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plant suggestions

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 16:56

My pleasure.  Good luck and happy planting.

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 16:51

Taking cuttings now is excellent advice but I've moved black and red currants in autumn, when dormant, and not lost any and I get nasty winters.

plant suggestions

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 15:28

Crocosmias grow from a corm which is bulb like but generally speaking all of them are perennials more usually sold in pots.    They're all available in good garden centres and general nurseries.  Just dunk the pots in a bucket or water till no more bubbles appear and then plant at teh same depthe as tehy were in the pot.  If the roots look congested and tight, loosen them with your fingers before planting as this encourages them to spread out in to the soil and seek nutrients.  Water well after planting. 

They can all be left in the ground over winter.  You just cut off the dead top growth next spring, feed with a  general fertiliser and they'll grow and flower in due course..


Posted: 11/09/2012 at 15:23

As wood chips decompose they consume nitrogen from teh soil on which they're laid but not in sufficient compost to cause serious depletions if your plants are healthy.  You can compensate, if desired, by scattering pelleted chicken manure round the plants before laying the chippings as a mulch.

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 15:20

They're best moved as they go dormant up top so just after leaf fall.  That gives them all winter to get their roots re-established.  

Water the plant well an hour before you wish to dig it up an dtake as much of its root ball and soil as you can but trim off an long straggly roots that will have difficulty fitting into the pot.  Add a bit of bonemeal or root grow to the compost when filling the pot and water well then keep shelterd over the winter and don't let the pot freeze as this will kille the roots and thus the plant.

Dig over your bed when you can and then replant the blackcurrant with all the compost from the pot next spring.  This way you'll reduce damage to the new fibrous and hair roots it will have grown and should have decent crops.   Keep watered for the first year.


A double thats gone single

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 07:09

What variety is it?  Clematis don't revert but many of the large early flowering hybrids with double flowers produce a later second flush of single flowers.

Try feeding it in early spring and at intervals to the first set of flowers with a proper clematis feed or rose or tomato fertiliser as these all promote better flowering.

plant suggestions

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 07:06

Not to mention the ravages of the  ghastly lily beetle which can make them look so unsightly.

Help me identify this flower

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 15:37

It would be easier if we could see the leaves as well.  Can you post a nother photo?

Talkback: Gardening by the moon

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 11:33

Don't be daft!   It isn't gardening by moonlight!

It's gardening according to the phases of the moon.  The simplest is simply the waxing phase for planting things that do their stuff above ground - leaves, flowers and fruit - and the waning for plants whose roots are of interest so taking cuttings and divisions and sowing or planting root veg.

Then there's the more complicated version using the relative position of the moon in the sky from one night to the next.  When it's rising, plant or sow above ground plants.  When it's descending, rooty stuff.

And finally the bio-rythmic version which takes into account the moon's passage through the zodiac - Air signs for flowers, Earth signs for roots, Fire signs for fruits and Water signs for foliage.  This version also has best days for harvesting crops for keeping.

There are also days when it's best just to do garden maintenance and not sow, plant or harvest anything and days when it's best to go out and have fun or read a catalogue.






plant suggestions

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 11:20

There are far too many possibilities to list them all but if you want to stay in the warm gladioli colour range, look at crocosmias, hemerocallis, echinaceas, achilleas and euphorbias - all hardy.

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