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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:26

Morning folks

Lovely and  sunny.  Not as hot as last week but very nice

(my dog moaning and hinting for a walk)

Yviestevie, hope your arm gets sorted quickly. Got loads of beans to pick.....been preoccupied, occupied and lazeeee lately so bit of a build up there.  

Have happy day everyone 

Can Cordylines be split?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 23:07

Bekkie,,suspect it was a phormium.  Whether you grew it from seed....!    Phormiums are tough to divide though but just pull apart.  

Advice for Spreading Plant

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:47

Saltski, no to,using fabric too.  

Autumn gold clippings?  Hackonechloa would be perfect.  Deciduous classy mound forming then cascading beautiful grass.  I like one plant per container.  Comvolvulous maritima is a gorgeous velvety blue cascading plant flowering all summer. Relatively hardy permanent easy plant looking good with those chippings.  Geranium rozanne is very vigorous ........fantastically so with flowers smothering it all summer. Best in the ground.  

Carex comans bronze is easy and beautiful and evergreen ....foxy red foliage like a wide fountain.  Again those chippings would match perfectly.  Likes dry soil.

Dying lupin

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:34

Yes mildew.  Cut everything back to ground level, clean up and mulch if you can.  Water if dry.  Cuttimg back will prevent all those tiny snails gorging on lupins right now.  Lupins look very tatty for a while after mid summer for a while.

Can Cordylines be split?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:28

You sure Bekkie?  Phormiums or cordylines?  Not been aware of splitting cordylines.  Sometimes 2 plants are growing together and it looks like you can divide the one plant  yet you are really separating 2 distinct plants

Re cordylines and new growth.  You can often select how you want your cordyline to be...3 stems, 4 ?  By removing buds at source. A cordyline cut down by frost or by pruning will result on multiple shoots.  It's how I control the size of my own by hard pruning every 5 or 6 years

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:21

Hi happycottontail.

Astramtias?  Doesn't really make too much difference how hard ??ou cut back for second flush.  if it's the type to rebloom,it will do so.  Incidentally, for the foliage variety Sunningdale vsriegated, I cut it completely down to the soil last week  amd already new fresh variegated leaves are appearing.  For me, usually most astrantias will send up second flushes of flowers but I cut back as soon as first flush is past it's best. I do this with most everything

Scabious?  Butterfly blue, pink mist....already cut back 4 weeks or so ago and flowerimg again.  Bonus is it helps against mildew too. I cut to remove all "woody" parts leaving soft leaves.  Good watering, feed too if you want to, and hey presto.

 

Veronica Tissington white - advice on looking after it

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:12

Tissington white is a slight problem plamt for me.  Lovely when in flower (next to purple berberis) but rather a flat not very exciting plant right now. Need to rethink their position I think.

Yew tree query

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:08

Fred, dark green, light green, yellow .....all different vsrieties of yew but nothing amiss.

Get back to the supplier amd explain he nas sent you two different vsrieties.  

What are some good plants for colour during winter?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:42

And the srems of the coloured dogwoods too......nice bark!  Bark?......I'll get my coat 

Japanese Anenomes

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:40

Honorine jobert, a white, is what I used to grow.  I think it may be less vigorous than pink ones, I don't know, but both are determined. 

I would dig deep amd thoroughly but concentrate first on the plant itself getting as much of that as possible.  Actually you may find many will be surface roots that. when soil is loose, can be gently pulled up.

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