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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 :-)

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 09:20

Ok, if it's not going to flower this year, I think I'll leave it where it is and transplant it next February/March when I cut it down to a strong pair of buds.  Thanks Richard.  

Fairygirl, that was definitely my experience last year.  Loads of growth and although the flowers were stunning, there were definitely less flowers compared to the growth it had produced.  Maybe that will change when we transplant them!

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 00:03

I put a D of E Clematis in a pot against all advice and although it flowered quite well last year (the second year planted), this year it hasn't flowered at all and doesn't look like it will and in fact the growth is a little stunted too.

So I've decided to take it out of the pot and put it in the ground with one of those Obelisks to support it.  My question is,do you think it would flower later on in the summer, if I cut it back now, enough to transplant it?  I'm kind of impatient to put it right ... 

Help with where to plant some shrubs

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 21:16

I've got the following shrubs to move either because they're not thriving where they are or they have become crowded.  

But I can't decided how to set them out in my garden.  I have got the space to create a new plot to put them all in but I can't visualise what they would look like all together.  Would it even work?  Can anyone help me with a really nice way of laying these out please?   Are there any rules of thumb to follow?

2 x sundance - 1m

potentilla 90cm

6 x dwarf hebe 30cm

Loropetalum chinese Black Pearl 140cm

Ceanothus Puget Blue 1m

Another unknown one but it's 1m high

Suitable shrub

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 08:29

Thanks both.  

Andy, the olearia x hastii certainly seems to be a possibility.  Thanks, I'll do some research :-).

Suitable shrub

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:05

Can anyone recommend an evergreen summer flowering shrub please?  Approx 1m height, 2m spread and must have a fair amount of resistance to strong winds.  

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Crocus flowering

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