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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:13

Christina, any buds at all?  

If not, leave them be;  echinaceas will flower next year.

echinaceas need to build up a good root system in order to flower well.  I remove flower buds on newly planted echinaceas and only allow them to flower after mid summer for this reason.

gerberas?  if the (new) hardy sort they often flower late...into winter down here.  Still time 


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 06:38


cutting flower stems off now is a  bit too late to make a difference for this season.   it is important to remove flower stems as they go over, during the growing season to keep echinaceas flowering.  

Culturally, although echinaceas enjoy it drier and warmer than say rudbeckias,,they still benefit from a good drink now and then in summer.  Not now though.  

Down here flowers are still coming because the growing season is a long sign of them dying down just yet.

you can move them now aym..soil is warm and moist and you can better judge how they will look next   year too. 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:40

Hiya Tetley

looked at the Gtech but hey!  No stripes.    Got to have stripes. I mean to say, a lawn without stripes is like bread without butter.............

I think only Bosch have rear rollers.

Long grasses for screening

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:36

Phormiums or restios ...both grass like...could fit the bill.  Tall phormiums like Sundowner perhaps but can't think of any tall evergreen grasses 

avoid bamboos except those genuine clumpers which are few and far between.  

miscanthus will provide structure over winter too.....9 months isnt too bad is it??

What to do with my punny agapanthus please?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:42

Too late to feed aym.  They are looking forward to the land of nod soon 

Fast growing shrubs/trees with interesting foliage or flowers to create an approx 5ft ish 'hedge'

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:15

I would go for a couple of pittosporums...Garnettii  is my choice.  Lovely grey foliage with pinky red tints and easily controlled for size.  I keep mine shaped.  A camelia too ...if your soil is neutral to a choisya.  Not evergreen but a beauty is cotinus royal purple.   lovely contrast with garnettii and choisya, esp if you went for the yellow Sundance 

a curve of lavendar too following the edge of your drive would add colour and scent too.  

Hmmm!  I like grass.  nothing quite like it for creating calm and linkage in the garden so I would try to keep it.  

Last edited: 17 September 2016 18:19:39

How do I look after this bamboo?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:43

Renata, no don't cut back.  

What compost did you use?  Ordinary mpc or john Innes?  MPC is not suitable plus it is too lightweight for height of your plant 

When you repot...they look fine right now....use john innes

I would mulch in spring with dried manure/pelleted chicken manure mixed with compost and half a handful of fish blood and bone.  That's it.  Keep it watered during spring and summer.

Fargesias are best bamboos....looking good there Renata.   i wouldn't worry about the odd yellow leaf right now. 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:47:19

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:31

Frank, sorreeeee!  No rain.  No sign of rain.  Sunny....lots of sun.  It will be blue sky until it gets dark.    No wind.  Very, very nice.  Back to the drawing board with your theories then???  

During this luverly weather I took someone down to the local National Dahlia Collection sale.  I was sorely tempted to buy one or two dahlias but I stood my ground.  No way was I beguilled by one or two absolutely stunning varieties that were totally new to me (not a dahlia expert by any means) .  I was so  strong so







I bought 4 plants.  I potted on because they were rootbound but I am genuinely excited by these beauties 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:32:51

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:17

I have a bosch cordless mower.  Had it for maybe 9 years used twice a week and at least once or twice a month during winter.  It is SUPERB.  It is lightweight...not really a consideration for me, but it is.....very quiet and economical.

i have a lawn about 150 sq yards plus a smaller one and my mower cuts these twice on a single charge.    having a lithium powered battery supply it holds its charge when not in use. 

£200 Polly?  Go online.  I think the smallest model may be around that price

my lawns are level, never with long grass, so perfect for cordless mowing.  

For rough areas that are cut infrequently cordless is not the way to go

I have changed the battery once .......pretty good value over 9 years.  

My model is the 37 li and I will grt another when I need to.  Prob more expensive to purchase but economical thereafter 

I have had several electric and petrol mowers none lasting as long as my cordless.

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:19:29

What to do with my punny agapanthus please?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 16:53

No, don't "freshen" the compost or change the pot now aym.....there will be some feed in the compost so not wanted now.    This is best done in spring.  Leave it in the open for now to experience the current mild conditions then move to shelter when winter starts to bite.  

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