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Moving a wildlife area

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:23

Have you a photo Markos, or can you describe which flowers are there?

Most wildflowers 'move' themselves by seeding around, so it depends what you have and what size etc, as some may not transplant easily. It would normally be easier to gather seed and sow where you want them. 

pruning honeysuckle

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:19

It's one of those 'do or die' moments centuri. If it needs pruning, it needs pruning. You could do it in stages though. Take anything diseased or dead out, and then prune back the worst bits back by half or two thirds. The rest, prune back lightly for now. 

It possibly isn't thriving because of the conditions anyway, if it's almost in the pavement and has very little soil - it's not ideal for honeysuckle at all. They don't like to dry out at their feet. You'd be doing it a favour. As always, a good watering and a feed afterwards, and a mulch if you can manage it. That will help it recover and you can do a bit more pruning at a later date,or next year to try and get it back in shape. Losing flowers will be inevitable, but it's either that or leave it the way it is and see it decline, so it's worth trying. 

Or take it out and replace with something else, and get a new honeysuckle for somewhere else in the garden !  

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:12

Oh 'eck C3! I'd be wary of a Gunnera if it's a small garden. Proportion will be 'wrong' as B'cupdays says. 

However, if you've got it already, and if it's only a plug (can you actually GET Gunnera as a plug? )  it will need potted on till it's mature enough to be planted out.  Alternatively, keep it confined in  your planting bed, using a physical barrier of some kind, so that it doesn't get too huge.  Ppauper has also got round the issue of it's gigantic nature! 

We have a mature one where I work, it's at about 600 feet altitude, in a north facing area, exposed, and it survives all that nature flings at it up here. It gets no maintenance really at all. It's not enormous, but it may be due to the amount of other planting round it, and also, like pp's, it isn't in boggy ground, and gets tons of rainfall. Combination of the two possibly     


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:59

Morning all - it IS still morning isn't it?/ afties Pat  

I seem to have slept for Britain last night, although a large part of it was on the settee. Old habits die hard. New bed is doing wonders for me... 

There's been more rain here, but the forecast is reasonable so I may get some grass cutting done too. Hopefully, unlike BL's OH, before dusk! Should have done it yesterday evening, as it dried up, but the tennis got in the way . That may still happen today ...

I also have a cake to make, as it's oldest fairylet's birthday tomorrow, so will need to go for eggs etc.  Big sigh. Doesn't seem a year since she was 21.  # Time goes, where does the time go?  Missing my 'car time/music listening'  since I'm not walking so I may burst into song frequently....I'll apologise in advance  

I'll have a look round before I do something more productive than doodling here 

Have a good day everyone 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 21:05

Gorgeous isn't it LF? 

LP has worked very hard to get it looking so good.  The vagaries of our weather don't make it any easier either! 


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:54

Think David's a bit jaded with the photo issue lily. It's an important feature on the forum for him  

Or maybe he's having a holiday 

Verdun's just having a break. He's fine 

Thought I'd better fill some nail holes in the woodwork to make up for my non stop tennis watching...

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:49

Or 'T42' Lantana....

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:04

Is that Cirsium  rivulare in your allium pic Vic? I found it seeded like mad when I had it 

Forgot that I took a couple of pix today - when it wasn't raining...

Lily 'Blackout' (?) just starting to flower. It will go in the new border along the back of the 'stension. It's a helluva height this year too. Very tropical!   

Long flowering plants

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:58

Forgot about primroses/primulas and  white geraniums  Mark 

I have native primulas in there. They often flower all summer if the conditions are right, ie cool and wet. 

I have a little piece of white geranium to put in which is a chunk taken from a bigger one. Some of the whites don't flower quite as well as the more colourful ones, but they're great ground cover, and ideal for underplanting with bulbs etc. I also have Geranium renardii in another border, which has fine purple veining and unusual foliage - quite thick and velvety. 

There are quite a few white varieties, so worth checking out the best do-er to get value for money. Plants have to earn their keep in a small space. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:14

I love those walls LP  

My white broom was slightly later and I still had daffs in flower in June that wouldn't normally have been, but I think as the season goes on, things level out. Think the lack of rain in April and May has been a big factor as much as anything here. For my garden anyway. Depends on the type of planting too I expect. 

Enjoy that cucumber - don't eat it all at once now... 

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