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Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Posted: Today at 11:02

I have never taken cuttings before, mainly because I haven't had anything to cut from!  I know there is plenty of advice around in magazines and the web, but some of it is conflicting and I know you lovely people won't mind giving me the fruit of your experience. I'm wanting to multiply my plants of Penstemon "Raven" and Dianthus "Memories".  I need to know all the ins and outs - cut above or below node, size of pot, best compost, grit or no, plastic bag over top? Not asking much, am I? 

Surprise tomato plant!

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:00

I have never grown tomato plants, but one has appeared in a bed below my kitchen window.  I have a theory about how it got there.  Some time ago part of the external wastepipe that comes from my kitchen sink got detached at the joint, so that for a couple of days all the waste water etc. was gushing over the flowerbed.  Well, I do eat quite a lot of tomatoes of one particular variety, so if it fruits the chances are it would be an Asda Aromatico cherry tomato plant.  It is about 9" high at the moment and growing fast, but neither the soil or the position is ideal.  So I need some advice on size of pot, type of compost, staking(?), feeding and watering please.  There are little pairs of leaves forming in the leaf axils. 

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:06

Oops, I've missed the word "sun" off the description!  

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:04

Such a beautiful plant, sitting there in its pot, so I want to plant it in the right place.

Hebe Purple Pixie

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:00

Hogweed it is quite small - about 9" high - and I only put it in the garden 5 weeks ago, so I don't know if you could call it mature  

Hebe Purple Pixie

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 19:38

This is my first ever Hebe and I would like to know how to trim it to get more flowers.  It has been beautiful for the last six weeks, but now the flower spikes are almost over.  Do I cut them off just below the bottom of each one, or does the plant need more drastic pruning?

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:49

Good idea Fairygirl!

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:22

As if right on cue, this is what popped up on Facebook today.    

RHS - Royal Horticultural Society 1 hr · 

FledglingFriday??? Do you have a difficult place for planting? Dry shade isn't very inviting but there are plants that will survive and brighten up those dull and dingy corners. Use our Plant Finder to find some great ideas:http://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-Form Do you have a favourite shade dweller?
This is Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/95098/Anemone-x-hybrida-Honorine-Jobert/Details

And underneath was a lovely photo of how I hope my anemone will look later this summer  

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:40

Thanks for all the comments. I had seen them growing in very dry conditions in the Dordogne, so thought it should be ok.  I will give it a good drink when it's cooler this evening.  Yes Obelixx, it was only planted last June, so perhaps it needs a bit of tlc.  Should i feed it, and if so, with what?

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 16:21

I have an Honorine Jobert whose leaves are going yellow and dying.  It has looked fine until recently with lots of leafy growth and 3 flower stems have appeared under the leaves.  Any ideas to halt the decay?  I would hate to lose it.  It is planted in dryish soil near, but not under, a large conifer in next door's garden and gets a good amount of sun each day.  

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Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

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Help! I'm being attacked!

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Dead or just plain lazy? 
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Where does it like to grow? 
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