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What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 11:35

Hot, hot hot 

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 11:21

Hiya Anomander

pleased you got your plants.  White Queen is  highly recommended.......strong scent but slightly different.  You beat me to it...I have some varieties coming too.

spring cuttings are fine...they root and grow fast so you will have as many scented flowers as you want 

Was Ivy a sensible choice ?

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 23:39

Matts, NO.  Get rid of the ivy.  It will take over and swamp everything.  You can't keep "chopping it back" at all as has been suggested. just continues to root at every possible point and you will have a horrible jungle of ivy.  Most everybody is trying to eradicate ivy

It does not look right because it is not suitable 

look at acorus has nice yellow foliage and looks good with water.  It will help "bind your rocks".  Ophiopogon nigrescens is a black evergreen grass like plant and would contrast well with acorus.  Or look at the carex family......testacea for example.  Evergreen with a unique foliage colour.  an astilbe, go for a dwarf form like Pumilla, will give attractive ferny foliage and feathery pink flowers in summer

ajuga is a creeping evergreen burgundy coloured .....according to variety....plant with blue summer flowers but this will need controlling now and then.....hardly as invasive as ivy.

oh!  Welcome Matts  enjoy your bank holiday weekend but rip out the ivy too 

Last edited: 25 August 2016 23:42:07


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 23:03

Mandy, you will need to cut back to just below the split stem.  No option to that.

fidget is right...use the side shoots as cuttings and now is a good time to do that.  Cuttings rooted by autumn will produce flowering plants next year

the main plant has time to recover if the stem hasn't split right down into the base.  

Happy happy joy joy

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 22:32

Pleased for you Lou 

nice when you get one of those days indeed 

Salix int. Hak. Nishiki

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 18:41

I posted a comprehensive reply but lost it Giddy.....

excellent you loosened roots and soaked your plant. 

Mpc simply allows water to drain through. Feeding isn't that important now although all composts have a level of nutrients.  I would not worry about your plant for now.....possibly reacting to having its roots agitated and to its new home

mpc will not suffice....I would repot using john innes

some GC's  offer a 5 year guarantee; most a year 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 18:24

I knows I am 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 17:47

a Y Fairy 

does my diminutive height...3' 2 1/4 " tall....give me away?  

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:48

you can still get irish moss peat then Tetley?  

Nothing else has come close has it? 

What is this

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:36

Andrea, I do use rooting powder but not necessary with this.

 Try to get some strong side shoots from near the base and put in pot of compost mixed with perlite.  Half and half..not critical though.  Water and use a polythene bag or cold propagator.  Place somewhere sheltered and reasonably warm.  

With the cuttings, remove the lower leaves and retain just a couple of small ones near the top

good luck 

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