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Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 00:12

Hmmm - thanks for those responses .... I'm no expert - obviously -  but I figure most grasses have to get used to being 'chopped' down by animals/weather and the like - so I'm thinking maybe the wet winter weather may have had something to do with it ... I am in Cornwall after all...and they are in pots!  One pot has shoved up a stem of around 2" - I'm reluctant to 'fiddle' with it and try and repot it as it could be the end of my little grass shoot of recovery as it were... but if ~I don't it could just die back.....?

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 00:13

I made the mistake of cutting down the foliage on my few month old stupa when it turned brown during the winter.  Now its not doing anything.... no new growth which is a bit odd I figure?

Cornish Hedge - plants to keep ivy and nettles at bay?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:18

Thanks for that ...... I can only access about two foot of the top half of the hedge - but will do my best to keep the ivy and brambles at bay.  Meanwhile I've sprinkled a few old packets of wildflower seeds ..... will see what happens :-}

Cornish Hedge - plants to keep ivy and nettles at bay?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:58

I've just had a Cornish Hedge built - its like a wall with large stones held together with soil.

Now I'm OK with looking after and planting up such when I have access to both sides - but this is a boundary hedge and the farmers half is not accessible and obviously covered in ivy/nettles (and hawthorn/blackthorn - which is OK) which will creep over to my side of course.

I was wondering what I could plant/sow (apart from wild flowers) on my half that would be vigorous enough to cover my top half and at the same time suppress the unwanted?  Now I know that Ivy and the like is good for wildlife - there is plenty of that on the farmers side - and I want it to remain that way..... I don't want to resort to chemical sprays .... just something to give good ground cover and maybe evergreen?

I suspect there is nothing that will do it? - maybe 'wild' geranium/vinca - any other ideas please? 



what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 22:58

Thanks for that 'dovefromabove' .... yes - they are in tubs so have already given support ...... be interesting to see what happens...:-}

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 23:19

Bit of a concern - my 'overwintering' broad beans are in flower ...... not much if anything about to pollinate them .... seed planted mid October ... maybe too early down here in the SW....... don't suppose they will do much good now?

olive trees

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 00:30

Had mine in pots for a few years and now planted out in the ground ..... having moved to West Cornwall I figure will give them a go in the ground (did the same in Hertfordshire with one that lasted a couple of seasons and then died - frozen roots/too wet maybe)  Not got anywhere big enough for them under cover..... keeping fingers crossed - though the ground may not freeze - it can be very wet/windy here in North Coast.

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 00:23

Had some in a fairly large pot for a couple of years .... just one flower stem this year (none the first year) -  transplanted some last week into a smaller pot - put in cold g/house - see if they will do any better and maybe flower early so can be brought indoors whilst in flower.  If this doesn't work I'll bin them all! in no decent flowers again this year.

Dierama/agapanthus plants: plant now or leave til spring?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 22:02

Only recently moved here so not a 'real' cornishman :-}

Dierama/agapanthus plants: plant now or leave til spring?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 00:20

My agapanthus arrived the size of grass leaves early spring this year... got twice as many as an 'apology' as it were, from the supplier.  Around 70 of them!  Potted them on and grew very slowly over the summer to 'bluebell size' leaves I would say - just!

So I'm not messing about with them any more and out into the garden they have gone.  They will just have to take their chances... but I'm here in West Cornwall so they 'should' be OK from all but the hardest winter.


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