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Exochorda The Bride

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:42

I'd seen this shrub in an Open Garden last year and loved it, then forgot all about it until someone (Busy Lizzie?) posted a pic of theirs.  So I have bought one and it's about 30" high with several thin stems all taped to a cane.  When I've planted it - hopefully tomorrow - do I then remove the cane, cut off the green tapes and let the stems flop where they want to?  There are quite a few open flowers and buds. Here's what it looks like in its pot.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42482.jpg?width=571&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Support for Sarah Bernhardt

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:26

Thanks for the pics Fairygirl - very ingenious.  

Obelixx, I'm inclined to wait and see what happens - they might not even flower this year, though I hope they will!  Fingers crossed for flowers for you INNA!

Chicky, am very impressed with your man's handiwork.  Is he planning to go into large scale production?  Plenty of customers on here I should think!

Support for Sarah

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:00

Thanks Fairygirl - look forward to the pic!  I've just realised I've put this in the wrong category, so have copied it into a new post in the Plants section.

Support for Sarah Bernhardt

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:55

I've never grown peonies before, but last May I bought three Sarah Bernhardts which didn't flower last year, but look more promising this year with more stems, and they're growing fast.  They are planted separately - not as a group.  What sort of support do you recommend for them?  I don't want the rusty look expensive ones, but I don't have any suitable twiggy bits.  What works for you?

Happy

Support for Sarah

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:30

I've never grown peonies before, but last May I bought three Sarah Bernhardts which didn't flower last year, but look more promising this year with more stems, and they're growing fast.  They are planted separately - not as a group.  What sort of support do you recommend for them?  I don't want the rusty look expensive ones, but I don't have any suitable twiggy bits.  What works for you?

Happy

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:01

Didn't have much joy with the besom, partly because by now the grass was above the casts, and also because even though the tops of the muddy piles were dry, the bottoms weren't. The broom just glided over the tops without moving them in the slightest!.  So with a little old kitchen knife I have begun to dig out the solid stuff (which has now been flattened by the lawnmower), flicking it onto the top of the grass.  When it dries it is much easier to sweep onto the patio with the besom.  But it's going to take a long, long time - which I haven't got at the moment.  

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:34

Went into the GC today looking for a besom broom, and they'd actually got some in the Sale.  So I got a Joseph Bentley one for £3.75 - lucky me!  So I shall attack the worm casts tomorrow.  Do you think the besom will work better if I trim all the birch twigs to roughly the same length?

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:22

Well, the deed is done, and I must say the tree looks very sorry for itself   Hope the new growth gets a move on ..............  I'll give it the FBB treatment tomorrow.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:15

Mike, I think you are in the minority here!  So I'm going to have to go with the chop it lobby. It's a narrowish border, backed by a neighbour's fence, so I can't afford to let it romp away.

Verdun, thanks for the tip about fertiliser.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:59

Bilje, I have horrible visions of you feeding pigs into your shredder   Thanks for the advice though - you too georgie!

Discussions started by happycottontail

Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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Muscari dilemma

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Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

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Pesky pigeons

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Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

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Surprise tomato plant!

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

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Hebe Purple Pixie

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Japanese Anemone not happy

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Agastache Black Adder

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What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

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