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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Non-flowering dianthus

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 18:37

Why not do both - take cuttings and split some of the outer bits off if they are rooted and replant.  Definitely one of the easiest plants from which to take cuttings and those root easily.  I just pull-off sections about 5 inches long with no bud and put 5 or 6 around the sides of a 5 inch pot filled with 50/50 sand and compost, then nip the tops off when they show signs of growing to make them bush out. Dianthus all get woody in the middle over time, so you do need to propagate from them every few years.  As is mentioned in another thread, they don't like acid, wet or heavy soil, but don't need a very fertile one.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 18:22

Bluelizard, have the stump and largest roots been removed?  That may have a bearing on what will grow there.

Making wildflower turf

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 23:14

Whatever mix you use, it's worth making sure (or adding) Yellow rattle as that is partially parasitic on grass roots and will help stop grasses from taking over.

Scent in summer

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 23:00

Hi Bunnys, Yes, that works - I have some Dianthus superbus planted in a mix of compost and sharp sand (in a large clay bowl) that have been going for at least 6 or 7 years.  I think they really benefit from good drainage.

Scent in summer

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:39

I love powerful evening fragrances, so staples are Matthiola bicornis, Nicotiana sylvestris, Zaluzianskya (my favourite.)  None of them are 'lookers' so they are randomly placed between plants more pleasing to the eye.  I'm also a sucker for all types of Dianthus, even though they don't last long in my clay.  The Nicotiana sometimes surprise me and come up again the next year though.

New piece of land for garden extension

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 18:59

Adding grit and coarse sand, as well as as much compost & manure as you can lay your hands on, will always improve clay soil, so would strongly suggest you do that. If the land has a history of becoming waterlogged though, it would be worth getting a professional to look at it with a view to perhaps getting some land drainage pipes laid before you get started.  However, with all of the rain we've had over the last few months, if the land is not waterlogged right now it probably doesn't need serious extra drainage and adding grit/compost should help a great deal. 



Winter wonders

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 14:54

Hazel catkins this morning:



Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:14

Hi Ken,  All you can really do is move the feeders, then re-seed the grass.  It will take a while for the birds to adjust to the new location of the feeders though, so you could move some of the feeders first and then the remaining ones once the birds have discovered the new position.

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:07

Huge slugs could be the Spanish slug, from which we are suffering an invasion:

I've pre-ordered a nemaslug 'planned programme', so will be sent 6 lots of live nematodes at 6 week intervals.  It's expensive but this is war!


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:55

Hi galest, what I was trying to say is that each individual plant of this cultivar will very likely vary, some being darker than others.  You will probably find that if you buy several from the same supplier, they will be the same though (as propagated from the same stock plant), but one bought from another supplier will be slightly different. The stuff about internet colours was incidental.

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