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Labels or forget

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 20:28

I don't usually do labels in the garden as they disappear, break, fade etc. However I am trying to be disciplined with my new alpines in the GH/AH.

One major problem.... the smaller the plant the longer the name......first rule of alpine gardening....and they are unpronouncible or memorable either.  grrrrrrrrrr

The labels are bigger than the plants!!

Depth advice

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 20:24

Chicky , there must be a way to feed alliums to keep them big. Not sure what it is but someone will advise.

Perhaps if you feed as they emerge, they will put on lots of growth which will then feed the bulb as it dies down later. 

Talkback: Growing spring flowers for bumblebees

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 20:20

A recent piece of research at Sussex univ. has shown that majoram is the very best plant for nectar for insects, followed by lavendar. You could grow some in pots in the GH to bring it on early enough for the queens?

Mottling on Japanese Azalea leaves

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 20:07

Not sure what the problem is altho' yellowing can be a sign of iron deficiency. Have you been watering with tap water? As it is stiil mild you could give it some irom sequestrene feed, and an acid mulch.

It's a bit late in the year for remedial action. You could move it now but if it is sickly that might be risky. I would cosset it where it is, enjoy next year's flowers if it has some and then move it.

Talkback: Growing spring flowers for bumblebees

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 20:01

You can grow camassia in grass ( Christo LLoyds garden at Great Dixter has them in the grass leading to the front door of his house), or in pots, which is what I do, to make sure I don't accidentally plant over them, or dig them up  


Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:16

Leaving plants in pots does have the drawback of pests but they are easier to control in the pot, than open ground. I have no compunction in using pellets in the confines of a pot.


Posted: 31/10/2013 at 09:33

Chicky, you may have permission to use the A word from tomorrow with my blessing. The W word may not be used until 1 December or when it snows, whichever comes first!

Talking of language changing with the successive generations, and I have not a clue about the current crop of new words, we must not forget that we 27 year olds did exactly the same in our day.... perhaps to wind up the older generation, perhaps to exert our independence or whatever.

Here are a couple to get you started... groovy baby, psychodelic, fab.... over to you 


Posted: 31/10/2013 at 09:25

I wouldn't use plastic carrier bags if I were you. I have stored dahlias in cardboard boxes over winter for many years, in an outhouse to keep them dry. I cover the boxes with fleece and hessian to help keep any real cold at bay and I can honestly say that the vast majority have survived year after year. The larger tubers always survive, some of the smaller ones don't. You must expect some losses, but the fun is in going to the GC in spring and choosing some new varieties to make up the numbers. I grow about 150 dahlias overall including those I leave in tubs and never change the compost.... but that's another story.


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:23

Do you mean me old chap?


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:18

I had a notification for "I'm Leaving" this afternoon when I logged on. When I opened it, it was completely empty. I for one will not grieve over it.

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