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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:42

Thanks for the help.

I will try and take some cuttings (if I can find some healthy stems!) and see how a good trim does.

But as bigolob says it is old and perhaps ready for replacement.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 12:54

You can draw off mains water and let it sit for 48 hours, that will de-chlorinate it and it can then be used on your plants.




Posted: 14/08/2013 at 12:46



Posted: 14/08/2013 at 12:42

Hi again,

I have had this Hebe for probably 20 years, it was moved once in it's time but has been in the current position for about 5 years.  The last 2 years it has looked quite sickly and stragley, last year it seemed to flower ok, but quickly went over.  This year it has hardly flowered at all and now looks as in the pic below.

Can I cut it right back to base and hope it will send up new shoots, or is it just 'old and tired'?

Am not sure exactly which Hebe it is but have included a pic of one the flowers it did produce.  We would hate to lose it as it brings fond memories of one of our cats who always sat under it for shade.  The wife calls it Charlies Bush

Many thanks for any help...


Sorry pics will not upload will add later !


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 14:56

Hopefully these pics of my Comos will show...





Posted: 09/08/2013 at 13:42

Centura is a perennial Cornflower but Cosmos def Annual.


My Cosmos this year were not sown until May, as illness and builders left me up a creek.  They have grown BIG and some have plenty of bud and a few flowers, others don't have anything showing yet except big healthy plants.  I'll try and get a pic or two later to show you.

My half hardy annuals have done well this year given the late start (again not sown until May), but probably a good thing considering the cold spring.

Hardy Annuals, rarely need the protection I afford them, but I live up the hill on the outskirts of town and it can be 3-4 C colder than in town and also very cold winds, so I like to keep my babies tucked up

Perennials that you grow from seed this year I think will need some protection, you could wait until v early spring and sow them then, they may not flower 1st year (depends on plants), but will be fully hardy by that winter.




Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:26

Sorry should have said you can sow direct also.  It's just my prefered method, thank you LG for pointing out my ommission.

Do I need to deadhead Begonias?

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:23

With Fuschias, I dead head by removing both the finished flower and the pod behind.




Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:05

There are no silly questions PaperFlowers.

Yes you can sow Hardy annuals now, as long as they have made good strong plants by the time the frosts arrive, keep them in a cold frame or cold greenhouse over winter.


They can then be planted out next spring ( I usually give them a week or two outside during the day and bring them in at night).

Some say that they flower for longer by being over wintered.


Recommendations - Cosmos, Cornflowers, Sweet Peas all do well for me, but I am sure others will have more extensive lists for you.


Hope that helps.



Posted: 07/08/2013 at 15:37

Could be over/under watering.  Put your index finger in the growing medium, if it feels dry to your middle  knuckle, it needs water, if very wet or moist let it dry out for a few days.

It may also rather be planted in the ground.


Hope that helps some.

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