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Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:29

Thanks for the responses.  Nutcutlet - Yup it is definitely too bit for the space it is in, but I would like to move it and let what is there have room to grow, rather than losing it altogether.  When it is in flower it is lovely.  Would it be happy in partial shade?  

Thanks Verdun for the suggestion about hardwood cuttings, are they the same as for roses where you put them in a trench and leave them?    I would like to take cuttings then if I move it and it dies I might have something left.  When would be best time to do hardwood cuttings and should I do them in pots? You can tell I am very green about cuttings!  Thanks for all the help.







Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:20

Well thank you all for such a quick response.  So glad I can keep my Crocosmsia and contain them.  I will divide and take out the old bulbs and hopefully get more flowers next year.   Thanks for the tip about watering higgy50, but I don't think that is a problem at the moment.   Sandranne I am in Sussex, where is it still wet, but quite warm, so most of my spring bulbs are showing, now.   

Thanks again everyone for your help and advice. 



Posted: 02/01/2014 at 15:16

Have some beautiful red Crosmosia.  Now I know some people think they are weeds, but I love them.  Problem is there are getting very thick.. Can I divide them like other perennials, and if so when would you suggest I do this.  I can just cut down last years growth, as the birds like to hide in them, and the new shots are already showing through.  I assume dividing will also encourage more flowers, is that right?

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 15:14

I have a Physocarpus Diablo which is outgrowing the space it is in.  It is in a border and I would like to move it, but wonder whether trying to dig it up will just kill it.  Any suggestions on moving it or else how could I take some cuttings, perhaps soft wood cuttings.  I usually cut it back after flowering, but it does not seem to like this, as it just rampages through the rest of the summer.   If it is not 'dealt' with, I am sure it will be consigned to the composter and that would be a shame, but it is smothering everything else around it.   Help please.

Conifer problem

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 15:10

Had similar problems with my conifers over the last year.   Thought it was a disease, but a lovely rep from the Forestry Commission came and said it was because they were planted too closely together.  Had about 12 in an area 35 ft by 10ft.  So have had about eight removed, including some that so that were waving as good as any palms.  Hope the remaining few will responde although they are still quite sparse up to about 25ft, they are probably some 40ft in height.   If not, they will probably all have to come out and I will have the joy of starting again to plany a really exciting forest area!!

Conifers do die out from the centre and with trees they often look very sad and shabby.  Guess it is all that fast growth!


What to do with broken fence panels?

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 08:30

No we have a shredder which we use for all sorts of things, and it helps with getting rid of things that don't do in the composter.  Means we get far more in both our composter and the garden waste bin.  

japanese beetle

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 12:09

Ok I get ways to get rid of them, but what do they do, apart from eat your roses?

Sickly Camellia

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 11:56

My camillia was very poorly a couple of years ago, but constant feeding with a specific feed for ericacious (I can';t spell it either) plants, azaleas and camillias and gallons of water in the summer seems to have brought it back to life.  |It looked healthy this year but only a few flowers, but now it is covered with buds.  It lives next to a confer which shades it from the morning sun, I also deadhead very regularly when it does have flowers.


Good luck

What to do with broken fence panels?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 11:38

When we ended up with fence panels after a recent storm we shredded them and used them to cover a soil path through the bottom of the garden.  They chiped into pieces about 1inch square and gave a nice firm base to what had been a muddy path.

Just a thought.  


Posted: 31/10/2013 at 11:36

Last weekends storm helped a lot!!!  The fence is now at half mast and need repairing so we are using this as a chance to get the trees out as we back onto a nature walk, albeit with a 20ft drop, but at least they can get to the end of the garden from there.  The trees have conttributed to the damage to the fence, so will probably take out about six, this will still leave quite a number, but give some space to introduce something else. I shall probably be asking for ideas soon.  

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