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hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:25

And you dont want a variety of Rose of your garden 

This forum

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:23

Agree with David.  It's a must do thing for me now to nose into the forum when I get a moment or two.  I think it does get better and better.  

I find it nice to,be able to get opinions,options, etc about where I want to plant something too.  Often someone's idea opens up a hitherto not thought of idea. 

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:18

Bluebells?  Yes, I dig them up too. Not a normal garden plant for me 

Rain?  I know lots of you....and many parts of Cornwall too....have had lots of rain. Here it's been mostly dry and very warm.  Today it is boiling   A couple of days where it's rained but mostly I've been,,perspiring dont you know   

Just cut the lawns, sounds grand but one at front and one at back (which has just been comandeered for sunbathing and an ice cream has been pinched ).  Potted on some small and large mpc's don't seem to encourage much growth unless plants are fed too......

Got a hedge to cut now or should I have a lager.  Decisions, decisions, decisions 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:00

Hiya rose mummy 

Hmm, astrantias are a little puzzle at times, aren't they?  

Currently I have some 4' tall full of flower;  another with just a few flowers and another without sign of flowers.  However, I expect them all to flower well at some time in the their own time.

Variety makes a difference too.....split Roma last autumn and both divided plants are flowerimg well.  

Just ensure that your astrantias don't get dry.  They hate being dry and will simply wither away. A phostrogen feed once a week should help.  

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:53

KEF, I would take basal cuttings.  Minded to get anchusa today.  If so, I will take a couple of basal cuttings before planting out.  

Dont think Royalist will come true from seed.  

New to this gardening

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:45

Morning Ashdale and a warm welcome 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:26

Anchusa royalist though is not a new plant but a beautiful one.  

Currently I don't grow it because its not reliably perennial for me. Two years at most .....will have to propagate it regularly to keep it.

Couch grass gone mad

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:22

Agree with above......ESP with the advice to be patient and not dig up treated couch grass too early.  

In the lawn a regular cut with blades set a little lower will control couch grass   

droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:18

Louise, prob your most of them....need a helping hand.

Some thin galvanised wire discreetly tied in around your conifer will restore its neat, tight and green appearance. I do this to my own conifers.  

All conifers look dead....are dead...on the inside so when a branch pulls away it exposes what looks like a dying plant.  Tying in restores....hey presto !  ......your nice green looking conifer. Simples 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:08

Glyphosate is the best, quickest and most efficient way to get rid of bimdweed.

Bimdweed is easy to eradicate......truly is.  I have to disagree about bindweed being the worst weed in the  garden.....ground elder,,oxalis, jap,knotweed, etc., are far worse.

I have eradicated it from my own garden and done the same for a friend who.....well, her garden was......was overrun with bindweed

Spraying the rosettes early in the spring followed by further sprays on any regrowth is very effective.  Where bindweed is growing up other plants just untangle it, lay it on the ground and spray or tie it around short canes and "paint" the leaves.  

Follow the rules.....5 or 6 hours of dry weather.....cloudy is better than bright sun....and allow the chemical to work. (so don't pull up affected plants a few days later).  The weedkiller kills to the roots but, often, there are other parts of the bindweed not hit by it so follow up treatments  during the summer will finally kill all bindweed

I consider glyphosate to be "organic" in the sense that if treated this year,for example, it will not be an issue for future years.  The science right now suggests glyphosate is safe esp used only as targeted applications 

Organic destruction of bindweed is so slow, ugly, laborious and ineffective 

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