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How to prune hydrangea peniculata?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 16:49

I've had both Limelight and Grandiflora in containers for a number of years now and they flower beautifully. I cut them right back to within 30cm or so. But toward the end of the month rather than now. Good luck.

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Big Dreams Small Spaces 2017

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 12:43

I'd so much rather have Beechgrove than Gardeners World but I watch them both.

Big Dreams Small Spaces 2017

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 06:09

A-Z of gardening 06.00 hrs Sunday mornings BBC2  Around the world in 40 gardens BBC2 Sunday morning 07.15 hrs.Both repeats but worth watching if you've not seen them before. 

Big Dreams Small Spaces 2017

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 19:57

Don't forget, Gardeners World starts this friday 10th March on BBC2.

Plant cuttings

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 12:59

If you took them last spring then there would'nt be anything benificial in that pot for them. I'd lift them, keeping the soil around the roots which may be small, and either plant them out somewhere or pot them into fresh compost. Good luck and well done.

Look up!

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 20:28

Yes I saw them yesterday and the evening before as well. I do like to see Venus, so bright and lovely. Here, the moon is'nt visible for long at the moment.

Ment to say, well caught on the camera, lovely pic AuntyRach.

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Coffee husks

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 18:41

I've used used coffee grounds, is that what you mean by husks? I had to fork them into the soil a bit otherwise they went mouldy.  Some folk say they help keep the slugs and snails away and maybe they do a bit, that's why I used them and I put some around specific plants, kind of defeats that purpose a bit if it has to be dug in 'tho I did have moderate success. I also used crushed egg shells for the same reason. 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 07:31
Judojub says:

Very informative thread this one. I am going to attempt to overwinter my dahlia this year. I have watched numerous instruction videos on it so hope I will be successful! The only thing I am not sure about is actually separating the tubers. Even after watching the videos I struggled to identify the 'eyes'. Would it be better for me to do this next spring when (and more importantly if) I can get new shoots to appear? ( assuming I don't do something drastically wrong and kill them that is).  

Any idiot proof advice for me would be fab!

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The "eyes" are where the stalks come out of the tuber. Easy to see at this time of year and when i cut mine back and lift to store over winter, I leave about 5 or 10cm of stalk so I can see more clearly where they will sprout from in springtime or late winter. I only ever divided my tuber once, years ago and at that time, after bringing it out of storage in feb, the eyes had sprouted again and it was easy enough to see where to divide them. I think it was successful but unless the tuber is really really big, then I would'nt do it. Hope this helps.


What to plant in a difficult site.

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:33

You could grow lots of spring bulbs in there and if you plant the right ones, they'll take you right through to June. They don't mind the shade at all. Also how about Bergenia there are some lovely ones and Ajuga also go for some Digitalis, the slugs do lilke them but once they get going, they're grand. You could start them off in pots maybe. I definately would'nt grow grass on it, it looks like a great spot you have there and the edging is lovely. Good luck, let us know how it goes. 

Cosmos xanthos

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:27

I grew Xanthos this year as well and have been delighted with it Verdun. Lots of lovely flowers, it was the 1st of my Cosmos to flower but it has gone over while Sensation and others that I can't remember the names of, are all still growing well.

I will grow it again next year and perhaps sow some later to take over when the 1st lot go over.... we'll see, often I run out of space to start the seedlings off, despite having a gh and perspex roof on my yard and now access to the poly tunnel at the allotment. 

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