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Posted: 14/08/2013 at 15:43

I moved house a few years ago at the end of October, I had a second van for the plants and I dont think I am the only one. A friend of mine had 1 van for their house and 2 for the garden !

You could try taking the hostas out of the pots etc and wrapping them in damp newspaper or in bin bags to keep them moist a couple of days before. After all bare rooted plants arrive by post after having being lifted and stored for a while so a few days should be ok.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 15:39

Hi James,

I don't think you are jumping the gun as such, Agapanthus can be a little fickle ( in my experience). Have you planted it in the ground or in a pot ? and somewhere nice and sunny ?

Agapanthus are renowned for liking to be quite restricted in growth and were grown in terracotta pots for several years before needing to be repotted ( often needing the pot to be smashed to get the plant out)

I would hold off trying to propagate / divide the plants as you will delay flowering for even longer.

If i were you when you receive your new plants pot all three of them into quite a large pot if possible ( depends on the size of the plants i guess) really cram them in and use quite a free draining compost mix ie quite gritty.

After a few weeks give them a few feeds of over the course of a few weeks of high potash food like tomato food to encourage strong roots and flowers next year

You should get a few years of really good flowering and when the plants are basically trying to escape from the pot then it is time to divide them.

Hope this is helpful


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 15:24

Hi there,

I did a bit of a search on the net myself and found Toto Gold described as a short lived perennial that will survive most winters.

So, basically if i were you i would be saving some seed from the plant (if it has flowered) as an insurance policy.

I love all Rudbeckias ( even if they all tend to be yellow) i even have the weird ( to some people) variety green wizard that doesnt have any petals just the green sepals and the black cone "bit".

if you like the Toto Gold and want a Rudbeckia that is reliable and that you can divide after a few years I would go for the Goldstrum variety.

Hope this helps

Beared iris Border

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 12:40

Forgot to mention that the border in question is 5m in length. Now have all the info

Beared iris Border

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 12:37

There are some nerines already against the wall that were discovered struggling  amongst the couch grass that had taken over the border, they seem to be doing quite well now they have had the grass removed from around / over and in them . The border isnt very deep only 1.5m from the path to the wall and isnt in very good shape and is very stony and rubbly with the odd half brick etc in there so decided to go with the conditions that are there already. 

The wall isnt the best looking wall , a low rendered and painted breeze block affair about 1/2 m in height that has been put in ( i assume to retain soil and make a level area for the greenhouse that was behind the area in question when I moved in).

I like the idea of the I reticulata.





Beared iris Border

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 10:44

Hello there everyone,

Last september I divided some bearded iris and made a new border at the foot of south facing wall. The irises seem to be growing well so am hopeful for at least a few flowers this year.

I planted some foxtail lilles (eremurus) as well as i gather they like the same conditions ie sunny and dry. I would like to plant something to give some interest during late winter / early spring time  and later on in the year ie july august time that wont overshadow the iris rhizomes but gives me something to look at other than bare soil once the irises are finished and the eremurus have died down. 

I was thinking other kinds of bulbs

Any suggestions ?

Low wall - straight onto soil?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 09:40

If you are building a wall 4 slabs high i would lay a compacted layer base of ballast or some cast concrete and cement the slabs down.

If you just lay the slabs down onto the soil the soil may sink with the weight of the slabs above it and the wall will deform , and with the weight of soil ( especially if the soil is wet) behind the wall ( even though it is quite small) might still be enough to make the wall bow or collapse over time.

might seem a bit excessive for a wall 4 slabs high but better safe than sorry !


Unidentified growing object!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 15:48

Hi there , It could well be American Poke Weed but the flowers look a little bit different.

it is American Poke weed , It has big black berries in the autumn which give the whole plant an aura of poisionous menace, which would be correct !

( sorry couldn't find it on the GW database)

I think birds like the berries so that is how it could have appeared in your garden !


winter or spring

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:53

You prune the group 3 clematis in late winter ( mid feb with me ) as if you dont you end up with all that growth growing away from where it got to last year, and for group 3s that can be high up on a fence or through a tree. You will then be left looking at its bare legs while it flowers away above you head.

That would be the con , a pro might be not to prune it as much say if it was growing up a tall tree and you want the flowers up high.

I suppose pruning in winter winter , say December or January wont make a huge difference i guess as the plant will be dormant , i like the fluffy seedheads so i leave it until Feb.



Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:47

I like Fennel as well hyppybyker but it seems that every seed that makes it to the ground germinates, i cant cut them down before the seeds set as they are nice in the winter plus as homes for ladybirds etc. So I end up with a little aniseedy forest, I find that they tend to lose their graceful semi see through-ness after a few years so pull them out and leave a seedling to take its place.

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