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Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:16

I take it you mean pelargoniums which are not hardy.   Yes, you can take cuttings now and keep them frost free over winter.  Use a free draining compost so they don't rot.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:41

Pleased it helped.   Have fun with the drawings and execution of your plan.  Let us know how you get on.

Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:26

I find this plant very easy and forgiving and have just this week divided and replanted a clump I needed to move as part of a rescue end renovation plan for one of my beds.   If you get it done quickly while the soil is still warm it should be fine.

Raised Garden Bed

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:24

Definitely the compost and some bonemeal - promotes root growth and plant health - if you intend planting this autumn but save the fish and blood for next spring when you need to be feeding for foliage and flowers too.

However, if it's for a wild garden or wildflowers, no feed at all as they generally prefer unfertilised soils but some well rotted garden compost will help condition the soil and add beneficial microbes which will help your plants and biodiversity.

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:10

Clever Nut!   It's lovely but not for me as it needs neutral to acid soil and mine is definitely alkaline.  Pity, as it certainly seems hardy enough for my garden.

The RHS has this - 

Gardening in the shade

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:07

I googled Garden+shade+books and got this list - 

The RHS website has advice on planting in shade and you can also use it to search for plants that do well in shade or require it to do well.

Japanese anemone - insect hosts

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:53

Just bee out to check and there are several different buzzy things visiting the patch in the sun but none in the shady and windier patch by the house.  I daresay they'll get there if the winds calm down.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:50

I can't really help you design your garden but here are photos of mine form 10 years ago when we'd not been at it for long.   You can see the developing garden and the surrounding countryside to put it in context.  Hope it helps formulate ideas for you -

Here it is now, filled out and with windbreak fabric on the north and north west border to counteract increasingly stormy and destructive winds - 

Where to buy native plants/seeds?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 10:28

Cosmos may not be hosts for larvae but I've seen loads of adult insects on mine looking for nectar and pollen.   I'm not too fussed about them as plants and only use annuals as colourful fillers but OH loves them so it' s a win-win plant in our garden..


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 10:22

What kind of hydrangea and are they in the ground or in pots?   In my experience they are much hardier than phormiums so maybe you got the moisture levels wrong.

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