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How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 20:49

Be patient. Let the plants mature and the old leaves die a bit more and they'll be easier to comb.

Native/traditional British plants for office plants?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:07

As we have said, British and northern European plants have evolved to cope with fresh air, plenty of rain in the main and gentle sun.  Mediterranean plants in general have evolved to cope with poor soil, bright sunlight and occasional downpours and strong winds.

House and office plants come from warmer climes that do not have frosts, are generally used to dappled or full shade provided by taller, stronger specimens, and can cope with the atmosphere in an office.  If you want something out of the ordnary, you'll have to pay for it from the wide range of suitable, foreign origin plants available but please, don't subject healthy, outdoor loving native plants to the stress and trauma of life in an artificially lit, dry, dusty office full of static and invisible chemicals oozed by office furniture, carpets and equipment. 

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:29

Normally carex don't get trimmed but you can comb them either with your hands - wearing gloves - or using a rake head.  This will pull out all the old stems leaving pride of place to the fresh new stems.    Any brown bits at the end of new stems are due to frost or cold winds after growth started and are no surprise given the weather we've had.   You can give it a gentle all over trim at the ends but not too far or you'll end up with funny looking blunt ends.  It should end up looking like a tatty beatnik mop head crossed with Doogle from the Magic Roundabout.

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:05

My robinia also looks very dead this year and I'm toying with either cutting it down or scrambling a rambler up it.  Just worried about having a healthy rambler and a crumbling support. 

The sensible thing would be to get OH to cut the frisia down and find somewhere else for a rambler.................

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:02

Nut - can you do me please?  Central Belgium, south of Brussels, so the I or U of Belgium on the map.   My link comes up in Flemish and won't change to English of French and I only do Flemish for restaurants and shopping..........

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:36

That's great QR.  If you treat your new clem well by planting it deep an dthen feeding it you shoul dget a first flush of single flowers in April and May followed by a flush of double flowers in June and July.   It doesn't need any pruning except, when it's older,  to keep it in bounds after flowering finishes and it should have lovely silky seedheads to add interest later in the season.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:24

Google info on a water scarecrow.   It's a system with sensors that squirts passing cats, foxes and herons so can be used to portect gardens and ponds.   You need to be careful to set it where the postie won't get sprayed and also to move the sensors regularly so the cats don't work out where they are and evade them.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:21

Keep it simple.  Cut it regularly when weather and time permit and keep it a decent length to allow it to grow strongly and thickly as this is what will keep weeds down.

Grass doesn't plan.  It just grows when there's enough warmth and moisture so, as with all things gardening, go with the flow of the weather and seasons rather than a set prescription and timetable.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 11:01

Don't cut th egrass too short or in a drought period.  This weakens the plants and thus the roots and good grass stems grow from healthy roots.

Clematis problem

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 10:59

Did you plant them deeper than they were in the pot?  This helps them produce more shoots from down below.  However, some clematis take a year or two to settle in and get going even after deep planting and they may well produce many more stems in coming years, especially if you feed  them well every spring.  Clematis are hungry plants.

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