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Posted: 16/06/2014 at 08:41

Morning forkers.

Wet here and work this afternoon so my gardening is very limited today, but the small joy in that is seeing whats new when I do get out there on Wednesday.

Happy gardening to all

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:41

Goodness me! I just went a page back and wow. Impressive gardens from so many skilled gardeners

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:37

Oh thats so beautiful

What's cropping in your veg patch?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:37

I've been cropping strawberries this week and next and the week after. There are just so many of them and they have to get eaten because I'm ripping out my strawberry patch afterwards, to redesign my veg plot.

trouble with acanthus

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:32

This is one of three Acanthus Mollis I grow. Firstly, its huge and I only fed it once in its lifetime last year, because it was looking less than vigorous. The leaves were yellowing and it was reluctant to flower. Saying that, it is over 15yrs old and I can't remmeber a single year it hasn't flowered. I never planted in any kind of special soil since back in those days, everything went into my sandy builder's rubble soil whether they liked it or not.

Secondly, It's at the front corner of my first border near the house. I have never regretted planting it there although this year, its over extended itself and will get a bit of a prune at some point. It's architectually splendid with so much to offer the eye and to be honest, the only problem it has is midday sun. They tend to sink a bit in terrific heat but perk up again by late afternoon.Perhaps, yours is in too much shade? It's got to be a reasonable amount of sun I've read.

Thirdly, be warned! These things are invasive if you are not a clean freak like me. The massive flower spires will drop large seeds close to the plant that form baby plants and is hard to dig our since each tiny bit of root will form an entiirely new plant! Cut off any flower spikes in the autumn, or be diligent at the plant base come early spring. I failed to do the hoovering properly this spring and my plant grew wider as a result.

I think these add majesty to the garden, but each to their own


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 04:31

Weren't you all up naughty late?

Have a lovely holiday BL. No chance of that for me, another day at the bakery. Off I go

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:46

I'll bear that in mind

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:29

Thanks for your responses and sound advice.

I do mulch every spring and the tree hasn't caused problems before but you may be right Dove, since the Acer has really grown this year, and thickend out, reducing the water content in the soil even further.

I will also feed it since i think I missed the blood fish and bone earlier in the year.

I feel like making more of these for a larger spread so perhaps I will divide in July/August ? I read this was the correct time to do it, and replant new pieces in well rotted compost. I save my best stuff for the roses, hostas and Clematis and I just emptied a whole compost bin into a spare 70litre bag 

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 04:41

My Blue Angel last year in July, looking splendid...

 and this year it is half the size!

What's going on? I haven't had it out the ground and we've had plenty of rainfall this year. Nothing has changed about its situation except its leaves are half the size. Amount of leaves is on par.

Any ideas?


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 04:25

Morning all.

Off to do my stupid o'clock shift today and tomorrow. Not much time for the garden, but I hope you guys get more

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