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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2014, 09:24:57 PM »
The whole plot, including the house, is  about two-thirds of an acre, Margaret. It's closely planted :)

There are literally hundreds of rhododendrons-  and I forget the names of more of them every year!


Apologies, Maggi you missed out two words!!!!   'It's closely AND BEAUTIFULLY planted':)
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2014, 09:30:39 PM »
Thank you, Cliff.  :-*
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2014, 08:35:35 PM »

Here, here, Cliff.  Those dwarf Rhododendrons are beautiful and have the added advantage of great foliage texture all year. Our garden is 500mm of good soil over builders rubble and so I've never been able to grow any acid loving shrubs much to my sorrow.
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2014, 08:57:11 PM »
I think I may have to come and live in your garden....at least until the daffs start up again.  ;D
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2014, 09:10:09 PM »
I think I may have to come and live in your garden....at least until the daffs start up again.  ;D
You're welcome so to do, Anne - we'll even let you sleep indoors - but honestly- wouldn't you rather go to Fermi's in Oz to catch his  daff season ?
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2014, 10:17:02 AM »
Hadn't thought of that!
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2014, 03:18:52 PM »
What pH is your soil Maggi?

Everything seems to flourish.
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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2014, 03:59:51 PM »
Good question, Mike - it's been a longtime since it was last tested and I don't remember exactly.  :-[  somewhere around 6  to  6.5 I think -  so on the acid side, but not very much so.
The underlying soil is a sandy loam and we have forty years of added mulch, composted bark etc which has undoubtedly made it a nice friable  mix to nourish the plants.

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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2014, 01:05:11 PM »
Cheers Maggi.............6.0-6.5 & sandy loam eh?

Well I've done what I can with the basic soil in my garden which is a fertile but heavy loam, now double dug with lots of grit, sand, horse manure & composted bark. On top of that I'm gradually building up a good layer of woodland type soil with leafmould & composted bark..............I've got 6 years mulching under my belt just another 34 to go. ;D

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Re: 09 April 14
« Reply #39 on: April 23, 2014, 01:11:07 PM »
Oh, yes- manure - I forgot to mention manure - there has been a goodly quantity of  well rotted horse and cow manure dug in over the years.
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