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Mahonia Winter Sun

Posted: 04/12/2017 at 17:10

Ok, thanks very much both for your help.  Looks like a move is in order then :-)

Mahonia Winter Sun

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 21:35

I planted my Mahonia 3 years ago but it hasn't flowered yet.  It's growing really well and the leaves are a very healthy dark green.   It's in full shade and clay soil.  Any ideas how to get it to flower please?

Day Lilies

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 08:33

Thanks Iamweedy.  I love the photos!  I can't wait to get started with the dividing now :-)

Day Lilies

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 22:02

Thanks Obelixx.  That's really helpful.  I didn't realise I could split them in the spring, which I think I will do so they have the whole summer to establish before facing the winter.  So a spadeful can be split into say 4 pieces?  That's brilliant as I have quite a lot of space to put the split plants into.  I love the day lilies; so hardy, no trouble and lovely flowers :-) 

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Day Lilies

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 21:27

I've ignored my day lilies for about 4 years, they've flowered really well but they really have now outgrown the space so it looks like I'm going to have to split them.  Do they split well?  Is it best to do them when they start dying back?  How small do I split them?  

Best time to plant out new geums

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 19:40

Is there an optimum for planting out new small geums?  I'm going to have about 21 metre row to cover in astrantias (I'm ok with planting astrantias)  and geums so I want to get it right.  Is it best to plant them in September so they can establish or wait until March ish next year?

Crocus flowering

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 01:08

What's going on?  I've got 2 little yellow crocuses flowering.  They don't normally appear in my front garden until the middle of February.  Presumably it's the mild weather but one thing is sure, gardens have to be the most unpredictable things around :-)

Sarah Raven seeds -v- Thomson Morgan

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 22:03

Ok, I think there is enough evidence here to maybe avoid T&M for seeds (I get their sweet pea bounce  variety plants each year and they're brilliant) and if wild poppies can be tricky I'll avoid those too.  I do like Sarah Raven's stuff and don't mind paying a little extra if it's going to work, which so far it all has.  I didn't realise about the free p&p either, but I've just looked inside one of their catalogues and found the offer.   I'll choose some different seeds for next year ... some happy hours coming up :-).  Thanks all for your help.

Sarah Raven seeds -v- Thomson Morgan

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 13:59

I don't want this thread to end up with the pros and cons of online suppliers but I am curious to find out how other people have got on with Thomson & Morgans seeds.

I planted two batches of seeds for last summer; 1 from Sarah Raven and have had a beautiful plot of cottage garden flowers, no problems whatsoever.  So, I do know how to plant seeds and see them thrive.  However, I planted wild red poppy seeds from Thomson & Morgan and got about 3 flowers out of about 300 seeds.  Is it wild red poppies that is the problem or Thomson & Morgan?

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 16:56

Hm.  I think perhaps the D of E is a little precious because like you, I've got other clematis plants which are absolutely thriving.  Hopefully Richard will come back again soon :-)

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Discussions started by CharleyD

Mahonia Winter Sun

Not flowering 
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Day Lilies

Do day lilies successfully split? 
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Last Post: 14/07/2017 at 08:33

Best time to plant out new geums

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Last Post: 04/06/2017 at 20:25

Crocus flowering

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Last Post: 27/12/2016 at 01:08

Sarah Raven seeds -v- Thomson Morgan

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Last Post: 07/09/2016 at 18:02

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

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Last Post: 26/07/2016 at 08:24

Help with where to plant some shrubs

Lots of shrubs to move, but where to? 
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Last Post: 19/07/2016 at 21:16

Suitable shrub

Wind resistant  
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Last Post: 12/06/2016 at 08:40

Calla lillies

Is it time to plant something else? 
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Last Post: 25/05/2016 at 22:19

A summer version of aubretia

Ground cover for a small space 
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Liquid feed for a Hornbeam hedge

Difficult to reach 
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Is it possible to tell quality without testing it? 
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Last Post: 26/03/2016 at 20:53

Levelling an area with top soil

Any problems with it settling? 
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Last Post: 25/03/2016 at 11:50

Plant containers

No holes! 
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Last Post: 12/03/2016 at 05:42

Protection of new seeds from the birds

What is best? 
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