ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS

first_imgHanging baskets, containers and window boxes are a great way to add colour to your home during summer. There are lots of different ways to fill hanging baskets depending on your budget and the type of flowers you like.Now is the time to start preparing, planting and planning how to maintain them throughout the summer season. First you need to decide where you would like to put the hanging baskets around your house and garden.It is best to look for nice sheltered, sunny positions. Choose the size of baskets you would like – 12 inch up to 16 inch in diameter are the most popular.Then pick the type of basket you are going to use.There are lots of different types available, from the traditional wire with a moss style liner to a decorative metal or rattan material. You can even get self-watering baskets. Once you have chosen your basket you need to fill this with good quality compost.Use compost with a slow release fertilizer so that your plants will be fed slowly throughout the summer as they need it.Compost should also contain water retention gels. This means that the baskets will not dry out as quickly as ordinary multi-purpose compost might.Westland’s Container & Basket Compost contains both of these for optimum results.Now it’s time to choose your plants. Start by deciding what colour scheme you would like, there are so many options. You can go for one colour, a mix of different colours or a colour scheme depending on your taste.Pick an upright Fuchsia or Geranium for the centre of the basket, and then choose a selection of foliage with flowering basket plants for around the edge.There a so many plants to choose from. Surfinia (trailing petunia), Verbena, Sanvitalia and Million Bells are very colourful plants that will spread throughout the basket and several feet over the edge if well looked after.Choose a Nepeta for a large trailing foliage plant which will fill out your basket and trail down to the ground. If you use a wire basket it is possible to plant some lobelia or trailing basket plants around the side of the basket as you fill it with compost.Remember to push the plants through from the outside so the leaves don’t get damaged.Planting an upright plant in the centre with lots of trailing plants around the edge ensures a uniform shape to your hanging basket.For a 14 inch basket you will need 1 centre piece with 6 basket plants around the edge.Please contact any of the team at Robert Kee Garden Centre for suggestions and advice on other sizes of baskets or plant choices.David’s Top Tips for happy hanging baskets· Water your baskets well as soon as you plant them· Feed weekly with Levington Tomorite – always a good choice for flowering plants· Plants can be thirsty, just because it’s been raining doesn’t mean your baskets have had enough to drink.Water them every day and twice a day during hot weather but not when the sun is shining on them.To check if your basket has been watered enough, place one hand underneath it and try to lift it.If it is very heavy it’s well watered but if it’s quite light, water more.As flowers fade, cut the old flower and a bit of the green stem off. This will keep your baskets flowering in abundance.During stormy weather it may be best to lift down your baskets to prevent them getting damaged.If you have any questions or gardening queries feel free to contact us at Robert Kee Garden Centre, Laghey. Tel: 074 9721805 Ext. 4 E:davidperry@rkee.ie W: www.rkee.ieTalk soon, David Perry HND. Hort, Garden Centre Manager, Robert Kee, Laghey.ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gardening TipsHanging BasketsnewsRobert Keesummerlast_img read more

Chelsea v Newcastle: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgDiego Costa will wear a facemask after breaking his nose.Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 13 February 2016Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)Match in a nutshell: Unbeaten in eight league matches under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have the chance to move into the top 10 with a win over Newcastle.Five key battles: Including Branislav Ivanovic v Andros TownsendBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea to have too much ammo for Newcastle Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee ligament), Alexandre Pato (match fitness).Fitness tests: Diego Costa (broken nose), Radamel Falcao (thigh), Loic Remy (calf).NEWCASTLE UNITEDRuled out: Paul Dummett (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee), Tim Krul (knee), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Papiss Cisse (groin), Chancel Mbemba (ankle), Kevin Mbabu (thigh), Vurnon Anita (hamstring), Siem de Jong (eye), Curtis Good (hip).Fitness test: Daryl Janmaat (thigh). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Oscar; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Colback; Tiote, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.Subs from: Darlow, Lascelles, Gibson, Williams, Saivet, Gouffran, Barlaser, Aarons, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D D W D D (7 points)Home: D D D D W (7 points)Newcastle United total: W L L W D (7 points)Away: L L L L W (3 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 11; Oscar 8, Willian 8; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1, Traore 1.Newcastle United: Wijnaldum 9; Mitrovic 5, Perez 5; Cisse 2, Janmaat 2; Coloccini 1, De Jong 1, Dummett 1, Lascelles 1, Thauvin 1, Williamson 1.Last five meetings26 September 2015: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 210 January 2015: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 06 December 2014: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 18 February 2014: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 02 November 2013: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0Chelsea 2 wins, Newcastle 2 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kashmiri separatist leaders condemn terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims

first_imgSeparatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district tonight, saying the incident “goes against Kashmiri ethos.”In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik expressed grief over the killing of seven Amarnath yatris.“The incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of yearly rhythm and will remain so,” it said.“Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences,” they said.last_img

Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pacio admits being too aggressive in loss to Suzuki Fisher finished third with his time of 4:00:20, while closely behind him were Tim van Berkel at four (4:02:31) and Brent McMahon at five (4:05:24).Rounding out the top 10 for the male elite category are Callum Millward at sixth (4:10:20), Brad Williams at seventh (4:19:55), Eric Watson at eighth (4:23:30), Jakub Langhammer at ninth (4:32:27), and Iain Alexandridis at 10th (4:35:12).Amelia Watkinson claimed her first victory of the year as she topped the female elite category.The Kiwi also won her field handily, finishing the race in 4:29:17, almost seven minutes away from her closest foe.Jacqueline Thistleton was at distant second with her 4:29:17 clocking, followed by Kerry Morris at third (4:39:11), Kirra Seidel at fourth (4:39:26), and Anna Eberhardt at fifth (4:49:51).ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Banjo Norte reigned supreme in the Asian male elite as he clocked in 4:35:51, while Leanne Szeto of Hong Kong was the lone finisher in the Asian female elite, completing the course in 5:16:01.INQUIRER news editor Jun Engracia also participated in the Ironman 70.3 race, wrapping up the course in eight hours, 33 minutes, and 37 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Solidifying his stronghold in Cebu, Tim Reed once again came out on top as he conquered the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.With a tough field out to dethrone him, the Aussie shrugged off the opposition and finished the grueling swim-bike-run course in 3:54:07.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Reed pulled away from the pack in the bike course, leaving them all in the dust as he established a 2:39 gap coming into the second transition. He would hold the cushion up until the end as he ran through the tape at the finish line.Reed extended his dynasty here to three years, winning the 2015 tilt as well as last year’s Asia-Pacific Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Mauricio Mendez staged a huge rally in the end as he fought his way to a second place finish with his time of 3:56:46.The Mexican stunner made up for the three-and-a-half minute differential between him and Ryan Fisher after the bike course and sprinted past the pack to end up as runner-up. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Paul George hits winner, scores 45 as Thunder beat Jazz in 2OT

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forwards Paul George (13) and Jerami Grant (9) celebrate after George hit a shot with less than a second left in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Thunder won 148-147. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 115 points for the 19th straight game, passing the Cincinnati Royals for the second longest such streak in NBA history. The Denver Nuggets hold the record with 22 straight. … Oklahoma City swept the season series against Utah. … The Thunder have won seven straight at home.WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOMEMarkieff Morris received a rousing round of applause when he made his first appearance on the court for the Thunder. Morris, signed as a free agent Wednesday, checked in 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter after Grant picked up two quick fouls, but was ineffective in his first stint. He played the rest of the quarter without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, picking up two fouls of his own. He played 17 minutes, missed his only shot and had two assists.UP NEXTJazz: Hosts Dallas on Saturday night.Thunder: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.The game went to overtime after the Thunder’s Jerami Grant completed a tying three-point play, then blocked Mitchells shot at the other end. Grant had 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the first overtime, Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 139-137 lead in the final minute after Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson had fouled out. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tipped in the tying basket with 33.7 seconds left, and George and Mitchell eached missed jumpers in the closing seconds.Gobert hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the second overtime for a 147-146 lead, but Utah went cold from there. Mitchell’s driving shot off the glass missed the rim, and Joe Ingles missed on a long 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 13.2 seconds left. Still in the hunt MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Steven Adams played a game-high 47 minutes for Oklahoma City, returning from a pre-All-Star break ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.Derek Favors hit his first 10 shots, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Gobert had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.The teams were physical throughout. Westbrook got a flagrant foul for crashing into Gobert while defending a layup, and there was a fracas late in the first half after Jae Crowder fouled the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder.TIP-INSJazz: It was the first time Utah had scored more than 140 points in a game in seven years and the first time they had allowed more than 140 points since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Flavia Pennetta stuns two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova to reach US Open semis

first_imgThe 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta rallied from down a set and a break against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Wednesday to reach her second US Open semifinal in three years.”In the second set, I was really in trouble,” Pennetta said in an on-court interview. “I just keep going, playing, playing. It’s unbelievable.”In 38 career appearances at the other three majors, Pennetta has reached the quarters just once. She’s done it six times in seven years at Flushing Meadows, including her only two trips to a Grand Slam semifinal.The win by the 33-year-old Pennetta means that three of the women’s semifinalists at a major will be at least 32 for the first time in the Open era. She joins another 33-year-old, Serena Williams, and fellow Italian Roberta Vinci, 32.It’s also the first time in the Open era, which started in 1968, that two Italian women have reached the same Grand Slam semifinal.Pennetta beat the fifth-seeded Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 on a steamy afternoon. Kvitova, who has battled mononucleosis this summer that has limited her practice time, was struggling physically by the end of the 2-hour, 23-minute match.”Just from the beginning of the match I didn’t really feel 100 percent ready today,” Kvitova said.last_img read more