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Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 11:13

LOL   I seem to have quite good ideas since I stopped being blonde and 'embraced the silver' or is it just that people take me more seriously? 

Good luck!

Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 11:04

I love the elegance of the downward facing ones - as Fidget says, they're the traditional 'Granny's Bonnets'.  I have a few of them in pots on a wall so the flowers are at eye level .  However, the other varieties are lovely too - they each have their own charms.

Beware, they're addictive! 

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:30

If you leave it in the pot the roots will expand and force the crack open further and further.

It would be good if you can get some help to extract the fatsia from the pot, give the roots several good soakings first to make the root ball a bit pliable.  If it's so potbound that it's cracked the pot it's likely to be quite rigid.  

I would then prune the root ball and pot up again using as much fresh compost as you can get into it - but I would pot into a plastic pot that will fit inside your decorative one.  

You can then use some epoxy resin (from a hardware or DIY shop) to repair your ceramic pot, and when it's dry put the plastic pot and fatsia back inside it.

Then you and a helper can lift it out each year and repot with fresh compost, pruning the roots each time to keep it fitting inside the pot. 

That's what I would do - hope that's helpful.  

Plant id please, just leaves at the mo.

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:50

He's going to have to plant them out somewhere and wait and see what happens 

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:47

I agree with aspects of what you say Clari - when I plan borders, beds, fences etc they have to relate to each other proportionately and with similar angles, curves etc.  My art school training means that using the Golden Section is automatic. 

However, my planting spills out over it all like a Dutch still life cornucopia 

Plant in need of ID

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:37

Oh Salino, thank you - I think you might be right - I shall be VERY DISAPPOINTED if it isn't - the Higgledy Garden website describes it thus

"... Orlaya Grandiflora is a cousin of the wonderfully useful Ammi Majus, a mysterious, sophisticated and saucy cousin…the kind of girl a chap would like to meet out on the balcony during a ball at a Russian palace.

She is a most distinctive annual with pure white umbels which seem to hover over a delicate and much divided fern like foliage. A very soothing addition to the garden or cut flower patch.... "

We shall wait for her to flower ........

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What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:24

We'd all thought it David - it had to be you .................. 

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:23

I agree with Quercus - the pot is cracked - it is an 'ex pot' - the Fatsia is alive - a new larger (and perhaps less expensive pot) is the way to go 


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 07:44

Good morning Lesley - I know, it's a concern isn't it?  I was just thinking that the tomatoes need potting on but the cold-frame is getting a bit cramped - I'd considered planting the courgettes out but ....................... 

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 07:40

Dig as large a rootball as you can so that you don't cut through any major roots,  and as long as your friend prepares the planting area well and looks after it, it should transplant.

Tell your friend not to panic if some of the leaves turn brown and fall, there will undoubtedly be some transplant shock doing it at this time of year.

It would be better if you could wait until the autumn to move it.

Good luck 

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