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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 15:32

Well I do plan for 1 portion to go into the middle of a side bed to, hopefully, obscure next doors' swing seat/small patio. A 2cnd bit to the back of what will become next yrs veg plot- assuming I can deal with the roots remaining from the fruit bushes that I had to cut down- dont ask. And now that 3rd bit apparently has to stay in the 2cnd veg plot- hmm, I can feel a Chelsea chop session happening next spring to reduce the overall height of that clump! Corgettes will be in that bed so no problem, she says. J.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 15:20

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', sorry no pic. It's HUGE & has been flowering non stop for weeks. Covered in bees, weather permitting, no chance today

I want to split it & move the whole, as the back edge of my raised veg bed, yep not the ideal spot but just put it there couple of yrs ago as needed somewhere quick! OH has forbidden me to move all of it as it does make a wonderful sight. Drat, it also obscures/shades part of the  bottom patio where I like to sit out late afternoons. Oh well, hope to get 3 lots from it when I do brave splitting it. J.


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:10

IME if you look carefully around near/sometimes not so near (!) the plant you should find several 'babies', from previous yrs self-sown seeds. Ok the foliage is very similar to that of Aquilegias if you also have those, but you should be able to identify the thalictrums. They pot up & transplant very well in spring/autumn. J.

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:04

IME thyme dislikes to be shaded by any other plant, so a separate pot  for each may be an answer.

Gritty, poorish MP compost, NOT a substantial one like JI3, would be best for herbs. Dont forget to wrap the pot for the winter, the roots mustnt freeze. Also stand the pot on 'feet' to help keep the drainage. Full sun position, if possible.

I must admit that everytime I've tried sage in a pot it ends up 'unhappy' despite my best efforts with compost quality & drainage, sun etc. I did however put a sage plant into a sunnyish spot in very shallow soil, barely 6'' in depth, overlying the brick sub-straight (i think that's what you'd call it) at the patio edge. The plant is huge & obviously very happy, despite the previous 2 cold winters. The poor thyme however, in an adjacent patio crack, is completely swamped by the sage, so cuttings of it are now in the coldframe! J.

Dicentra Care

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:24

Dicentras naturally die back over the summer, having flowered in spring.

I just leave mine alone, but it is adviseable to make sure that you have a marker in place so that later in the year you dont 'spike' through it with a fork/spade. J.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 12:38

A lot of posters obviously sneak onto the forum when at work Zoomer, unlike yourself. So evenings are quieter.

I was wondering about Frank too...... J.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 12:30

If they are planted in 1. too much shade they will not flower well, or 2. too rich/good a soil they will grow bigger but at the expense of flowers. Treat them mean, dont feed, they'll eventually do their thing. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 12:26

WManchester- sun just disappearing.... It rained last evening, just as had watered the patio pots & vegs! Rained most of the night too.

About 18C now & am going to do the ironing, J.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:40

I'd be inclined to cut things back if they are obviously 'past it'. They may well restart again, ok only to die back as per normal when the autumn comes, but at least you will have removed the risk of infection etc from rotting material.

Next spring you may find that some of the plants dont regrow, as they were relatively newly planted. It's sad, but gives you a fresh chance to replant with new ones. Try & stick to 'right plant, right place', use small ones as they establish better & cost less too.

Next year, when the soil is moist after the winter rains, apply a good layer of mulch around your flower beds & the plants should then cope better with a prolonged dry spell in the following summer. J.

Shade and dry loving plants

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:30

I agree, Vincas, Lamiums, Epimediums & the ground cover G.Macrorhizum all should cope. A small leaved varigated ivy too.

Whatever you decide to use, when planting dig a small 'pocket' in the soil, water it, then add some nice compost before you plant. Keep any new plantings well watered even in wet weather, as the tree canopy will not necessarily allow that much moisture to percolate down to the ground.

Small bulbs such as cyclamen & Erythroniums would also cope quite well. Both die back as the canopy closes over in late Spring. J.

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