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Posted: 22/07/2015 at 08:29

It is an incredible blue if grown in the right conditions and as you have suggested I have been looking at alternative areas and I will do further tests in the meantime.

Thanks again



Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:49

Thanks Lyn the plant is only about 45ms in height and this is probably its first year flowering so there shouldn't be much of a rootball yet. I'll wait until the flowers have past and then move it carefully.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:00

This one was in the garden when moved here 2 years ago and by that time it had completely covered an area 3.5m x3.5m and was about 1m in height.  I hope I am winning the battke against it and maybe someday I will buy another but not an orange one!!


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:52

I recently bought a beautiful blue Hydrangea called Enziadom but although I have lots of acid loving plants the soil is obviously not acidic enough and  now I have very pretty pink flowers. I have decided to replant into a pot but I'm not sure when the best time would be to attempt this and what pot size would be needed.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:40

A further update on my orange Alstromeria.

I lifted the polythene at the end of April 2015 and there were a few pieces around but nothing much. I went out every dry day and zapped any new shoots with glyphosate and I could gradually see an improvement.The ground was becoming quite compacted so at the end of June I dug it over thoroughly and was pleasantly surprised to find only a handful of white shoots..So far today on 15/7 I have seen no new growth. Fingers crossed time again. I will watch the area carefully until next spring and see what happens.

Pruning advice

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:03

Thanks. It will take some time but I feel I have to do it this year. I still have the picture on the sale brochure and I cannot believe how much it has grown since July 2012.

Pruning advice

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:22

I have inherited a large hebe in my new garden. The plant is about 2m wide and 1.5m high. Last year the plant was trailing on the ground and I raised the growth to about 60cms from ground level. I would now like to reduce the width and height and I am unsure how far I can cut into the plant. I would hate to lose it as the birds love to hide in the plant. I know I should wait until after flowering. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:37

The miscanthus varieties look fantastic and some of them are reasonably compact which is good for me. I am off to visit a plant centre next week to see what is available.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:12

Many thanks again. I need to look closely at all these different options which I wasn't aware were available. I like the idea of 5' of growth in one year as this would suit my project very well.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 08:23

Thanks for the replies. The reason I thought of this grass is because I wanted some form of soft screening around a seating area but it sounds like it would not be a successful long term option. Back to the drawing board.

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