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Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:50

Kate, its a zealand flax

a couple of ways........every year I cut off all the old leaves.  Looks "nude"  but new young, colourful leaves soon appear.

every 3 years or so I dig up my phormiums and divide them.  They pull apart relatively easily.  Replant a sizeable outer part.  Water and leave it.  Best done in spring. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:18

Happy bjrthday Lily 

.....hmmmm! Didnt you have one last year too? 


Posted: 20/09/2015 at 09:26

Nice one Fairy 

Can you move hostas at this time of year?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 09:25

Yes Lena.  Hostas are tough things anyway.

just moved a couple of mine ....divided to replant one piece and another in a pot.

use a john innes soil based compost though Lena. Copper tape is an excellent idea....I do just that myself.  

One word of caution....check there are no snails or slugs in and around your plsnt.


Posted: 20/09/2015 at 08:40

Chatsworth is quite pale but slight shade it is darker


Posted: 20/09/2015 at 08:38

Hello forkers

sorry you are having such a difficult time PatE.  Hope things improve soon for you ....clearly lots of support for you here

lovely first thing.....still dry and warmish.  Pleasant for esrly morning walk across the towans 

Intriguing Fairy!  What is this cunning plan?  I offen have "cunning plans" that, come the light of morning, are not quite so brilliant 



Posted: 19/09/2015 at 23:37

I grow chatsworth.....i find it more scented than the annual varieties.  Less purple/blue flowers but bigger, more woody and perennial......if overwintered in gh.

got mine initially from a local market and simply jave taken cuttings every year.  I always have a dozen or so plants dotted around fhe garden.  Around psthways, doors, windows, entrances they are delightful with their cherry pie fragrance..

I will try to find a supplier Rosa.  There are other perennial varieties as I recall 

Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 19:36

Timing is everything and if weather combines well germination will be rapid.  I sowed seed and it germimated inside a week. 

spring then Lucid and try to target a warm, moist spell 


Posted: 19/09/2015 at 19:27

Tracey, do they have a bluish colour to the foliage?  If so they are pinks/carnations

they need frequent dead heading to keep them tidy and floriferous....ultimately removing the flowered stems back to the base.  They are evergreen and perennial but best replaced after 3 years.  They are superb as foliage plants in the winter with their blue foliage. 


Posted: 19/09/2015 at 19:22

Philippa, nigra spreads alarmingly too.  A friend of mine, against my advice, planted one...prob 6 or 7 years ago (actually bit more) ....and it is spreading.  She has a few acres and it is distance away.  Another planted in a pot.  This just about survives.  It is meglected though Philippa so may thrive if fed and watered.....not my job tho! 

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