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Posted: 13/07/2014 at 11:59

You need to dead head it to stop it putting energy into hips and encourage more flowers to form.   Treated like this it should flower from June through to the frosts but if left to itself it will produce just the one flush of flowers and then concentrate on its hips and reproduction.

You could try snipping off all the stems with hips and giving it a liquid feed of rose or tomato food now to see if it will flower again this year.

What grass would you reccomend?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:42

Pleased you like it.  

geraniums and anenomes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:40

Funny isn't it?  I have deep, fertile, alkaline loam on a clay sub soil but I can't get Honorine Jobert to grow and the pink ones have taken years to establish and fill their space.   Can't grow Chinese lanterns either.

On the other hand, couch grass, nettles, creeping buttercup, fat hen, ground ivy, bindweed, thistles, dock and teasles are a constant nightmare and the pink geranium is following suit but not the more interesting ones I'd really like to spread about more freely.

Making a potting bench

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:26

Your design looks very creative and attractive.  Is it for indoors or outdoors?  I'm just wondering about how well it will stand up to rain and winter wet and cold.

I have long wanted a decent potting bench as the galvanised ones you get for greenhouses are just too small if, like me you're usually busy taking cuttings or dividing clumps for potting up as well as potting on seedlings.   I hit the junk shops and found a small table on a metal frame.   I've taken off the small top and put on a larger slab of marine ply covered in a plastic tablecloth.   

I found an old ceramic sink which I have put on a support under the outside tap so I can wash pots and also stand newly planted pots in it for a good soaking.    There's space to store my bags of grit and compost underneath the table and buckets under the sink.   All my spare pots are stashed on shelving from ex mini plastic greenhouses and now I have an organised work area out of the way at the back of the garage.

What grass would you reccomend?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:10

Molinia, also known as transparent grass as it has good basal clumps and then airy stems with the flowers and seeds -

I have bought this and other seeds of grasses and perennials from this supplier and been very happy with the results.

geraniums and anenomes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:05

I've been lifting and cleaning and clearing and refereeing my garden all this year following a forced, post-op absence of almost 2 years.   In that time, along with several nasty, pernicious weeds, my garden has been overun by a pink geranium that has spread and seeded itself about with gay abandon.   I've been digging them up since early spring and have potted some on to give to people who I know like pink or need some fast ground cover but there are limits and huge amounts have gone in the compost bins.

Whilst clearing the borders, clumps of any plant I want to jeep get bunged in buckets and troughs and any container I can find and can stay there for weeks sometimes while I dig over and clear the beds and then clean their roots.   I've had very few losses doing that.  

Where I haven't yet got other plants to replace the geraniums I've simply cut them back hard once the flowering is starting to fade and then they at least grow back healthy, fresh looking foliage so look better.   I will even get a second set of flowers to keep things looking good till the new babies get big enough to plant out in their place.

Japanese anemones aren't a problem here but I do find phlomis russelliana a bit too happy and either pot up for swaps or bung on the compost heap.   As long as you can keep things you do dig up sheltered from strong sun and adequately moist I find them very forgiving when needs must but the best time for lifting and dividing most plants is still spring and autumn.   

planting a holly tree in a pot?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 10:57

Yes.   But give it a decent sized pot and good quality compost and make sure you keep it fed and watered so its growth, through restricted, stays healthy.   You can also clip your holly to size and shape.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 10:55

I suggest then that you dig it all up and replant a bit in a  difficult corner where it will cope better than something that might struggle in poor light or poor soil.  That will help control its vigour a bit.   Bin the rest.

If you haven't a difficult corner, get a deep plastic pot as wide as you want it to grow, remove the bottom and bury it to its neck in the border.  Replant a bit of your lysimachia in that and it will keep it under control.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:47

I really dislike the yellow lysimachia but I like the white version - clethroides alba aka gooseneck - as it has pretty white flowers in a bent cone shape that resemble a goose's neck.  It's also vigorous but not as much of a thug as the yellow one and Fircracker has proved not at all invasive so far in my garden but there are better ways of getting the deep purple foliage without the nasty yellow flowers.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:43

A general food will also promote new growth which won't now have time to ripen and Harden before winter frosts so I would get bonemeal.

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