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If we were invited to fidgets wedding on Saturday

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:38

No hat is safe with me.  I don't like them and they don't like me.

Talkback: How to lift and divide hemerocallis

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:38

They do indeed benefit from regular lifting and dividing and you should have plenty of spares either to bulk up your stock or swap with friends or sell at a car boot or maybe a charity sale.  

I love them and have them in dry spots, damp spots, sunny spots and shady spots.  They all seem to do well.

Need to watch out for slugs as they emerge in spring but are otherwise trouble free.

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 11:58

Better to plant it out in the borders if you can.

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 10:16

It is clearly happy in your shady white border so do make sure it gets similar shade if you move it.   They usually like full sun or partial shade so maybe yours is pale because it's in shade but it may also be a new form.

It is unlikely to come true from its own seed but it's worth trying.   Best to nurture it and try and propagate from softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:20

No such thing as a finished garden if you're a gardener and not someone who wants an outside room they just need to "dust and vac" to keep neat.   There are always new plants you want to try, new features, changes to planting, a bit more lawn to nick and plant up, walls to cover, pots to fill and so on, not to mention changes of taste and budget as you mature.

Pruning blackcurrant bushes?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 22:48

My bushes include 2 over 20 years old and the other 5 are their babies form cuttings. proper English blackcurrants and no virus or other problems and all producing bumper crops year after year.

.I think you could try renovating yours but, if you have room, plant a new one just in case - and prune and feed it appropriately every year.

Pruning blackcurrant bushes?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:33

I normally prune by cutting out the fruited stems to make picking the fruit easier and this produces a natural renewal cycle.   However that clearly won't work in your case.

I suggest you wait till all the leaves have dropped and then take a careful look and cut out, as low as possible, any broken or damaged stems as well as any that cross others and rub against them.   Then take out a third of the remaining stems to make n open, goblet shape if possible.   This will allow air to circulate and rain to penetrate for a healthier shrub.

Come spring, give it a generous handful of blood, fish and bone lightly forked in around the roots and a couple of liquid feeds of tomato food to encourage fruit and flowers. 

This should produce flowers and fruit next year..

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:27

Winter hanging baskets done with cyclamens, variegated ivy and an unidentified ornamental grass with tubular leaves.   Some other stuff potted up for swaps, mainly large, double orange hemerocallis brought by my garden guru who is having a clear out at home and some anchusas from my garden.

Have moved new roses I'm keeping in pots for the first year to the front where they will get more sun and warmth until it's time for them to go into shelter and a about to cut the grass.

Lots of standing and pondering too - about shrubs and bulbs.



Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:29

Thanks.  I have a bog standard lilac out the front that does well - surviving root stock of a white grafted one that failed - but hadn't thought of trying another fancy one.   


Posted: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

My favourite autumn plant fair is on this weekend - Aywiers at Lasne for anyone in Belgium - and I am intent on some top class HRT.

I'm looking for 2 or 3 shrubs to fill a 3m x 1.5m bed in full sun on all sides but shaded to the south by a 6' trellis covered in clematis in summer.   It's exposed to nasty east winds in winter but I will be putting up some windbreak fabric to reduce the impact.

They need to be hardy and not evergreen as they get killed in a very hard winter.  I already have several hydrangea pyracantha, hibiscus, several cornus, sambucus, weigelias, buddleia, philadelphus, deutzia, deciduous viburnum.

The soil is fertile loam over a clay subsoil and is alkaline.  Usual temp range is -15C to +34C but we can get much colder - enough to kill off evergreen viburnums, eleagnus, choisya, some conifers....

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