Latest posts by Fairygirl

Moving a Peony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 20:38

I'll repeat - I was simply helping the OP who needs to move conifers and her peony will probably not survive the process. 

I don't think that makes me 'uptight'.  

Good luck with it Laura - hopefully you can detach the plant from the conifer roots successfully.  


Moving a Peony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 20:23

I'm not uptight at all. 

Confused now though....simply trying to help Laura - same as nut is. 

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 20:16

I've sent you a PM Jinxy  


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 20:08

You probably have the best of both worlds then GD 

Wind is very damaging - whether it's the dessicating sort or the stuff that breaks fences and batters trees and shrubs. It's easy to forget about watering if there's a windy spell, yet we don't forget if it's hot and sunny! 

Moving a Peony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 19:53

If plants need moved for specific reasons - in this instance, Laura needs to dig out conifers -  then it's sensible to move the peony. It has little chance of surviving the inevitable trampling it'll get during that process. 


Nicotiana affinis seedlings

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 18:56

They look like nice healthy little seedlings Fred 

But yes, get them split into their own little pots and grow them on for a good bit before letting them loose in the big outdoors  -  gradually! 

Moving a Peony

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 18:26

There's a lot of nonsense talked about moving Peonies. They're not difficult if the usual basic steps are taken to ensure as little shock to the plant-  as with any other plant that's getting moved. The main issue is that people plant peonies too deep. Keep them fairly shallow.

As the others say, as good a root ball as you can manage, but I agree with nut - the ruddy conifer roots may cause a bit of a problem. 

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:59

The alpinas are great for anyone who worries about pruning etc. They virtually look after themselves  

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:48

Is your garden quite exposed to the coast anyway GD? Lots of plants will struggle with wind - whether it's coastal or from being on higher ground.  It's why they often need a shelter belt to create a better micro climate for plants to really thrive.

Anything small, and therefore a bit vulnerable at this time of year,  just needs a little help initially after being inside and getting a bit 'soft'.  Bit like us really!   

Moving house

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:40

They're tough as all hell up here too - but the biggest issue might be north easterly winds, so just make sure the camellia(s) have a bit of protection if the new garden's exposed. Pick the right spot   

Don't know how Magnolias cope with it though - have never grown them. 

I'd agree with Ceres and 8000wf about taking cuttings rather than the main plants/shrubs though.

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