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Iris Sibirica

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 11:19

In that case they are probably congested and need lifting and dividing to re-invigorate them.

You can do this from mid summer to early autumn while they're still green but you must water them thoroughly first and leave them to soak it up before you dig up teh clumps.  Then you can split them with a spade and replant them in well prepared soil containing lots of well rotted garden compost and/or manure to feed them and help retain moisture.  I would chuck in a couple of handsful of pelleted chicken manure too.

Once re-planted, they will need monitoring and regular watering until established, established if you do it sooner rather than later. 

Iris Sibirica

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 09:25

My pleasure.  I have some of these myself and love the rich colours of the flowers.

Iris Sibirica

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 08:49

Iris sibirica do well in full sun or partial shade but they need moisture at their roots. 

The maple will be providing huge competition for food and water, especially during this heatwave, so water them throughly and then, in autumn when the foliage dies back, consider either moving them or giving them a very thorough mulch of garden compost and well rotted manure to retain moisture and again next spring.

Alliums with Agapanthus?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:54

I would plant a contrasting leaf and flower form which allows the alliums to show of ftheir tall spikes and purple flower balls followed by the seed heads.  I have alliums coming up through hardy geraniums, hostas and pulmonaria in different bits of the garden.  

They'd look great with geums too so that's the plan for next year.  I love alliums and nectaroscordums and add more each year.

How do you keep geranium sanguineum flowering

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 10:08

I just leave my macrorhizums and occasionally dig up bits to give away or plant elsewhere as it's so good for difficult spots such as dry shade.

I cut back all the geranium phaeums and a load of un-named pink ones at teh end of June and they've already grown healthy new foliage.  Plenty more to do this week before teh rain starts agai at teh end of teh week.  They'll be looking good again by mid August.

How do you keep geranium sanguineum flowering

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:33

Once their first flush of flowers is over, most hardy geraniums can be cut back hard, foliage too, and then watered and given a bit of food - blood fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  In about 3 weeks time you'll have a completely refreshed plant with new lush foliage and flower buds forming.

I do this with all of mine except the macrorhizums.

 

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:30

I have made redcurrant jelly with marjoram and strawberry jam.  I have spiced blackcurrant jelly on the go with more fruits to be picked tomorrow and probably frozen for winter crumbles.

OH has just harvested the last of the rhubarb for me to make chutney and I have chillies ripening to freeze, dry and make chilli jam. 

Autumn raspberries, tayberries and damsons still to come plus crab apples.

Red Robins turning green?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 11:22

It's normal.  The new foliage starts red and eventually turns green.   If you trim them a bit they will put on fresh red foliage which is why this plant makes such an interesting hedge.

Talkback: How to cut back ornamental grasses

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 19:39

Good point about dates.  For anyone who doesn't know, ornamental grasses - except groups like Carex which only need raking through to remove dead growth - should be cut back in late winter/early spring before the new growth starts to come through but after serious frosts and snow have gone so Feb/March depending on region and weather.

Broccoli

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 19:36

The flowers are much less compact than green broccoli and the stems are more tender so do pick the heads now before they open and turn yellow.  In future, pick them younger.  They'll keep on cropping.

Mine have just produced their first edible heads which is earlier than usual but I planted mine earlier on purpose so I'd get crops before they get frozen to death in winter.  Haven't managed to over winter any winter brassicas for the last 6 years it's been so cold here.

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