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Posted: 14/09/2012 at 18:59

The seed heads and stems can remain throughout the winter for two reasons - the seed heads look pretty and they help to protect the plant from the weather. The seed heads and stems will both dry out and the stems will become dry and hollow. As the plant has already collapsed you might like to remove some now after the flowers have died and the rest in late winter/spring - if they look a mess , just remove them all. New growth - stems and leaves will start in spring and this new growth will give you  flowers next year.


Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:13

Could be a ruby tiger moth caterpillar. Google and take a look, see what you think

pruning a young laurel hedge

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:09

I agree as it might encourage it to put on new growth now. That new growth could then be hit by frost knocking the young plants back and looking unsightly too.


Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:06

Flowering rose,I would suggest that the reason you could grow nothing under fir trees was due to lack of water and shade rather than acidity. Fir trees are very shallow rooted and take all surface moisture from the soil.

Vivienne Horner, I would take the advice given by obelixx above and add that you should only mulch when the soil is moist - keeping the moisture in rather than keeping it out, esp in the dry period we're having at the moment (in my part of the world, anyway)

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Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:33

Good advice already given but I would divide the plant in spring as well. Take a spade to it and chop it in four - disgarding the inner section of each quarter - then replant. You could cut it into smaller pieces if you'd like, you'd just have smaller plants. Dividing it will rejuvenate the plant and  it should flower in the same year as normal.

The Name of a plant that's leaves look like army camouflage Uniform!

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:27

Hi Denboy 15 -  Houttuynia Chameleon is definitely not an annual so it will not be that.


Posted: 12/09/2012 at 21:32

Aeonium canariense - not hardy, you'll have to pot upand bring indoors before frost strikes!

Orange flowers

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 09:05

Buddleia globosa; crocosmia; Chilean Glory vine - climber;  Hope you win the lottery to get a bigger garden to put all the plant suggections in and be able to afford them too! Though the glory vine will grow from seed easily.

Daffodil varieties for St David's Day

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 23:26

Hi, there are some varieties which produce more than one flower and so give you a longer flowering period - I would recommend Tete a tete is a small daff so it doesn't succumb to the wind as the large flowered ones do, has 1-3 flowers, flowers early spring  and is readily available. It grows well in pots and in the ground. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 23:19

Congratulations on your pond.

You say you have a prefomed pond so the first thing you will need to do (if you haven't already) is create an entrance/exit point for wildlife. Most preformed ponds have steep sides and you will have to creat a slope by filling one side (probably from the shallow shelf to the edge)  with stones, bricks... anything that can give a place for toads, newts to crawl in/out. If you know anyone with an established pond a jam jar full of the mud from the bottom of it would help get yours off to a flying start.

There are 3 types of plant that you can use in ponds. Firstly oxygenators - totally submerged in the pond and they help to oxygenate the water. eg pond weed Potamogeton  

Marginals - they sit in shallow water on the shelf of your pond. eg Marsh marigolds - Caltha palustris. Be careful as these plants come in all sorts of sizes and you need a small one; a small iris -; Bowles Golden Grass.

 Floaters - leaves float on the surface of the water and roots remain below. eg Water lily - you will need a pygmy one as normal ones will get very big.

Unfortunately, it is not a great time of year to buy pond plants as most of them start to die back in autumn and the garden centres will probably not have a good range.

As your pond is small you will need to go for small plants and choose carefully or you will be forever pulling out/dividing plants. 

Around the edge of your pond the soil will not be wet but if you recognise where your pond over flows when full you could make a bog garden and be able to plant bog plants..

You will want ground cover that will not drop too many leaves into the water and yet give good cover to wildlife and pond edge - Euonymus fortunei 'Golden Tip'; Geranium macrorrhizum; Ajuga

I hope this helps - I also hope I haven't offended you as you may know a lot of what I have written.

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