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Hydrangea options

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:42


....A  couple of things first.  

hydrangeas can be absolutely superb when given conditions they need, viz., good moist soil and some sort of shade.  Too often they look terrible sidelined to full sun, poor soil, unpruned or over pruned.  And wrong varieties planted

can you provide these conditions?  If not no matter what varieties you choose they will still be "rubbish".  For a pink variety you need alkaline soil.

Erysimum Bowles Mauve

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:35

Indeedy Hollie 

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:33

Why Jo?

presentable, fresh ideas, knowledgeable.  He has worked on a shoestring for most of his progs.  As far as Im aware this is his first to others on their first efforts.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:54

Just  seen the last of my recordings of The Instant Gardener.  excellent series.

i have enjoyed all the programmes and Danny Clarke is a breath of fresh air.  Hope he gets another series and is featured in other garden programme.  Perhaps presenting GW with Monty.....?


look wot she did to me........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:58

Thank you very, very much ............



.....fingers crossed!

Erysimum Bowles Mauve

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:14

I assume you mean a dahlia Jo?  Sounds like a yellow variety with purple foliage? 

Re bowles mauve, the year old plants have better healthier foliage and more flowers than older plants.  

border plants to plant now

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:10

Man in a shed

next month the garden centres will have bare root wallflowers.  They will grow quickly to,provide plenty of green foliage and then flowers in spring.  Some daffodils too.

in early spring the garden centres sell small,perennials in 9 cm pots in a large range of  varieties.  Pot them up and grow them on to plant out when the wallflowers go over.

look wot she did to me........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:05

I did say sorry Fairy.  Wont do it again 

Best way to remove

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:42

I think privet wont be too hard to remove carol.

I have dug up aeveral including a hedge.  Cut much of the tops off but leave 3 or 4' of wood to lever with.  A trench around each plant and a combination of,levering and further under digging will do the trick.  Can be hard work but a good cool weather task.

agree about the tools....a crowbar is useful too.  Sawing through roots or using secateurs helps release the plants.  

A thorough digging over the soil afterwards to remove any remaining roots and to incorporate plenty of compost will create a perfect soil for re planting

look wot she did to me........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:32

Hope they dont roast me Jo 

thanks Susan.........past its best now I think 

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