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Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:38

The hydrangeas, if the usual types, can be pruned now.  Look for a pair of buds below the old flower head and cut to these.  Any old thin wood can be removed to the base and all dead stuff removed.  Feed, mulch and water well during the growing season

Re start dahlias

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:35

This year the night temperatures have been consistently low so I think dahlias are later than normal.  I have some shooting and some not.  Expect a difference by the weekend though 

help with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:33

Too much water can cause those leaf problems I think.  Yellow leaves, etc., can be corrected with sequesterene.  However, if that area is constantly wet I would  think about moving your camelia.   Can you make sure the water butt does not overflow there?

help with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:32

Too much water can cause those leaf problems I think.  Yellow leaves, etc., can be corrected with sequesterene.  However, if that area is constantly wet I would  think about moving your camelia


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:29

Chicky, agastaches are slow to show.  Have you marked where they are?  A warm week and maybe they will show.

lawn has been transformed over past couple of days ........some feed and good weather 

tomorrow is going to be even better 

help with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:35

Tolet, have you been watering it a lot lately?  Or is it in a wet spot?  


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:30

Pretty hot here too. ,planted out a couple of agastaches, hostas but yet to find perfect spot for Buddleia buzz Magenta.

garden full of large wallflowers in full bloom and when they are past their best dahlias, salvias and others will take their place.   A large specimen. Wallflower is far removed from those little things that are massed together in my opinion. 

Best winter hardy heather?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:25

The best  winter hardy heathers are the carneas.  I grow vivelli....dark foliage with dark pink flowers, Ann Sparkes with orange foliage and red flowers, foxhollow with yellow foliage  and pale pink flowers.  i also grow a taller white escapes me for mo......but there are lots of good varieties 

for ordinary soil.......neutral to alkaline ...the carneas are easy.,hardy and colourful even out of flower

Geranium "Mayflower" - help please!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:25


i have a plant of this........THINK it's Mayflower but it was a clump given to me......and its growing in an open situation and does well.  However from 2pm onwards it does not receive full sun.  

I would enrich the plantIng hole though and water well at first.  

Try your clumps in different's how most of us learn about our plants because plants are fairly adaptable.  

Can you create a relatively shady spot?  Or a dapplled shade spot by growing something a little taller on the sunny side?  

Can you pot up one clump to return it to its original site once your work is completed?


Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:18

Jade, I used to do just that.  Bags full of seaweed with all sorts of jumping, leaping and crawling creatures.  Mind you they tasted good with my cheese sandwiches .

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Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

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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