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Posted: 23/09/2015 at 13:04

Pleasant morning....sunshine at first but cloudy now. wind.  

Thanks Runny......those thugs will be pleading vis video link today.  Lots of rumours and hearsay including their confessions to the attack.  

What's all this about cleaning?  What are carpets for? Lift them and brush underneath.  Simples! 

Got a few bulbs coming.  Disappointed though.  Promised delivery for Thursday and still not arrived 

Moving plants

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:47

Angela, I "chopped" pittosporum Garnettii  only a couple of days ago.  If 

I lived further north and east I would have waited until spring.  

Can you post a picture Angela?  If it's compact, mound like and you can move it with decent rootball it may not need any trimming

Underplanting evergreen shrubs

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:36

Lucid, not really sensible to underplant evergreens.  Plant outside the area by all means.  Those evergreens will widen anyway so plant bulbs allowing for this.  Holly and viburnum are dense evergreens but daphne is a little more open so perhaps bulbs could go there but bear in mind your Daphne is spring flowering anyway.  bulb foliage gets tatty after flowering and will spoil evergreen shrubs.  Plants under evergreens will become weedy and difficult to eradicate too.  Evergreens look good on their own

use bulbs for deciduous shrubs...go to town here Lucid 

daphne odorata,

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:28

Tetley......its true!  Prob the long growing season but I am not inclined to exaggerate   So tempted to take a picture.  I actually passed near the afore-mentioned broken daphne this morning....I could post it with fhe caption "this is half of what it was" 

Ironically, they do not grow well for me personally.  A neighbour grows them large......just 300 metres away.  He offered me rooted cuttings   I have failed with J Postille, mezereum both red and white, eternal fragrance, Somerset and Odora M.  the reason!  My soil has had lots of organic matter and I suspect daphnes don't like it

I'm shocked you doubt me Tetley as I am currently enjoying one of your tea bags  think I'll change to PG Tips !


Bamboo Plants Bissett

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 09:00

It will grow through that liner firecracker.  Grow something else 

daphne odorata,

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:44

I intended to reply yesterday....forgot 

difficult to support your dqphne Curvaceous Cook without it looking awful.  You could contrive a raised cover but it is pretty wide shrub.

agree it best to leave it cope on its own.  If there is a branch that looks esp fragile a large upturned pot could support it.

daphne odora well down here.......5' across and high is common.  

As a matter of info a large odora in a friend's garden was damaged in the summer by a clumsy gardener who buried it under a big load of heavy shrub pruning.  I carefully removed the prunings to find the daphne had half of its branches broken. however, half of it was unscathed and has recovered well.  The point is heavy snow may damage your daphne but will prob recover.  Try to knock off snow before it accumulates too much

Carex Amazon Mist

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:34

Definitely one for planting out.  Loosen the roots can be quite aggressive doing this....and water really well.  

Bamboo Plants Bissett

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:31  Dont plant this bamboo.  It is invasive and eventually be impossible to remove.

no amount of barriers...solid or flexible ...will safely contain running bamboo.


Moving plants

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 22:27

Ok, your pittosporum should move easily enough.  Get as big a rootball as possible. ,have recipient site prepared so as to minimise time not planted.  Pittosporums don't really like being moved so ensure a good soaking after transplanting 

South facing is excellent.  

the "other one" not doing well ?  It should have plenty of foliage on it after summer.  Up to you to decide if it's worth another move.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 21:02

Nice one Lou12 

cut grass,,trimmed large holly and other evergreens.....very satisfying 

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