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Woodgreen wonderboy

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More plants needed

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 22:14

I love Roxanne flowers forever. Apparently some clever hybridiser crossed one geranium that flowered early with another that flowered late and, hey presto. It is one of the bigger geraniums and needs a bit more space than most so I have to be a bit careful where it goes as it can flop over the plants nearby

Two other hardy geraniums of huge merit...psilostenum which has the most magical black-eyed cerise flowers that stand out in the crowd of often dull/pale pinks and mauves of the pack. Second Ann Folkard..a great favourite of Christopher LLoyd who grew it because it wanders around and climbs up throuh the plants nearby enhancing them with its yellow/green foliage and cerise flowers, again with an "eye". For example try it alongside lavendar.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 21:57

I hesitate to comment on behalf of the disabled or those older members of society who find it hard to get about but some of the larger GCs seem to be rocking with their presence. Clearly they are doing more than just gardening...but find them great places to eat (often several times a week), meet friends and have social contacts, be taken by their many carers for a day out, keep warm in cold weather' window shop in comfort and under cover, and not least enjoy the myriad of flowers and plants and perhaps live again their gardening memories, successes and failures. So it's all a bit more complex than praising the internet for this group, and believing that GCs are for the able bodied. It's actually the is for fit busy people, and GCs are a boon to the less mobile.


More plants needed

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:01

Gazanias smile when the sun shines..I have found them more hardy than advertised. Has anyone else nursed them through winter to get a second season and were they as good?

Why I never buy online

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:51

I never buy plants online and rarely mail order. These are the 10 reasons why:-

i. I like to have a day out every now and again.

2. I like to see the actual plant i am buying. i get to chose the best.

3. i can see the actual colour of the flowers/leaves.

4. i get to make friends.

5. I get expert advice from people I trust.

6. I find bargains.

7. Sometimes I treat myself to a very nice lunch or a cream tea.

8. I don't have to pay postage and packing for heavy items.

9. I have been badly let down by mail order.

10. I am an old fashioned so and so who wants to retain the old ways as long as possible. What will you do if the internet closes down all the Nurseries/garden centres?

Do you agree and how many other reasons can you contribute?


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 20:33

Clearly we won't be able to trust the "when to do it" advice for this year if "they", whoever "they" are, can't be bothered to amend something "they" pull out of the drawer every year without even reading it. Perhaps "they" have delegated this task to someone who doesn't have a garden!!

Plug plants ,How much perlite to add to multi purpose compost ?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 20:27

None necessary. I have just potted on the smallest gazanias I have ever bought and they are romping away in fresh potting compost. Beware experts trying to separate you from your money.

Too cold to relocate perennials?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:42

Since the plants are dormant the risks are probably slight, and you could mulch heavily which is no bad thing in any case. If you are so stir crazy that you must celebrate Easter in the garden then go for it. Sorry to answer your question by giving you a choice. Let's start a referendum on it. So far 2 votes for, 2 against.

Garden Planters

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:37

I have something very similar to these, several in fact of differring sizes, and I fill them with hostas, which look good in an elegant planter like this. I can also control slugs and snails more easily with REAL pellets whilst not putting pets and wildlife at risk. I got them through last year with hardly a hole or shred in sight. Very lovely to look at. At moment they are hard up against the house for shelter and wisely are still hibernating. When warmth arrives I can easily move into position on patio.

When I plant a collection of something in pots I go for varying sizes. The variation adds to the effectiveness of the dispaly...bit like a flowerbed with smalls at the front, larger behind. Large pots can have several plants (I would limit the variety to one for effect) with even very small pots having a single plant. Experiment for yourself you will love the results and take your ideas into next year's season.

Forum names

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 13:36

GG, a little mystery is always a good thing.

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:37

I have friends who grow this successfully in the shadow of the South Downs, very chalky and definitely no acid in sight. They gave me some clumps in the Autumn to replant here and I am following this thread with interest.

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