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Strictly 2014

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:19

oky doky ...drinks all round.  Wasn't I clever to,place that bet?   


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:16

Woody, a mass planting of Roseanne will be superb.  Roseanne grows large for me plant spreads makes a 6 to 8' wide mound of flowers all summer every year.  Get hackonechloa with it too for contrasting colour, form and movement.

nice thread Mike

Strictly 2014

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:09

Yippee!  I've won 


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:08

can you replace with new brick wall lavender Lass?  prob cheaper and quicker than odd repairs

Strictly 2014

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:01

I think pixie will go out.  Just put a £500 bet on it.  Bet I don't win 

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:33

I grow a conservatory full of pelargoniums.....don't know why cos they aren't a real favourite of mine.  lots of colour but no form.

watering?  I watered this morning.  not too much but they were dry.  their weight is a give away on this too. doesn't get too cold here although temps will be around 2 or 3 tonight and the conservatory is double glazed but unheated.  In a warm room they will need regular watering.  

My regime is to cut hard back in September.  Every flower and most every leaf.  Stems cut hard.  Cuttings then available.  I watered well then.  Regrowth is rapid but compact and the result is tidy mounds of plants ready to burst into flower early in spring.

I also overwinter pelargoniums in a cold greenhouse. ..even a few outside.  Depending on the winter they often survive. 

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:20

Love conifers too. however, those famous "dwarf" conifers are rarely that.  Many grow and grow and grow in Triplej's case.

so, I would seriously consider removing it too.  The problem will simply get worse. in any case, at least remove the offending branches Triplej.  You wont harm the tree.  

for me  conifers need to be "trained" from small.  Need to be considered for their suitability from the start. once had 20 or 30 specimen conifers and gradually removed many of them. They  served their purpose.  I have now some,truly slow growing varieties, a few taxus that have been well managed and a couple of junipers that are annually clipped.  

People seem not to appreciate the changing foliage colours on conifers during the year.  A blue juniper, for example, provides a beautiful piece of solid structure during winter.  A dwarf cryptomeria changes from green to purple/brown and back to brightest green in spring. Juniperus Blue Star provides a small blue mound to contrast beautifully with a red carex or dark heuchera during winter.  

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:00

Nice post Fishy

used to call on lots of people when I ran a charity down here.  The stress and strains on many of them was plain to see.  The pressure to buy bigger and better than ever before and then in the New Year the worry when the bills came in.

of course we miss those no longer with us and Christmas reminds us of this like no other occasion.  But there is an air of hope and fun and goodwill

SAD?  me too to an extent.  Hate the long dark gloomy cold months. love the summer time. Problems always seem more serious in the winter don't they?  I always get outside every day and no matter how bad the weather is I always feel better for it.

its an attitude thing too though.  After Christmas the days are lengthening.  After January it's Feb with the shortest day (so easy?)   Then signs of spring appearing every day.  Hey ho.  Summer's coming 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 18:39

Try to relax Matty. we are all rooting for you 


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:52

Just note Victoria that some geraniums like it dry others like shade and even some moisture.  Some spread wide and some are cushions.  Some flower briefly and others all summer

Some fantastic geraniums though.,   Elke is superb.  Check it out.  Ann folkhard with yellow foliage and magenta flowers all summer, margaret Wilson with grey foliage and delicate light purple flowers, and loads of great blues.  Black beauty makes a dark purple foliage mound topped by the brightest blue flowers.

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