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Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:57

Aah - I've misunderstood Verd - it's not like me...honest guv....  

Garden arbour

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:20

That was my first thought Chris - but that's quite substantial timber to attach to 3 inch posts. I'd be inclined to use 4 inch posts  if I was using 8 or 10 inch timbers across them. 

Will Escallonia stand up to strong winds?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:18

If you're in a wet, cold area, or in the north, be wary of Iveyii - like many white plants, it's not as robust. The  pink ones are much hardier.

Iveyii doesn't survive the winters for me here in Scotland. 

Astilbie with sudden dry leaves

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:10

They're really shade plants so yes, put it somewhere out of the sun and keep it damp, as Pete says.  

An established plant in suitable soil in the ground can cope with sun, but not so good  in a pot. 

No idea what the joker above is on about though....not very helpful to the OP Akin...

ahh good - that's now been removed. I didn't mean you L'bird!

Last edited: 10 August 2016 17:12:10

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:54

I thought stony soil was the main reason fro carrots splitting Verd?

It's a long time since I've grown any, and I usually grew in containers as the soil's heavy here, and would have been unsuitable as it's stony too. They were always quite good.  


Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:50

Love your cave pix BL - reminds me of Italian grottos. I do love a grotto....wonder if I could fit one in here.... 

Lovely plant supports Liri - what a great prize top get. I'd definitely be keeping those! They make nice statements in the garden over winter anyway - even if you don't have a suitable plant for them to support... 

Could be handy for marking bulb areas if you ever worry about digging them up or spearing them. Not that I have experience of that of course....

Perhaps you could 'thatch one up' as  a little house for MrToad   

Glad he's safe and relatively unscathed. 

 Horrible damp cold day here. Just as well I'm at work . Better get back. No rest for the wicked. 

Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:40

Cut the lily stems back to the top of the main foliage- ie cut off the section where the flower was. Leave them to die back over winter to feed the bulb. 

I can't see anything wrong with the phlox or dianthus - they look very healthy to me.

Those dragon trees (the indoor ones) will lose leaves at various times - they'll yellow and drop off, or you can remove them. That's normal.

The foxgloves will be finished. You can remove the spent flowering spikes.  The rest of the foliage will  just die back.

I think you're worrying about some of your plants unnecessarily Rory.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 08:06

Kate - I wouldn't worry - whatever you're doing with them is working anyway - they're looking superb! 

They don't always do well for some people, so perhaps you're a natural  

Clematis confusion

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 08:00

Have you got it on a fence or something Daisy? The best way of getting a good show is to train it horizontally as much as possible, rather than just letting it go vertically. That way, you'll get loads of coverage on whatever structure it's on - and plenty of flower power without having to keep hacking it back  

Not sure if a bushy bottom's better than a bare one.... 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 08:00:45

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 07:57

That's great hollie. They get far too big for the areas that would suit me best, especially as it's mainly raised beds,  so I have to cut them down after winter, but I don't always remember  

I have them in pots mainly now, so it's easier to keep an eye on them 

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