Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 14:19

An earlier reference to watering, and the possibility of rain, reminded me of something Alan Titchmarsh said... an inch of rain (which we rarely get all in one go in summer) will penetrate the soil to a depth of 9 inches. Whilst this is useful it is no where near enough, and unless we get continuous and frequent rain , we must keep on watering. Pots and tubs in particular get almost no benefit from rain as much is shed by the leaves without touching the compost. Having said that plants seem to smile more when they have had a good drink of rainwater.

Personally, I don't use the spray attachment when I water. I remove it and water using the end of the hose at the base of the plant.  If I was thirsty I would much rather lie beneath the tap, than run around the garden with my mouth open in a storm!



Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:17

White agapanthus have much wider leaves which is the general rule for A's that may be most tender. My blues are much thinner. I always take my whites indoors over winter/early spring. I protect the latter from exceaa moisture only, outside.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:12

Sorry to disagree but the tree is not like my campestres. Shape of leaf is similar but it is too much like a cultivated tree than a wild specimen. Leaves too large and luxurious?


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:07

Have just been out to have another look and those in pots that spent some time in the GH are a bit leggy. Pinching out earlier and bringing outside earlier should help me next year. This Spring has been sunny and mild and the GH has been too warm at times perhaps?


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:24

Off into garden now, as my "man who does", is about to arrive. Will report on progress later

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:22

Percy was my first gardening guru......

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:04

Also most of their roses are the old fashioned types which have one marvellous but relatively short season. The scent is almost overpowering, and is boosted by underplanting with dianthus, which are equally heady.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:56

Thanks Chicky, you enjoy it too. I am going on Thursday. I am staying locally overnight  so won't need such an early start as usual,, and will still start with a full english in the Tiltyard.. I might be looking for posh furniture for my new terrace.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:52

Mottisfont is near me so I go every year, especially when roses are at their best. Very good this year, and earlier. Lots of work going on to give more all year round interest as well.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:50

I left all my dahlias in the ground last winter and they have survived well. The only problem was that they are underplanted with daffs. and while the latter's foliage was dying down the whole bed became a mass of weed and dying foliage. Eventuallu I got in among it to clear it out and it is now fine. I have then mulched it with spent MPC... looks very neat. Other risk was slugs and snails chomping on the emerging dahlias down among the daffs/weeds, so had no choice but to broadcast pellets.

I used to store tubers and then pot them up as soon as buds started to show. They were stood outside in a sunny spot straight away, usually March/April ( if frost threatened I moved them overnight to shelter). So I grew them hard from the off, and I think this avoids legginess. A few dahlias which I grow in large pots, and which I am forcing to gain a head start for showing them at the local Show, are definitely taller but are strong and flowering well. Growing them on indoors seems to be the risk for legginess.

Hope this helps.

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