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June Colour

My daughter is getting married on June 30th. Have you any advice on what I can plant now for maximum colour impact. 230320171, , Co Cavan Posted: 23/03/2017

Vist a few garden centres in the 2 weeks before and see what they have available.

 

Water retaining gel use in winter ?

For Summer hanging baskets and containers I always use water retaining granules. Should I use them for Winter baskets etc, or could they freeze and kill the plants ? Clifford, , Co Cork Posted: 26/10/2016

No, there is no need. Indeed, there is some question over their value with summer bedding too.

  Winter colour
 

Winter colour

Part of my west facing bed only gets sun late afternoon any ideas for winter colour preferably bedding plants 220120161, Newbridge , Co Kildare Posted: 20/10/2016

Try some pansies for winter colour and some double daisies, and some wallflowers for spring and don't forget bulbs.

 

Window Boxes November

I planted winter pansies, violas and mini cyclamen and cyclamen in my window boxes in late September. The compost is very wet and cyclamen may be rotting. Have deadheaded but little further flowering. Do I need to dry out window boxes and if so how? Also, should I fertilise to encourage growth and if so, what type of product - dry product? Termonfeckin, Termonfeckin, Co Louth Posted: 24/11/2015


Ensure that drainage from the boxes is working and ensure that there is no undue drip ... from the roof or gutters and the like.
No feeding is necessary now, but you could liquid feed in early spring as growth picks up. 

 

Forget-me-not seeds

When should I sow my forget-me-not seeds so they are flowering with my tulips? Robbiezxc, Tramore, Co Waterford Posted: 08/10/2015

Forget-me-nots should be sown in a nursery bed outdoors, or in a tray and pricked out, in June or July.

 

spring window boxes

I bought 13 window boxes for the spring and im not sure what to fill them with. michellejoan, cookstown, Co Tyrone Posted: 31/01/2012

 

Spring bedding for containers is normally planted up in autumn and you get the winter and spring out of it before re-planting in May with summer material.

If you plant now you will still get 4 months, using pansies, primroses, batchelors buttons or any other spring bedding you can find. It is too late to work in some spring bulbs as they are already beginning to flower.

In May, you can plant up with a choice of summer bedding plants. More about this at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=319

 

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