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pruning a winter flowering vibernum

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 08:11

Should have said, it's the pink deciduous one, don't think I would have had the courage to attack the evergreen one!  Thanks for the advice both of you.  I appreciate it. 


Gardeners hands! Best cream?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:09

I thought I had the driest hands in the world but they don't crack like yours seem to.  I have tried every cream on the market, and I find that a thin cream, frequently applied, does much more than the thick ones which tend to stay on the skin surface and dont get absorbed.  So try a lightweight hand cream and just apply two or three times. 

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:04

I'm near you in London and mine are going for it as well - they are in full flower right now so I think will be over in a couple more weeks.  Maybe it's the warm weather - I seem to have had a perfect storm of flowers very early this year, and this doesn't bode well for autumn!

pruning a winter flowering vibernum

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:01

HI I have a WF vibernum in the back corner of my garden.  While I have been away for a couple of years it has grown tall (about 10 foot) and very bushy and is overwhelming an arch on which I am growing a rose for the first time this year.  I had planned on pruning it back to about five feet and thinning it next spring, but nothing is getting a chance this summer underneath its leaves.  If I were to prune it now to create some light in the area, would it be OK?  I am wondering if it will still have time to put on some new leaves so its not just twigs until next year, and would I lose the spring flowers - this matters less to me, they will come back the following year. 

Thanks for your advice 

trouble with acanthus

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:23

Thank you for your comments.  I would have replied sooner but didn't get any email alerts so it was a while till I realised there were responses. I think I'm going to get rid of it completely - my garden isn't large enough to give up the space to it if it is unreliable, and quite evidently moving it is going to be problematic so I may as well deal with it in only one area.  Shame, but I am grateful for the thoughts.  

trouble with acanthus

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:17

Does anyone have any bright ideas?  About four or five years ago I planted some Acanthus mollis in a nice spot, gets morning sun.  It did really well for a couple of years with lovely flowers, but then we went away overseas.  Last year when I first returned I had not a single flower spike, and even the leaves weren't as spectacular as they might have been.  As my tenants didnt really look after the garden I assumed some TLC and feeding might help this year, but again there's nothing. 

I think I have two options - either to leave them for another year and just NOT feed and see if they do better with some harsh treatment, or I can move them to the back of the garden, under an apple tree, an area I am trying to develop with a lot of white flowers so that it forms a focal point at the slightly shadier end of the garden.  My instinct is to move them as the spot they are in now is one of my 'good' spots and there are all sorts of other things I could happily plant there.  I know they might reappear again if I move them but I figure I can keep digging up.  Or use the dreaded Roundwood Gel!  Does anyone have any advice/thoughts/suggestions?  Thanks 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:34

That's very encouraging thanks! Off to the garden centre with a spring my step this morning.  While we were away our tenants badly neglected the garden and Im quite sure they didn't get any feed or attention, which I can now remedy.  Thanks.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:10

I was going to start a thread on agapanthus but thought I'd add on here as you all seem to know a lot about them.  I've had several tubers in a long tall pot, for quite a few seasons now, maybe 6 years.  I've been away for a couple of years and last summer which was my first one back I had foliage but not a single flower, and now ahead of this summer I'm wondering what I can do to ensure flowers.  Was it particularly a bad year for agapanthuses after the awful winter you had 2012-13, which might explain things?  Should I feed them?  Or put them in a new pot, despite their reputation for liking cramped roots?  i am worried about moving them on and then finding that I've set them back  for another year.   Thanks for any advice.  

Floppy Stem problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 07:37

Thank you.  I did support the verbena and it still went lazy on me!  But I do take your points about it being late in the year, and as the plants went in new this year after I returned it might be that they didnt properly 'bed in'.  I'll see how they go next year. 

I do appreciate the advice!

Floppy Stem problem

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 07:59

Ive spent a day working in the garden today, and I noticed that alot of the plants which I have seen elsewhere standing tall and proud (eg verbena bonariensis, ammi amongst others) are, in my garden, rather too floppy.  And then tonight, watching Gardeners World on the internet, Monty's cosmos were pert and upright whilst mine droop  Am I lacking Pottasium in the soil as I have read somewhere?  Or something else?  And if there is a lack in the soil, when should I be treating it - can I do it now in the autumn?  I usually mulch every spring with home made compost, but dont add much beyond the odd bit of liquid feed during the summer.  Also we've been overseas for a few years and this is my first season back, so it might be that our tenants simply didnt manage the soil the way I would have done.  Any ideas would be welcome, thanks 

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pruning a winter flowering vibernum

advice please  
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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 08:11

trouble with acanthus

Acanthus won't flower 
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Last Post: 21/06/2014 at 08:23

Floppy Stem problem

Floppy stems 
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