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Posted: 21/09/2016 at 22:13


Cheers I have just ordered some to try!



Posted: 20/09/2016 at 13:02



Has anyone grown Camassias, if so what has been your experience?

Easy to grow, come back year after year, or a waste of time and effort!


Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:03


.Repeat post, "IF IT AINT BROKE DON'T FIX IT" old Chinese proverb!

They broke it but have not or cannot fix it!

It has been a pest ever since some one decided to update, and downgrade!

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:29


Hi Verdun,

Earlier in the year I bought a WS just coming into flower in a three litre pot in a local GC for £8.99.

They told me it was very difficult to grow, I certainly know that as they appear to have a death wish, but I bought it anyway!

I managed to get a rooted stem off it without damaging the main plant, and it is growing well and quite a size now, though no flower buds yet!

The main plant has flowered since I bought it, but so far I have not been able to get any more bits to propagate, maybe when it has finally finished flowering!

The GC did not have any more WS plants in any time I was there!

Cheers for now!

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!

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