Disability gardening

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    Dai007 Apprentice Gardener

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    Good day to all.
    I have disability heart and lower lumber disc disease.
    Any way I'm new here and been looking through the question and answers and have learnt a lot about flowers.
    Most of my flowers are in pots all over the garden,We have Gerberas and a lot of items come every year my wife who has Parkinson's dries her best she's a favourite of poppy been trying to grow them from seed.Also we have a large selection of
    Osteospermum which are getting leggy and quit old thinking of cutting right back this year the other selection we have are quite a few of
    hydrangea which also need cutting back
    many thanks
    David
     
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      Hi David, welcome to Gardeners Corner. I don't grow any Gerbas, but this might help.


      I have about 9 or so Hydrangeas of different varieties around the garden and love the display they give. The one thing they do dislike is lack of water but, otherwise, for me have been trouble free.

      "In late winter or early spring, these shrubs can be cut all the way back to the ground. Smooth hydrangeas will produce much larger blooms if pruned hard like this each year, but many gardeners opt for smaller blooms on sturdier stems. To reduce flopping, leave a framework of old growth."

      I , like a lot of the GC Gang, have a lot of pot, large and small, in the garden
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      I grow Monarda, Echicanacea, Bearded Iris, Lupins, Grasses, Ferns, ........basically anything that will grow, or fit:heehee: in a pot, and my advice is to keep feeding them during the Spring and Summer and, of course, watering while during a light pruning and dead heading where needed. Our regards to your Lady Wife:love30:
       
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        Brilliant Thanks very much
         
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          Hi @Dai007 - I'd suggest taking plenty of cuttings from your osteospermums as you hack them back, just in case you get over-enthusiastic and they don't recover! They should be easy to propagate. As a fellow grower in South Wales, I have one supposedly hardy gerbera that survived the winter in a pot, but I am expecting that a hard winter will get it. Do you protect yours?
           
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            Greetings David. I am sure we could share much chat apart from gardening. I was retired from the CS years ago. I'm sorry to learn about your wife's medical condition. Gardening is very therapeutic.
            As Carolinet says, take plenty of cuttings, even if only one survives, that's one more than you started with.

            This truly is friendly forum, loads of knowlege and great respect for each and everyone. Hope to hear more from you soon. Best wishes to Mrs. D.
             
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              @Dai007 welcome to the forum!

              I love growing in pots too. So forgiving. Not enough sun? Then move it to a brighter spot. Looking forward to your posts!
               
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                we have only had the Gerbera this year all new.
                Regarding the osteospermums I intend to try and get loads of fresh cuttings any tips on taking cuttings.
                About protecting them no never bothered planning on doing so this winter as the Gerbera are new plan is to cover with fleece.
                Thanks.
                David
                 
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