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are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 22:48

The forecast is talking about far greater degrees of cold by the end of the week.  I'm not considering putting seeds in trays or pots yet, never mind putting things out.  My greenhouse, just heated to keep off frost, still full of overwintering things, and expect it to be so for many weeks yet.


Please help ID this plant!

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:54

I did overwinter one of these once, in a cool greenhouse, but truth to tell it was not really worth the effort.  It never flowered well again, and really I could have given the space to something else - but you have to try these things once in a while. 

Plant IDs Please

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:52

There are pretty & tame hypericums, but the common 'rose of sharon' is not one of them, just be warned about just how rampant this plant can be.  We moved into our present house 17 years ago, where it was in borders front and back of the house.  i have cut it below ground level every time I see it, pulled up miles (with very little exaggeration) of roots, and it is still coming back. 

Mysterious plant

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:49

It sounds like lycesteria indeed - also known as pheasants berry because it was often grown as cover for young birds for shooting!  It is a nice plant but can spread very rampantly - I prune mine - take out the old stems - in autumn, and it gives me plenty of new shoots for the year.  There is also a golden leafed version which is pretty.  I grow mine in a very large pot, but as anyone knows who ever reads my posts knows that I grow just about anything in pots. 

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:59

Still plenty of winter to come yet - much depends where you live - nothing will go outside here for a couple of months yet. 

Rock salt weed control?

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:13

Unless you don't want anything to grow there again ever - remember salted ground after armies passed through?  Well, not personally remember of course, but salt very unwise for gardens.

A good sharpened hoe works well - and keeps you warm. 

Holes in my laurel leaves

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:12

Have you had any hail falling over the last couple of weeks? This can happen then.  Otherwise, someone has had dinner, likely as some of the holes are at the edges.  Look carefully all up the stem and other leaves & see who is around - they're having good flavoured food whomsoever they are!

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 09:10

Besides, it keep site poor postal workers in business as they carry them up our hill, and the waste collectors as they carry them down again!! So much for trying to save what is left of the planet!  However, it is the same with most magazines these days, especially in Spring!

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:42

dear T-N, yes, do look at the Parkers booklet but please don't order anything from them!  They tell fibs by photographing things together that cannot grow together and flower months apart.  Their plants are often small and sick, and iris rhizomes arrived mouldy and slimy.  The varieties have not always been correct either - I would admire the silly pictures and then dump it!  Learned several years ago that this one gets binned!


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:00

Dave, it isn't an ebay site which is why you couldn't find it there. Just 'search' with whatever you use, for clematis man and he will come up.

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