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What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:15

I've got some new foxgloves at the same stage Yvie - they're going to be planted out in the next few days, and as Lyn  says, just make sure they aren't thirsty in this dry weather. They'll be well established by next spring. The lupins will fill those pots very quickly but they'll be better able to withstand the slug/snail onslaught if they're bigger, stronger plants to plant out next year. 

 I've only bought lupins as mature plants from a nursery or GC when I had them previously, and I don't grow them any more, but that's interesting about them not being hardy in their first year as a seed grown plant Lyn. I suppose it makes sense - they have very soft growth so they're vulnerable, and I would automatically overwinter small plants to get sturdier before I'd plant them out.  


Miserable peony

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 10:25

If it's not thriving where it is I'd move it now and just keep an eye on it. You've nothing to lose. Usual wisdom is move things when they're dormant, but if you're careful about removal and get a good rootball it's not usually a problem. They don't like being planted too deeply. You could always put it in a large pot if you don't have a suitable spot for it just now. They make nice pot specimens.

When and how to liven up my leggy lilacs, help please

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 10:17

They benefit from the '1 in 3' pruning that so many shrubs benefit from. After they flower, you take out about a third of stems  that aren't productive - old diseased stuff, suckers and weak thin stems, and  anything rubbing or crossing.  It's a bit late for this year, but you could probably still take back some stuff at the front which will flower in a couple of years. It won't always be necessary to take as much as a third but they're like Philadelphus - they need pruning properly to get them flowering at their best. The idea is that you always have some new growth maturing over a couple of years to carry the flowers. I've also seen them pruned to form a lollipop shape. The lower branches all removed to form a defined trunk and the top kept as a the flowering bit. You can also hack them right back to the ankles, but I'd only do that with an old, neglected shrub that needs rejuvenating.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 09:49

Morning all. Had a small lie in, then cleaned the bathroom and put a wash on as the rain isn't arriving till later today. Still very hot though - just as well I watered everything yesterday anyway!  I'll do the grass today so that it gets a water later since I wasn't as keen to get back outside last night as Woody  

KEF - I've used online stores for buying about three TVs in the last six years or so. Excellent service and free delivery. There's good bargains to be had in the supermarkets as well. 

Hope doc is ok. He was coming up north after Glasto to visit his MIL, but his mum's been unwell so it's a bit worrying.

Glad you're  better today lily. Is your ankle better now OL?

Off for a look round and see what's what. Catch up later - have a good day everyone

Moving house

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:47

Might as well leave the heads till the whole stem dies back unless you have a few which haven't gone to seed yet. You can usually separate bulbs quite easily if they've got a bit congested. Just tease them apart gently and re plant each one giving it a bit more room. Best to do it when they're dormant probably, although I've done it after flowering without too much problem. It's just a question of keeping an eye on them and not letting them get dried out if you do. You might see some small bulbils forming around the main bulbs - those will eventually become full sized bulbs. 

The lily beetles are a pain. I haven't had too much problem up here with them, but it's just a case of being vigilant, early on in particular. They're sneaky little b***ers!

what to put here

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:27

I have Osmanthus burkwoodii in a shady spot rosemummy, and it's growing very happily. Nice scented flowers in early spring. Might be earlier where you are too. 

I'd echo the Lonceras as well. They're great foliage plants and you can clip and trim them whenever you want especially if they take over the spot they're in. I have one called Golden Glow which is a nice bright green if it's in a shady spot. It's a good foil for other foliage shapes and colours.

I put a pic of it on the garden gallery (or star in your garden) thread with a buddleia just the other day.


Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:05

Piece of roasted salmon and some fresh salad bits from the garden for tea. Very pleasant and simple 

Were the 'burny' people Scots fidget? 

KEF - nobody thought about sun screen in those days. I worked outdoors then, and always had brown arms! Got fed up with people saying how lucky I was, being out in the lovely sun all day .... had to restrain myself from saying -'come back in November/December mate, when it's p***ing down all day for weeks on end, or in January when there's several feet of snow and you have to dig out a four foot snowdrift just to get into the stables before you even start'. 

Happy days.....

Was thinking of cutting the grass. I've thought about it.... and decided I can't be bothered 

Sick Sundance Orange Blossom

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 19:51

Hi Tigermad - if it's getting the full force of the midday sun just now, it's probably just a bit of sun stroke! I have one which was planted last year in a very sunny spot and it was suffering in the same way. I've moved it to the other end of the bed it's in, where it doesn't get so much sun until the afternoon, and it's much happier. It still gets loads of light, but it's a bit more protected. There's  a few 'airy' plants in front of it too which also helps. If you can't move it to a place where it can get a little bit of shade through the hottest part of the day, you could perhaps put a couple of pots in front of it fro now, or even erect a simple bit of shading with some canes and light material. Once it's a bigger shrub, it'll be able to withstand it more easily. Just make sure that it's getting enough water too, since it's quite newly planted. 

Moving house

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 18:27

Most people just leave lilies in situ Gingerfingers. They're hardy. It's best to remove the flowerheads when they finish, rather than letting them go to seed, so that the plant doesn't waste energy. It will put it into the bulb instead for the following year. Leave the stems till they've died back and either leave them there or remove them to make the plant tidy. Then just tuck them somewhere sheltered where they won't get drowned in wet weather over winter - a house wall for instance - and they'll start pushing through again once spring comes. That's when you can remove some of the old compost and replace it with new.  


Posted: 25/07/2014 at 18:09


If Lesley's temps have been like this side of the country she'll need a body warmer with her!

 I went and bought paint after work today as I can't go out in that heat. Still almost thirty in the shade of my buddleia just now. Have to stay inside - there's no breeze. Rain forecast for tomorrow which will be a relief 

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