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Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:48

Im after some pruning advice please for my Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'. So far ive never pruned mine as im not sure how.

Ive read that is falls into pruning group 3, and needs a third of its stems cutting down to ground level each year. But when is the best time of the year to do this? Should it be done late spring after flowering to allow new growth this year?

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:50

They look great Wintersong. So do the crowns/rosettes only grow to a certain size? And do they spread by growing babies at the sides?

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:55

Thanks everyone. Nice photo lilylouise

I popped to my local garden centre today and they had them on offer, 7 for £10, so I bought 7 .

How large do they spread? And how quickly do they spread? I have 4 planters that Im going to put them in, each planter is about 12" x 12" square. Sould I just put a couple in each and see what happens, or should I cram more in?


Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:40

Wintersongs photo (below) has inspired me to grow some Sempervivum succulents. Can anyone please recommend an online supplier of these plants? Id like to grow them in my grey slate pots on the patio as I think they would contrast well, but I need to read up on how to look after them also.


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What to do!!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:41
figrat wrote (see)

Some focal points just don't really work, do they?

Your right. After reshaping the lawn it gave me some much deeper borders to plant out. I bought quite a lot of small foxglove & lupin plants quite cheap from a DIY store which helped to fill the borders cheaply.

After the changes its now a much nicer place to sit out in. Heres a photo taken from the same spot as the one above...


Garden Gallery

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:30

Wintersong wrote (see

Nice photos wintersong, whats the name of this plant please?

So, here's what got me out in  the rain today:

What to do!!

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 23:04

Alina W is right, reshaping the lawn with curves makes a big difference. I did this to my lawn a few days after moving into our current house.

Heres a photo of how it looked the day we moved in...

And how it looked a few days later...

 And the following year...

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 21:40

Fair point, how about galvanised steel mesh? Seems there isnt really a perfect solution?

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:21

I need it to support the weight of a child if they fell into the pond. Ive seen a plastic grid system thats available but requires support in the middle of the pond. I may have to suspend the metal grid over the ponds water surface, but ideally submerging it would be better to hide it from view.

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