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When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 21:24

On the contrary lilies can be divided once they have grown a large enough bulb set. ( 2 bulbs in one) .You can then split the bulbs. You would normally do this in late summer to early autumn



What kind of plant is this?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 21:11

Possibly spiraea gold flame. If it is you can cut in right back to the ground in spring just as new growth starts to appear. Apply a good mulch at the same time.



Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:04



when you say you put the leaves  in to your compost bin, does that bin contain normal homemade compost aswell

The reason I ask is that, as a rule, you do not normally mix large amount of discarded leaves with normal bin compost as the break down of the leave structure takes a longer period to complete compared to normal ingredients you place in your compost bin.

You may already know this but just in case


Talkback: How to transplant shrubs

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 17:27

You can move shrubs when they are dormant ie : no in their growing season 

I would move most shrubs in late Autumn 

Plant Id Please

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 14:16

Yes it looks like the emerald gaiety type. Good ground cover plant and will grow in most places including under tree's and shade

Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 14:11

If you like a bit of hardwork and want to create some homemade compost then collect them up and place in a standard black plastic bag.Tie it up and pierce it with a few holes. Leave it for a year and you will have some quality leaf mould to throw back on your boarders

Talkback: How to lift and divide hemerocallis

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 12:28

Hi Ellen


i have just lifted and divided 9 day lillies and replanted in a nursey boarder( this is a temporary site in my garden before I decide what to do with them.

Faiely easy to lift as just over 3 years since they were planted and divided 9 plants to create 21 plants in total. I do find that they have a incredible rate of growth and dividing will stimulate this 

A note on watering. I water my day lilies every week and give them an inch of water around the base of the plant that improves their flowering. I also feed them with standard growmore fertiliser in spring and autumn 

Apart from that, they will give you a beautiful show of flowers from July to September 

Deep borders

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:16

Obviously. It would depend on the size of your garden. The bigger the garden the wider the boarder can be 

The advantage of deeper boarders is that you have more opportunity to display a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Also you have the advantage of planting up your boarders in sways of colours in bands 

You will also have the choice to put in curves or straight lines to the lawn 

it take a lot of hardwork to prepare a wide boarder with soil conditioner and compost to  improve the composition of your boarder.

Good luck with the project


Garden Waste

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 21:05


your question about branches and how do they break down as compost 

Anything you put in for compost will break down better if it is chopped  in to smaller sections.Personally, I would only put in small sections of branch timber as they will take longer to decompose.  I have 4 compost bins and that is still not enought compost for my needs 



what does your garden mean to you

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:52

My garden is a place where time stands still. Where all my hard work in late October and early March bears that labour 

It's a place  where I never feel under pressure where working is a pleasure 

I just love my garden and love gardening 

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