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Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:28

 dreaming of warmer climes

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 23:33

I've got some Salvia patens (dark blue). Can be grown as an annual, or overwinter the roots like a dahlia for a better show in year 2. PM me your address and I'll pop some in the post.

Brugmansia cuttings.

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:24

Cut it down to about 6 inches, and use the prunings for cuttings. You will need to keep the original plant frost free, damp only, not bone dry, and def not wet.

Cuttings are quite happy in the kitchen window. if a really bad frost is threatened , I move them away from the window, onto the draining board overnight.

Kef if the rooted cuttings are in small pots, I would keep them in the house in a coolish spot over winter.

plant ID please

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:20

Its a half hardy perennial, but usually treated as an annual. It will survive a very mild winter.

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Posted: 12/11/2014 at 16:36

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Talkback: How to lift and divide herbaceous perennials

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 16:01

What sort of lilies, Jack?

I would divide daylilies(hemerocallis ) in spring.

True lilies (Lilium species) go down to bulbs, and dont get split as such. Small bulbils can be grown on for a couple of years to form flowering size bulbs.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:58


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:54

I didnt expect much to be in flower in November, but my Yucca has flowered for the first time, Salvia hot lips is staill at it, and the pineapple sage is flowering in the greenhouse.


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:46

Dug up potatoes,cannas, and dahlias. A bit late I know,but we've only justhada frost, and all the tops havn't gone yet.

I've made brugmansia cuttings

For anyone who wants to know how,(Kef and Mrs Garden) I've done a separate thread with photos.

Brugmansia cuttings.

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:39

For those with brugmansias, here is an easy way to increase your stock.

Any large plants outside, now look a bit sad. If you cut them down like a buddleja, it reduces the size of the plant to overwinter(frost free) The bits you cut off make cuttings which will root over the winter, stood in a jar of water in a windowsill.

 This is a three year old plant which has been in the flower bed all summer. The root spread mean it is not feasible to lift it, so I cut it down and let the frost have it.

 Last years cuttings, potted into 6 inch pots in march, have flowered and provide ideal cutting material.

 Cut down to overwinter in greenhouse.

 Cuttings trimmed up from the prunings.

 Coffee jars filled with water, and the cuttings stand in these on a windowsill for the winter. They will develop white nodules below the water line, from which roots will grow. The water may need to be topped up from time to time. In March, I pot the rooted cuttings into 6 inch pots.

 Cutting ready for next size pot.

 Potted into 15 inch pot in May. Feed and water well for it to flower well in the summer. At the end of first year, cut down and make new cuttings.

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