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Phlomis Russeliana

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:45

It feeds feeding and sunlight to flower well.  As for the old woody growth, just pull or snip it off leaving behind healthy leaves.   I found mine very happy to spread so you can afford to remove as much as you need as long as you leave some healthy fresh foliage to feed the roots and make new flowers.

You can also lift and divide if you wish to give some away ro swap or just get rid of the excess.


Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:08

Cornwall should be fine but do think about access for livestock.  

I planted a lovely rpickly holly hedge along 19 metres of a boundary between my last garden and cow pasture.  I could never understand why it was growing so short and fat until I spotted a whole row of cows leaning over the barbed wire fence to eat the tender shoots one spring.  We erected some of that metal builders' mesh for reinforcing concrete , cutting it to 1m50 and in the following years my hedge put on several feet in height and a lot less girth.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:02

Coffee for me but would really love a biccy, Dove.    We're giving the French dishwasher the boot if you need to borrow it.

I have painted the wall opposite the window in the kitchen.   Fingers crossed it dries well and doesn't need a 3rd coat cos the chalky blue on the L does.  Bums.  Could have done it this pm but decided to go and cut the grass at the front and thus save the crocuses and cyclamen.  

To my great delight, the tatty shrub that has been sprouting fat fluffy looking leaf shoots has grown on and is looking like it might be a tree peony.  Never managed to keep one of those thru a Belgian winter so fingers crossed it is.

Must clear up and clean the dining room/camping kitchen and then get a shower before dinner.

Well done to all who've managed some gardening today.  It does perk up the spirits doesn't it?

Moving plants when I move

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:24

Olive tree fine in a pot and the young roses and clematis too.  For the older rose it should be OK as it's only been there a year but I would take cuttings just in case.  The willow will strike so easily from cuttings that I'd do that and start a new fedge;

I moved last October and put new roses and clems bought last spring in pots to bring with me and took up one or two others that were easy to lift.  I also made divisions of hostas and other perennials to get me started here taking plants with special associations with people or events plus 20 sall pots of snowdrops and a few acres and other shrubs I had  in pots.  We needed a whole trailer for my plants........

Last edited: 11 March 2017 15:24:47

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:18

I remember when Delia did her Ho to Cook series and the first one was on eggs.  Shops sold out of a particular omelette pan the next day.

With GW it's more of a problem if people buy plats that won't suit their conditions or which will otherwise prove unsuitable so I do think he could and should be more clear sometimes about the needs of plants he's using.  It's all very well saying Right Plant Right Place but too many beginners and others haven't a clue and just assume stuff will grow.   Caveat emptor I suppose but his advice is sometimes iffy and there are too many projects where we get no follow up.

Filling container pots with herbs

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 11:31

Herbs in a pot?  Yes as long as you mix sun lovers together or shade lovers.

Willow in a pot?  No.  It will die of thirst or starvation as they are vigorous growers and like to send their roots deep in search of water.   Even those pretty pink and cream Japanese ones want to grow huge so will need constant pruning.  A Kilmarnock will shade out anything below.

pet companions

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 11:24

Our soppy lump has finally overcome his fears of kittens and spent yesterday playing in the garden with Cosmos.  Here he is this morning with both.

Rasta is now displaying jealousy so lots of cuddles and play needed all round.

Last edited: 11 March 2017 11:25:27

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 10:57

I had some black and very deep purple hellebores in Belgium and I'm afraid they just disappeared into the background so would only work for me in pots and nearer eye level.  The creams, red, pinks, lighter purples and speckles all showed up so I didn't have to go out in the inevitable rain and cold to enjoy and admire.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 10:49

Very pleased to see the box balls have finally gone along with some of the hedging and trees.   The box has been dreadful since his first programme from there and I found all those trees and hedges quite oppressive.

Loved those colourful long borders and Beth Chatto is an inspiration.  Lang may her lum reek.

That clematis might also be Gipsy Queen.


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 22:26

According to a rural NZ site it is highly palatable to livestock so I would worry more about your hedge than the horses in the meadow as they may strip it bare.  It is hardy down to -10C so that should also be a consideration depending on your winters.


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