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Heathers Going Brown

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:17

Use ericaceous john Innes.  I think it's the lime in your soil.  I don't grow vulgaris because, although my soil is neutral, it's too alkaline for them.  Carneas thrive here ...they don't mind lime.

i wouldn't add perlite either


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:14

Could hide it between Agastache black adder, Buddleia buzz ivory to one side, taxus coppershine in front and pittosporum Irene Patterson on other side.  The foliage would not be seen but flowers would be.  


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:10

Morning Fiona . Warm welcome 


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:02

I remember you asking about it Dove.  It's the foliage I don't like...too coarse 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:00

Basically think of your late flowering they flop for you? get too leggy?  sedums and heleniums esp benefit from cutting back in spring.  It's not quite the same as pinching back which I do on everything....this is just to encourage busyness and discourage single main stems.  

Heathers Going Brown

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 07:55

Omthree, first thought was your compost.  Did you use ericaceous compost?  Vulgaris do not like lime


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 07:53

hello forkers

damp but looking to brighten up.  Feeling quite warm though

tempted by Monty's poker planting last night so ordered a couple for my garden.  Now I'm not sure because kniphifias have never really appealed to me.  But I thought between a tall blue Agastache and a white pittosporum where it could look quite good 

Nepeta variegated

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 23:42

You can simply dig off pieces and replant in the ground but I prefer to put in pots for a few weeks.  I did this for the plain leaf variety last year and it has now formed large flowering size plants.

the advantage of pots is that you dont have to occupy garden space whilst they are growing.  From pots they make an impact almost immediately.

Advice on lawn problem

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:26

It's way I do it Dove.  Never had problems. spot weed sprayed, day or two later fed and week later odd reseeding. currently lawn is rich green and lush.  Will try to post a picture.  Not sure the weedkiller affects future grass germination which takes a couple of weeks.  but, yes, check on the packet in case. Alex just look for liquid lawn feed.  Usually cheap and readily available.  

Confession Times!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:14

I prob have a dozen different varieties Dove but have divided many of them so quite a few clumps  I suppose. A far cry from Hostafan's. 

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