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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:57

DD   You'll get there 

Lesley -it's my fault, the chattering. That's what happens when I have time off work- I start to wander a bit and thoughts turn to all sorts of misadventure....

Buddleia now hacked and branches disposed of in various ways - honeysuckle likewise.  Oldest fairy got her pickaxe into the roots so it's pretty much gone to the big compost bin in the sky...well the local tip anyway. Plenty more little buds on the lower bits of buddleia to keep the bees and butterflies happy for a while yet, then it'll be going the same way unless I feel like attempting to plant it somewhere else. Unlikely though. 

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:38

Brilliant nut - and we'll want proof that you're doing those cuttings too 

I layer and peg down dianthus as I've never been successful with them as cuttings so hope you do better than me! 


when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:25

I expect they get pruned in the same way as standard ones Miranda. A few people on the forum have them so they will be better able to advise on that. You might not need to do the autumn pruning - mainly done to avoid wind rock, which just means the heavier, taller branches make it top heavy, so branches can break and sometimes the shrub uproots, but that depends on your conditions and site etc.

I've heard some people saying that the dwarf ones aren't as 'dwarf' as they're made out to be though! 

Tree ID please.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:17

They benefit from cutting back as you get the best colour on the new foliage, but let it get well established and a decent size before you charge in with the loppers Jack 

Royal Purple's the one most places will stock but you can always look online as well, or check out a nursery if you have one near enough. The nursery nearest me stocks several varieties and now does mail order but it would be a bit expensive for one plant! 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:10

Don't know about tree peonies DD, but the usual ones just die back themselves so  perhaps it's just doing that as it's that time of year. Or does it look sad in some other way?

It's my birthday

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:07

I htought it was Wednesday but I like to be punctual if nothing else!

Hippo Birdy Panda  

Let us know what it's like to be over 27 so that we can be prepared  

Tree ID please.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 17:09

Cotinus Jack. You can do cuttings - not sure if they're softwood or hardwood ones and I think you you can layer them but since it's the neighbour's that would be tricky, and I presume you just want to nick a bit....

I think you'd have to wait a while to get a decent sized shrub though. Probably best to see if you can get one in plant sales in GCs or nurseries in early autumn. They're pretty easy to get hold of - most places sell them. 

Growing other plants through clump forming plants

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 17:02

I think I'm just getting old and confused Charley - I didn't get what you were really asking 

Daisies nut - why didn't I think of that...  Thought Charley just had some kind of a campanula addiction 

Have a look at the bulb specialists online and see if something suits your timings and colours etc  - good time of year to plan and you can get all sorts of nice things that you don't get in the GCs  

Lupins, can I move them now?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:55

Think it was Victoria that split her lupins ...ooh matron...

I no longer grow them because of the aforementioned slugs,snails and aphids, but they're like most perennials - just pull, or split apart with a knife/spade or similar. Victoria's mentioned getting enough root on each bit which is all you have to make sure of. Cut back some foliage to minimise stress and keep an eye on the watering. Best done when dormant though. You can do cuttings as well if you have the time and inclination to check them through the winter. 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 15:07

Sorry - missed your query OL - I was out on my broomstick 

BM has it covered though....and you should see me first thing in the morning. I reckon I could stun cattle from twenty paces....

Had my lunch so back outside now for more hacking and slashing - the honeysuckle's next for the chop. Those bees are getting really stroppy with me now...

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