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Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:39

Brightened up now.  Sun emerging.  Will cut last of the dogwoods and check condition of potted plants.....loads of echinaceas showing growth now so will watch out for little slugs under their pots. 

As said before. Some of the Hellebores not as good as previous years.....later for some reason.  And wallflowers usually are in full flower here by now.  Won't be long but they are later.  

advice please

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:33

Hedychiums grow well down here.....too well actually.  I've given mine away as they can be aggressive and bully any neighbouring plants.

used to divide them....sell them.....and they made vigorous growth.  Good looking in pots.  Exotic looking and many have great late summer scent.

Granma, I would start watering when shoots are seen and not allow them to become potbound but regularly pot on.  Feeding, watering and sunshine for me.  

your purchase sounds like it died down prematurely but if it's sound new growth should show naturally very soon.  Wouldn't "fiddle" with it right now. 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:25

Got good sandy loam Charley....back garden.....but, as with everything, other factors come into play.  It may be the salt content down here.  Can't grow Daphne's too well either yet a neighbour grows them beautifully !!!  


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 08:46

morning folks 

mild but Wet.   every day now is showing more foliage.....bare soil fast filling in

hoping everyone has good,day 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 00:40

Midwinter Fire is not reliable,with everyone Charliebot.  For me it is not great.  It is prone to die back amd lacks the vigour of other dogwoods.  It's ....lack,the vibrancy of the nright red varieties.


Posted: 07/03/2015 at 22:14

Yes but that pot does look small.

Mind your own business

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:21

I think gw was foolish to feature mind your own business as a garden plant/lawn.  this is a weed. it will not behave as a lawn but will invade......and do so totally.  

a friend had planted helxine deliberately to clothe everything in his back garden bright smother stones, edges etc., thinking it would look good. it grew up the walls and smothered every plant there.  Then began a fruitless campaign to eradicate it because he hated it eventually. 

richard, it is not a difficult,plant to is EASY.  But Dont. Just don't



Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:04

Yes Gerry. I think dogwoods would do very well there.

did you remove the tree roots?

why not go for a dogwood with good leaf colour too?  Elegantissima has green and white leaves and vivid red stems.  Aurea has bright yellow leaves and same red stems.  These varieties provide summer interest too.

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:20

Aha!  But I was a 100 metres runner pansy face.    Didn't need to run fast cos luck was on my side and I saw them.  I was composed

Ever been had ??

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:18

Agree with Nut.  snowdrops all look good and names varieties are unnecessary generally.  

However, Runnybeak just make sure your bulb establishes a colony and then you will be happy with your purchase. .  

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