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Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 18:59

Mine survive outside Lyn....usually ........west Cornwall 

Last edited: 17 October 2016 19:00:04

Chocolate cosmos problem

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 18:57

Hmmm!  It's also whether the ground gets wet too markos    Fatal over winter 

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:51

Sorry nicky, your liner has a puncture anyway...prob in several I too would replace it   You can then sort the whole grass issue out at the same time.

looks a big pond too so can you make provision for any fish, pond life and plants?  

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:15

Keep on the dry side...but not totally dry in my opinion.  

Cutting back hard?   if we were in September now I would cut back to "almost nothing". They would have grown back quickly.  Now is too late for that but I would cut by half....keeps them neat and compact.

the shed is fine but some fleece to hand would be sensible if and when we get some very cold temps.  No need at all to bring them into the house...they will only make soft growth.  Ideally, you want those pelargoniums simply to tick over in an almost dormant state 

Chocolate cosmos problem

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:06


yes, nothing more serious than cool night temperatures.

you will need to pop them back into their pots and put in the gh.  Keep on the dry side now and remove any dead or dying flowers, stems and leaves.   You are growing it for next spring now 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 11:43

Brilliant sunshine then brief but heavy showers.  markedly cooler now 

Killing a yukka

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:53

Unwittingly perhaps, fidget has illustrated the difficulty with shoots will readily grow from cut back roots etc.   every piece of root needs to be removed.  It does require hard work.  

Fidget, you may take precautions for yourself with gauntlets and goggles but maybe a warning sign to others to be similarly protected? 

Apart from knowing personally about injuries I am aware of some horrific stories about yuccas .......they are not suitable garden plants 

ha ha Inglezinho, more than divine intervention needed I think 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 07:34

Hazel, I removed an absolute monster of a juniper last week.  20' high and prob as wide. Mine too was shaped (as a cone) and looked superb for many years.    Had to dig down a metre to tackle the roots.  anyway, yours will be a piece of cake.  However, just think of the space you will have to plant up.  I have a huge area now to indulge my own planting ideas 

Killing a yukka

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 21:59

......the problem is dig it up in the first place 

Killing a yukka

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 19:41


You have to dig DEEP.  However, for me the joy of ridding this vicious thug emergised me enough to get it out. 

The only way is to dig again.  Take your time if necessary to remove every piece.  For me it really was a big digging job but it did the trick and it was fully removed 

perhaps your experience will help others realise a yucca is not a garden plant ! 

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