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Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 11:18
My farther keeps offering me little seedlings etc and horrid as it sounds I decline as I'm currently free of any nasty weeds and want to stay that way!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 11:17
Sounds like moving to a pest free garden then!!

Hellebore advice

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 11:10
Morning all (on this snowy bitter spring morning!!!) I have been given a hellebore and it is an evergreen compact bush type with pinky white flowers. I have recently seen all different types on tv and Internet. The plants seem pretty costly in the garden centre and I have looked on ebay for young plants. Has anyone got any varieties of evergreen compacts that they would advise. Also anyone seen then at a decent price in the notts/LINCS area. Has anyone grown from seed, are they easy, do they take an age to mature?? I'm looking to bulk out the garden with winter interest this year as I only have one hellebore and some euonemous!!!!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 11:21

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 23:49
Fingers crossed

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 23:03
My farther has the dreaded mares tail. He spent a fortune on perennials last yeAr and its swamped everything! If he digs it comes thicker, if he leaves it it just engulfs everything. This has come from a neighbour and has now nearly taken over all of his garden. In his veg plot he manages and ignores it then turns the soil as normal, but when it comes to flower beds it suffocates everything. Anyone won or managed the war, please help!

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 21:59
Thanks Lyn. I potted them up into larger containers about a month Ago and they had roots so maybe I'm inpatient. They have been limping on since sept!! I chopped the leaves in half to minimise moisture loss like the guidance said, just need to see new growth then will be happy. They have rough spikey leaves.


Posted: 22/03/2013 at 21:56
Thanks brumbull

I would love to put them in my small borders but the garden does have slugs and snails so they would be destroyed. So far they have hardly been touches with snail damage. Just have to wait for them to appear through the slate. Will tomato feed work??


Posted: 22/03/2013 at 19:29
I noughts some hostas from a village fete last year for 1.50. They were glorious last year and I so hope they come again this year. They are in pots on the wall around my lawn/beds. They are covered with slate to hopefully keep out the nasties and weeds. My questions, how often to divide and what to fertilise with and when? I'm worried they will have used all nutrients in compost. My original variegated hosta was in its pot for about 3 years then last year I split this when fully in
Leaf, it looked beautiful but I hope it comes as well this year!

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 19:19
I have 2 types of verbena, a rigida and a much taller 5ft finer type. I took some cuttings from the rigida but they have put on no growth at all over winter and have now got half brown leaves. I'm unsure what to do with them now, will they come?? I took some rigida seed last year so tips on how to sow?? I only want a couple, so fear I will end up with non or may have scrawny cuttings abs seedlings. Any tips or hints??

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