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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.  


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:29

You have a narcissistic peony there, Bizzie 


Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 10:02

Btw Verdun, am very impressed with the number of different varieties you grow!  Any pics of your favourites?

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 10:00

Now I'm confused   Verdun says they are likely to die if potted up for the winter, and Meerkat says the opposite.  But it could depend on where you live.  I'm in North Yorkshire and the Agastaches were in clay soil which remained wet and shaded for a large part of the winter. 


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:48

Don't worry rosemummy, we all have our successes and our failures    P'raps it's time to cut your losses and go out and buy a big, healthy plant which already has 3 or 4 leafy stems.  It will cost you more but you should get a good display of flowers next June.

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:42

Hadn't thought of slug damage MM.  Perhaps mine didn't die - just got eaten!  What time of the year do the shoots normally begin to appear?  Do you have them in pots all year round, or do you plant them out for the summer months and then repot them in autumn and overwinter them in a cool greenhouse?

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