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White Pelargoniums in pot

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 21:50

LOL! Fairygirl.  I haven't heard the description 'footering' since mum passed away.  Love it.   Yes, they do look great when they're 'placed' and so reliable.  I like the sound of 'Lord Bute'.  I think they always look stunning in early evening when the sun starts to lower.  Such strong colour.

Verdun - it WAS a sunny day.  I'll see what happens with them next as it looks as if the whole pot are behaving the same way.  I'll see how it goes and then maybe chop the stems and see if the next growth comes up as normal.

Thank you.


Growing Roses

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:23


Everyone has such lovely roses.  Rose heaven!

Looks like I'm going to have the usual unsuccessful start to the year with what's left of mine.  Thought I had blasted off most of the greenfly the last few weeks but the few buds coming up are all pretty much like this so far (see pic).

some of the flowers in my garden

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:20

Lovely pink shades all of them. And I was going to ask about the Pink Fizz as well but pieris beat me to it.  It's gorgeous.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:13

Stifyn and Verdun:  I had been going to ask the same about my Senetti which are also going off the boil.

I was confused by what I felt were mixed messages on a couple of internet sites.  One said that Senetti loved full sun.  The other said they only thrived in cool sheltered conditions.  So like you Stifyn, I had them in a cool corner which is part-shade and then I moved them into full sun.  But I suspect mine are past their time.  I also read that they love their soil (if in pots) to be kept moist at all times and to shear the flowers off and then look for more blooms in about a month - but as Verdun says expect them to bloom with less 'oomph'.  I'd been trying to think of ways to somehow keep the plants until next Spring...but it sounds as if everyone gets rid of them each season.

Plant id please.

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:09

Nice colour too!

Help! Am I growing stinging nettles!?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:07

L Bennett - I've also been nurturing nettles thinking they were something else.  Ha!  I've decided to keep them unless they spread like mad.  I also have some willow herb being cossetted as I thought they were something else as well..doing well this year on mistaken identity.  But I'm going to keep them alongside the nettles and pretend that my intention all along was to have a 'natural' area for wildlife!!!!!!

A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:57

Oh Lord Palaisglide : free range chicken in the oven and post-feed flat out in the conservatory afterwards.  I'm envious.  I bet we all are.

White Pelargoniums in pot

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:53

Hi 'Fairygirl'.  I was never 'into' pelargoniums until I discovered that with this garden being pretty much enclosed, they survive the winter very well here outside and I never have to do anything with them except a good watering whenever they get bone dry. I get a lot of unpredictable wind in this garden which ruins tall or thin-stemmed plants to the point of destruction and the pelargoniums stand up to anything.  The rain ruins their 'look' of course - but just pulling off the petals and off they go re-blooming again.  So in my garden, they brighten things up dotted around in their pots and are sturdy stalwarts when everything else blows over and looks a total mess.

I've come to love them and I never thought I would!  (It's a pity my late mother isn't around to hear me declare this - I just know she would be laughing like mad and nodding with 'I told you so' written all over her face).

A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:48

Max sounds like my kind of dog.  An old hand and subtle in the ways he gives affection in recognising where he likes to spend his holidays and chill out!  Lovely story.   There is nothing so calming and quietly perfect than to have a happy aged animal around who is at home in their surroundings.  What brilliant companionship.

Potentilla Flowers Shrivelled

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:42

ommthree - I've never grown them in pots but the ones I have in the garden are in ordinary soil which is quite poor and dry unless it rains.  They do well in these conditions but mine are a yellow and maybe do well in quite poor soil in the sun.  I don't know anything about red ones or potentilla in pots.

I'd slip it out of the pot and have a look at the roots, see if there's anything going on there.


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