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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:52

It should be fine there BJay, providing you give it a good start when you plant it out & allow space for it to mature. They can be quite big shrubs ultimately so you dont want to be moving it. I assume that your soil is on the acidic side?

The main problem with them I understand is - if they are planted in an East facing border thus catching the sun first thing after a frosty night which then browns the flowers. 

Neighbour has had one in a very large tub for some years. It is actually partly East facing, more South though & next to the house/conservatory wall. J.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:00

I've got some in large pots, under planted with small bulbs. The rest are in the ground.

IME they do better in slightly richer soil conditions- not too dry, nor too shaded. Although I have VW in the garden, they seem to leave them alone in most circumstances.

Every Feb I remove all the old, tatty leaves. Later on in the Spring, if they've become 'woody' & lifted out of the soil/compost, I replant the youngest 'stems' deeper. Advice from an exhibitor at a RHS show. You can do it in the Autumn, but the risk I find then, is them starting to rot off over the winter. I keep the older stems for cuttings-

If you look closely at the stem you can see the 'nodes' from where new growth will start. so you can chop an old stem into sections, making sure there are 'nodes' on each section. Keep it the correct way up, & replant them level with the compost in pots & a top dressing of grit. Keep out of direct sun- coldframe, side of wall etc- & you'll soon have new plants to use. J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 17:16

Have just got thw washing back in. Cold out there, but the birds are singing like mad- just like the boiler!

Spotted that an old clump of Pop's, my Grandad, rhubarb is trying again next to the fruit bushes. Last yrs rain must've helped, as it's a dry spot. I've neglected it since I split it & replanted in on my veg bed some yrs back, leaving some still on the original veg bed, which is now the fruit plot. So now I shall pot it up for daughter to have. I've had some ever since I had a garden & in this one it's been moved around quite a bit until it landed in the veg plot, where it's happy.

Bjay, sounds as if you've still got to take it carefully for a bit. Must've been a rotten bug. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 15:23

Another gloriously sunny day. No wind, but was well below freezing this morning & not too warm even now.

I have put some washing out, but it wont dry much. There were 4 thrushes having a right old 'barny' in the surrounding trees when I was outside. I assume 3 males & 1 female from their antics. J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 14:51

Poor you Figrat. Am sure BJay said her head ended up really grotty too.

Geoff- thxs for the spelling I knew it was wrong but just couldnt get my brain around it......

Chris- I hope your OH is wearing/didwear some protective eyewear ie goggles? She says not doing so herself when crawling around/under shrubs at the w/end- but I do already wear spex.

Finally taken paracetamol. Interupted by Tesco arrivivng & trying to give me someone else's shop. Noooo, dont eat bacon......Still love the smell of it cooking though.

Back to unpacking etc. Oh & I havent yet sown a single seed this year! J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:41

BTW had to diswade (??) daughter from buying up Wilcos stock of fruit bushes earlier. No they wont like large tubs, which she would need & the compost etc. Can she wait until we've, me probably, sussed out a suitable site for them in the future? J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:39

I'm back. Just had peanut butter & rosehip jam on crusty bread- yummy.

Shall I take a painkiller or not? Was fine until had to sit & wait for over an hr at the GPs... Aching muscles have settled into nigling sciatica again.

Tesco due soon. Some washing just hanging out there- sun, but no wind. Need to find my Vanish bar to try & get a stubborn stain off one of daughter's curtains.

Right, off to get changed into cleaning/old clothes now. J.

Suggestions for planting in a sunny, boggy site.

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:38

Ooh, thxs folks. I'm drooling already. Have noted all your suggestions.

She may like a frittillary 'meadow' after seeing those in Oxford. The geums- yes Caz, they look so much better on a flood plain we know in Austria than in my patch.

It's early days yet. I doubt that the advice of leave a 'new' garden for 12mths will happen, but we'll try. J.



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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:17

Obviously destined not to read up on pruning!

I know Bjay. I spotted several slabs from where there was a greenhouse, some also leaning against the side fence down there too. Pallets, spare, next to the pallet-made compost bin. Bricks, bits of all sorts in the scrub. IME all gardeners keep all those odd bits for 'just in case' but since no shed at the mo, that could be a problem. The floor in the 'garage' is decidedly unsafe, so no chance of using that. J.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:11

Geoff, I do know that, honestly....mine come first! Energy levels not too bad this week, then another 'dose' & back to square one again. Still soon be over. J.


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