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How to tame a Hollyhock!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:42

I love hollyhocks, they remind me of mu childhood - sorry to all you who think they are weeds.  In my limited experience although they are perennial, the best way to keep them year on year is by letting them self seed, and they are often different colours as well.   I just leave the flowers to dry our and then shake the seeds where I want them.   They do grow prolifically but I just pull up the ones I don't want. 

 

 

council recycled compost

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:48

I feel a trip to B & Q coming on - will try this a see what happens.,  Thanks Rio Knight

council recycled compost

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 18:51

I have followed this thread, as I did last year on compost.  I used JAB year before last and from late last year to now have a wonderful selection of new weeds growing, which I am sure came from that batch.  Last year I tried the garden centres own brand, less weeds but no real good results, so this year I am trying Levington's  So far so good, but who knows.   

I use mine for seedlings, potting on and for mulching, as well as digging into my wonderful (solid) clay soil along with grit, when I plant anything new, so do manage to get through a reasonable amount.

Sadly like Andy the Scientist I can't find New Horizon anywhere locally and to buy online usually means large quantities, then I have the problem of storage and OH is less than enthusiastic about piles of bags of compost everywhere!

 

  

 

 

yryinc,  This U dud  

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 18:41

Have cut mine down again this year, not taken cuttings as I have lots of others that I have taken from other plants and shrubs - probably getting carried away, but hey ho.   I hope I get another good display this year and plan to put some more new ones in alongside to get a mix of colours.

 

 

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 13:24

Thanks Verdun, they are still just little cuttings with shoots, but I will keep them growing on as you suggest.  Would it be better to keep them like this until next spring, rather than planting out in the autumn?   

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:50

It is now mid March ad I have eleven hardwood cuttings with leaves and shoots on them so am delighted that I will not lose my plant.  The layering dfid not work, or not so far, but given all the rain I am not surprised.    My only problem now is where do I put 11 new shrubs!!!   What a lovely problem to have and II feel lots of giveaway plants in the making.

Thanks everyone for the advice and information,I would not have had the confidence to try this without your encouragement. 

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Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:43

This is really useful for me as I have bought a bare root Prunus  Amanagawa a couple of months ago.   I have it in a pot at present, but it is growing apace.  I had also planned to keep it in a pot for a couple of years until it was established enough to go out in the garden, if I do this what sort of soil do I need - anything special.   

 

Thanks for any advice

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 09:00

That sounds like a good plan Verdun.  Can probably manage that now, as I have a couple of branches that are bent down towards the soil anyway.  

Many thanks

 

Crosmosia

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 08:58

Thaks Verdun, it would seem I wait too late to stake mine, so will try earlier in the year.  I also take out foliage as well as flower stems, but only late in the autumn.  

Thanks for all you advice, will try you suggestions and hope I don't kill too much. 

 

Crosmosia

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:58

Thanks again everyone, I will split as soon as the weather allows digging without a lifebelt!.

Looking forward to seeing what I can achieve next summer with these.  Incidentally do you normally stake them, mine seem to topple, but wonder now if that is because the corms are growing nearer the surface as I haven't done anything to them for the five or so years we have been here. 

 

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