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3 things..

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:48

dahlias are coming to the end of their season too, once they get blackened by the frost cut them back and lift the tubers for planting next year. they are prob being eaten by slugs or snails, not much pint doing anything about them now, just remember next year that they are slug/snail edible

Try & store the tubers dry & frost free. I just use some new MP compost & flower buckets which I shove under a bench in the hallway/plant room, but a porch or spare bedroom would also do.

IME sheds arent usually frost free, nor un insulated coldframes, but in 012, which was also slug heaven, I just put mine into spare pots, in the old compost, unwrapped, & chucked whole into a coldframe..& they survived!"!

BTW label them!! I didnt that yr & had no idea which was which until they really grew the next yr! J.



Overgrown hebe

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:36

If you'd not already done the deed I'd have advised wait until early May, depending on whereabouts in UK you are...but now if there's absolutely no sign of any new low growth low down, then yep, enjoy (!) the workout involved in getting it out! Good luck, J.

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:40

I have H. Pinky Winky which is paniculata type. It certainly wasnt pink early on this season, but def is now.

I too fancy H. Annabelle as that always sems to stay white, J.

cutting from a Hebe

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:31

Forgot to say...after cutting beneath a node remove, preferably with a sharp knife, not fingers.... some of the lower leaves. When you shove the cutting into compost I tend to go in to the next set of leaves, J.

cutting from a Hebe

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:18

They're pretty easy to do/take IME, but you may find that it could be getting too cool for success now, but certainly worth trying.

Try & get a non flowering shoot...if not poss snip off the flower. Cut cleanly beneath a node, dip into hormone rooting powder/liquid, shake off the excess & push cutting around the edge of a pot filled with say cutting/seed compost, but any MP should be fine too.

Take several more cuttings & I'd also use a plastic bag over the whole using an elastic band to secure. Oh & label pot too.

Water pot & put the whole into a coldframe, if you've got one, or say beneath a piece of glass leaning against a part shade wall & forget about it!

Come next Spring I'd investigate- remove the covering bag. You'll now need to watch re water needs...As the weather warms up any new growth should be obvious.

If it's failed, try again early summer when success should be easier. Good luck, J.

Purple berberis

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:59

You obviously want/need to remove some branches now, so fine. Just old ones mind.... J.


When to move snowdrops

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:23

I've just split & replanted several large inherited clumps that were almost in full flower. Absolutely fine, all flowering happily, but I did well water them in & it's continued raining since!

I've also in the past split & transplanted clumps just as flowers finishing & that worked too...

Either way it's fiddly & back aching job but well worth it, J.



Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:09
little-ann wrote (see)

Hi Jo I am still lurking about 

Oh goody, lurking eh?

Yep have taken on about 4xsize old plot & it's sunny (!) with awful soil..... I dont know what I expected, but after 20+yrs of soil improvement & part shade it's a steep learning curve. Could be expensive too..... but have realised that I cant do it all at once! J.




Bosch Rotak 36 Lawnmower

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:34

I agree pretty well with Buttercupdays. Cant say have noticed a cable problem, just sling it over my shoulder. I do however have to use 2 extension leads ,to reach far end of lawn, so a longer cable would be good.

I tend to use medium setting most of the time. The shortest level 'scalpe' my greenpatch/lawn. Uneven in places & sloping. Old garden very uneven & worked a treat. Mind you I dont 'do' pristine lawns.

What I do appreciate is it is lightweight. I have problems with my arm & find that it is comfy to use even for a long while these days. I also need to lift it up/down some steps & minus the box no problem.

When this 1 dies I shall happily replace with another. Will need the bigger version though as nowadays have a lot more 'lawn' to deal with compared to previous house, J.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:17
star gaze lily wrote (see)

But as somebody said the first poster of this thread has disappeared and not quoted again 

That happens quite often......annoying!

I may not post v often these days but am glad to 'see' regulars still contributing their knowledge etc.

A lot of them are ex beeb MBs & to lose that wealth of knowledge would be criminal!

I joined those MBs in 08 & even after many yrs of gardening I still had lots to learn. Still do....

Memo to self: sign in more often. J.


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