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what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:26

Schizostylis Mrs G.   Don't worry - you can get pills for it...

or Kaffir lily 

While it's been good to have had our money's worth  from annuals this past season, I'm wondering how some of the perennials  are going to fare this year, especially  if there's no hard weather at all to knock them back. Will it affect their vigour if they've had no proper dormant period?  

Verd- you have a long season down there normally, what would you reckon?

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:14

I'd agree with you fidget- I also had variegated ones by the pond at my last house and they were largely untouched. I also think that, with most pests and diseases, weather and conditions play a role, so some years they will be worse than others. In the house near where I am now, I grew sieboldiana (among others) and it was never touched, but  I had a  small pond there and lots of birds coming in and I think that makes a huge difference. Even the 'softer' varieties had little damage. Not enough predators in this garden yet.

So - you need a pond Steve! 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:00

It would certainly bring tears to my eyes Verdi....

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:59

I've already semi - pruned some of mine last October/November because I had to move them into their new raised beds from pots, so they haven't got terribly long stems anyway.  I think if you leave them as they are they'll just be  leggy with most of the flowers at the top. If the plants are sheltered you could probably do them now - maybe leave a couple of longer stems if you want and see what happens. I think someone said recently that they've started doing theirs because they have so many. (Berghill perhaps?)

 I know what you mean about chopping off nice new growth though!


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:46

Sorry, been away for a little while so just catching up again.

pd - steady on...

Happy Birthday Ggirl - hope you have cake to share...

Woody - hopefully things will pick up and there's not too much damage to your dahlias. Most of my bulbs are in pots as I was constructing raised beds for them so I'm just slotting them into spaces  until later on. 

Ok KEF - what's square and green?

A lemon in disguise...

Just some of the hellebores on sale where I go :



Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:37

It may have been sieboldiana steve.  It has blue, strongly ribbed leaves which are tougher than the more variegated ones, and the general consensus is that that's the reason they leave them alone. That said, I have one, and it was shredded last year by the giant snails that live here!

The self coloured ones tend to have tougher leaves anyway, so you might want to favour those. There's been lots of discussion on here about remedies to keep slugs away, from beer traps and grit, to garlic washes and night time hunting with a torch!


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:52

After it's finished with it's catkins and flowers Caffeine Addict. 

Some people just cut every branch back to the same point, but it can look a bit like a rather unattractive umbrella. You can prune each branch in a more random way instead, to get a more natural look, and I personally think they look best if you don't take too much off. Hope that helps 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:46

Knew if we mentioned food of any kind, Verdun would appear!

Hellebore heaven at the nursery yesterday. They had loads more of the one I got last year ('Bob's Best') but I restrained myself. It was twice the price of the others so I assume it's a fairly rare one - perhaps one they developed themselves. They're about 4/5 quid for a decent size (6" pot) hellebore there. Well worth the journey. 

Qualitymusic right enough Verd...I'll just humour you .....

and talking of humour - I might even have another of my astounding  jokes for you later 

Hello MrsG 

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:29

It's well known up here as the best insect repellent, and lots of the hotels and B&Bs that walkers use supply it. I'm not too bothered by them fortunately, but they even survive at the top of our mountains - not just in shady, damp areas at lower levels. I believe they are now developing it commercially as an insect repellent, using the same ingredients that are in the Avon product, as it can't legally be advertised as an insect repellent.

You do realise Tracey, we breed midges bigger and feistier up here just to keep English visitors away? It's part of Mr Salmond's 'Grand Plan'.....

Blank Canvas!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:18

Hi Daryl. You might also want to put in some summer flowering perennials where you have the bulbs so that you don't have an empty space when they finish, and it will provide some shade for the clematis roots. There are lots of things you could choose for a nice sunny bed. I'm assuming you don't have your veg covering that area by then of course. 

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