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Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:16


My Jap anemones "hate" being dry, during the past days here it has been very windy, dry and warm, when I come in from work they have flopped over and only recover when I drench with lots of water, it has been just the same the next evening!

So I would advise don't plant in a dry area! 

Also they probably are only rooted stems not fully growing plugs, that's what I have received from them in the past when I bought other perennials from them!

They probability will not bulk up and flower for years as I was given a semi double white one in a 9cm pot two years ago and it is still a tiddler, which had one miserable little flower on it this year!


Why do my Japanese Anemone's look like this?

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 23:15


Hello Bluerose,

It looks very like that your plants have finished flowering, as  those look like seed pods on the flower stalks!

Also on mine the foliage always look like yours after flowering, so I quickly chop them down and let fresh leaves grow!

"AND" they need lots of water when flowering or the flower stalks droop!

I lost three large strongly growing  clumps  of Aster frikartii monch's growing in my allotment last year, they all died at the same time with no reason!

Tonight the lady speaker said that hers had rotted without reason earlier this year, and had anyone else experienced the same, she was looking for answers but noone was able to help!


Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:34


Don't quote me, BUT they still have not fixed the problem about the quotes!

Confucius him say, if it aint broke don't fix it!

Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:32
philippa smith2 says:

Thanks Phillipa,

Yes I can wear gloves etc, hopefully I can remove some more without the rash!


Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:42

Poison Ivy part 2

About 2 months ago I trimmed some branches that had fallen over the path back!

I developed an itchy red rash on both arms and as I had been eating oranges I blamed them, i had some anti histamine tablets in the house took them and it went after a few days.

As the birds had flown, about 6 weeks ago my neighbour offered me his green bin and with mine also, I cut down some more of the large branches chopped them up and binned them!

Again I got a rash this time all over my body, this time I had to go to the doctor who gave me strong tablets but it took a full month to clear, I still did not connect the rash with the ivy!

Last Wednesday I had the offer of the green bin again, so I cut down some more branches as one would!

I woke up during that night with the rash back,I still has some of the strong tablets which I took immediately, so this time it has not been too itchy!

I got to thinking that the only thing to connect my rash was the ivy, so I looked up on the net and it was all there about the effects that ivy can cause!

I have only cut down about a quarter so far, so there's trouble ahead!

I have cut it down and handled it other years without and effects, so why this year am I having a problem?

Any comments would be most welcome!



Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:17

Poison Ivy

I am bounded at the rear by an 8 foot tall boundary  fence 30 feet long belonging to the school, which I planted lots of variegated ivy plants some have reverted back to green,and are now over 4 feet above the fence, and it looks good a very thick mass!

In late winter, early spring I get Brimstone butterflies and lots of early bees on the flowers, this year a pair of blackbirds nested,as well as a pair of Dunnocks, Wrens and Robins i get them most years.

My neighbour feeds and keep an eye out for them and tells me where they go in and out of the ivy, I found the Robins nest but not the others this year!

They have all flown their nests now, only the male blackbird is here now with one of his young, which he keeps attacking trying to drive it off!

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 15:58


Hi Lydiaann

Have already given them the Hampton hack, even with all the rain we have had they are just sitting there!

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 22:33


Last year I grew Rozanne in two hanging baskets, they were amazing, only problem with them, I could never give them enough water!

I have a couple in large tubs this year, same problem never enough water!

I have also got Johnson's Blue, they with me are a one flush flowering lot, then the look bedraggled even when cut down!



Posted: 01/08/2016 at 15:29


Depends where you live,broad leaved ones are more tender than slim leaved ones, they do not like cold wet winters in clay soil even with loads of sand added, so I grow mine in tubs!

Once they get established they do expand quickly for me and I soon get multiple flower heads, though they are the devil to get out off the tubs to divide, I just chop them through with a sharp spade and tub them up again!

Blooms GC have lots in tubs with multiple flower heads at the moment, ONLY £89.99  per tub and they are not even very pretty flowers at that!

Anyway good luck!

Slug Pellets and Cats?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:38


I have both a cat and a dog and use some slug pellets, the effective ones!

Neither the cat or the dog show any interest in them!

They should only be scattered at SIX pellets to the square yard, no more!

On the other hand,there was a post on here some time ago from some vet who said, that every week he /she had lovely cats dying in their arms that had been poisoned by slug pellets as there was no cure!

But then there are always some who swear they were abducted by aliens and everyone else is out of step who disbelieves them!

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