found that not to be the case.  I divide, move them etc and they flower often following year. the secret is to plant them shallowly as has been said.  And a big no to growing them in pots.

I agree too that slugs are prob the reason for your perennials disappearing Kim. Especially in early spring.  At least protect them during this time 


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:20

A balanced organic fertiliser for blood and bone....or pelleted chicken manure .


Discussions started by Verdun

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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