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Posted: 22/02/2015 at 09:26

I have just the one clump of alstromeria.  Cannot now remember the variety...tall, classy and long flowering. 

I grew  a number of varieties but they have a couple of issues for me.  They are a little invasive.  They also become dormant for a period in mid summer leaving a gap in the border.   I have overcome this by placing late summer perennials around alstromeria.

for me, good winter drainage, sunshine, good soi, feeding, regular spent flower removal and staking (if a tall variety) is the way to grow alstromerias


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 09:09

hello forkers

rain here.  Looks like it's set for the day 



Posted: 21/02/2015 at 21:03

Car haggled for,today was for my niece.  Her car is better than she constantly tells me  Dont really mind ....she loves it.  Well done Mrs. Garden.  Bet you chose your car on colour???

got to plant raspberry canes, mulberry and medlar for friend next week.  I have a feeling she has ordered more too.  Feel she has gotten me boxed in a little planting and sorting her garden cos she keeps adding more jobs to do. 

Strong smelling shrub/ plant?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:33

Rue is very unpleasant.  Is foliage blue..ish?  Evergreen?  

What flowers to grow?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:29

Lupins are nice to grow there.  I grow a few as an edge to veg patch and up to mid summer they are wonderful

annual cosmos are excellent.  The White ones are nice in a group.

Removing Pampas Grass.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:26

Jane, just prepare yourself for some hard work but you will succeed.  Asap too.  I'm forever breaking garden tools.....nothing last for me....but a crowbar is a useful tool if you have one.  

Pampas really aren't grest garden plants.  Agree too with replenishing the soil before planting anything there.  

Hebe division

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:21

No hebes cannot be split.  Cuttings are easy though.  

Help with hebes

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:43

Hebes are usually evergreen.  Given good drainage and some much as possible really.....they are easy plants.  Lots of new varieties out there now that prob aren't much more than tender.  Cuttings always advisable.  Planted soon though they should toughen up for next winter


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:30

Hiya Dove.  Don't think there's too much of a problem at the moment.  However, with the wind supposedly increasing later this may change. 

Foxgloves - Illumination Pink

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:27

Yes I bought illumination pink 2years ago.  Survived 2 winters and flowered for most of the summer but last summer disappeared.  Don't feel they are truly was always a doubt for me.  Got white foxgloves this year instead which will be as advertised, viz., biennial or even annual. 

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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