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Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:30

I think most people use cuttings for pelargoniums, as BL says, and if you follow Dove's advice above, you'll have loads for next year. In fact, the ones you've cut back will probably put on a fair bit of growth in the next month so you might be able to do a few cuttings before winter. 

Climbers and soil type-

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:26

If you add some well rotted manure and compost as well as the grit, it will open the soil up and help the drainage as well. It'll also help it from getting rock hard during long dry spells  

Leaky water butt

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:22

There's different types of sealant depending on what you're sealing so just make sure you get one for plastics. Perhaps ask someone in the shop if you're unsure.  

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:09

Around twelve/eighteen inches is about right. I had a hornbeam hedge in a previous garden and it grew well at that distance and filled out to make a good hedge within a couple of years from bareroot. If you were doing a double row you'd use twice that amount and stagger them, hence the higher quantity. 

Dividing plants

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:04

Have you looked at the roots to see if they're a bit pot bound and haven't opened out into the surrounding soil? That's sometimes the problem. They need a fair bit of food and moisture to get them growing well, but if they're 'stuck' they won't develop.


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 08:56

Morning all - lovely looking day again here.

Good luck BL - after all your hard work I hope you get the right result 

lily - plenty of porridge for breakfast! Hope your sis is grateful for all the help you've given her. I like boxes unpacked and sorted right away too otherwise it becomes a huge chore which keeps getting put off. 

Like Yvie - my body's aching but I want to get on wile it's dry today - lots of  rain forecast tomorrow.

Off for a quick look round here. Hope all the workers have a good day at t'mill  


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 17:27


My 'Lime' ones were bad with it this year but after cutting them back, the new foliage is fine. 

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:56

Bergenias are spring flowering - the OP wanted late flowering plants, otherwise I would have suggested the white varieties of those. 

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 11:55

Hi Hayley - the landscape fabric is porous so will allow water to drain through. There's divided opinion about placing a layer of gravel on the bottom of pots or raised beds - best to use some grit or fine gravel mixed through for drainage, especially if you have them on solid ground (like paving) which will not let excess water away so well.  It's not usually necessary  as raised beds tend to drain well - most people have the opposite problem of them drying out too quickly. 

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 11:42

They both take cutting back no problem and are quite similar - hornbeam has a more pronounced 'groove' on the leaf. If you want to do bare root I can  recommend Hopes Grove Nursery which you'll find online. I've used them a few times - got my hedge from them last year for this new garden. The only drawback of bare root is that you need to have your ground ready for when it arrives and then you'll be planting in often unhospitable conditions to get it in! It saves a huge amount of money though, and is great if you have awkward bits to get plants in as you don't need such a big planting hole as you would with a pot grown plant. Choose slightly smaller plants too - around 60/90cm - which will establish better than big plants. 

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