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Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 16:21

Mine have been in for years and are spreading by division. I read somewhere that they can be fairly shortlived but not in my garden! We have no squirrels around here, mind (thank goodness! I fought a running battle with hoards of them in the past, and could tell you some funny stories about it. I 'sort of' won in the end, but they were forever trying to regain the initiative. 

A bit of advice on a couple of plants

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 16:17

I agree with Nutcutlet on both (I have them in my garden. You can prune them back now ( a good time for pruning evergreens), quite hard if you want to. Baggesen's Gold is often grown as a short hedge, clipped a few times a year. It strikes very easily from cuttings. 

EU proposes ban on traditional seed

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:45

From what I have read it seems as if this legislation applies to the marketing of seed, not to anyone harvesting their own seed or giving the seeds away, or plants from the seeds.

 It's a bit like propagation of plants that have assigned breeders' rights. Only licensed breeders can commercially propagate certain cultivars, and must sell them with the rights holder's label, but tehre is no reason why you or I shouldn't propagate them, or indeed sell them, provided we don't label them with the original name. For example, you can't propagate and sell sambucus Black Lace under that name, but you could propagate and sell it on a local WI stall as "purple leaved sambucus"  

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:30

Thanks Freesia. Was the article referring to early bulb irises like Katherine Hodgkin or to later rhizome irises? I know that's the right advice for the latter.  

crocosmia masoniorum?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:21

Fireglow, just like mine! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:20

Frost tomorrow night in my area. Well, forecast is temperatures down to 2C and as we are in an exposed area that means a good chance the flowers on my dwarf plum and Bramley will get nipped, so out with the fleece. 

When i did this last year my new neighbours had a shock when they looked out of their bedroom window late evening after dark and saw what looked several white ghostly figures floating gently in a light breeze! 

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:13

The RHS advice is to divide these in early autumn, but by then the leaves have long gone and I am never sure where they are. Can I lift them earlier, like at the end of May, when I can still locate them, and dry / store the bulbs like I would with daffodils? 

Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:49

Glyphosate is the answer, unless you are 100% organic.  Just keep children and pets off the lawn for 4 hours. If glyphosate was toxic to children then it would not be on sale in every garden centre and DIY store in the country. 

Very few weedkillers (if any) have zero toxicity, but then the same can be said for most of the kitchen chemicals in your home. They just need to be used in line with the instructions. 

Advice on climbing hydrangea

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:58

What advice are you looking for? Pruning, support, siting....... 

Google "climbing hydrangea for lots of advice".

The most likely proper name for your umbrella plant is cyperus alternifolius, though several other species carry the same common name, 

Can Thuja Plicata 2' 6" be planted in pot ?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 17:46

They could well be Ok as hedging, after all no leylandii have as yet reached their ultimate height as the first was propagated from seed in 1934 and is still growing. They could end up being the tallest conifer in the world, outgrowing giant redwood, and yet they work as a hedge, though a very coarse one. The thuja that I planted in my mini-forest were the native ones, not the cultivar, and the leaf growth was tighter than leylandii, but looser than the hedge in my next house. As atrovirens is only half the height I suspect it has a tighter formation and probably grows a bit more slowly. 

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