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Crocosmia and plant companions

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:51

Not too hot for it there aym.  Keep it watered this summer and mulch later.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:45

I did post yesterday Fairy saying yours is the best white buddleia I have seen.  for some reason it didn't publish.

do I get a nice pressie now for saying that? 

Pruning Honeysuckle

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:42

Yes, as hard as you like Sheps 

if flexible enough can you bend those adventurous shoots towards the trellis?  A couple of short canes to keep them there?  Then tie them in later. 

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:39

I was too  impetuous Fairy.  Never get anywhere by  being too impetuous.  Didn't read it all I guess

Drooping lavender!

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:36

How about replacing it bimsii?  Lavendar is best when young.  Fresh compost...john innes mixed with perlite.....and 3 smallish plants will give you pleasure for a few more years on upright bushes 

Just an extra thought your lavendar in the sun?  If too shady it will flop.

Drooping lavender!

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:31

you can cut it back now bimsii.  Better to wait another week or so for flowers to go over.  Not great to cut lavendar in autumn.  Cutting it back as soon as flowering is over, in summer,  helps the wood to ripen and produce hardier foliage for the winter. 

You are right to prune as you do, viz., almost to old wood but still in the green, but it is the timing of it I would address 

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:56

Patsy, not wanting to plant in the garden?  It will not need acid soil...a neutral soil is fine. 

Save money on for more plants! 

Crocosmia and plant companions

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:51


firstly, Lucifer is not invasive. despite its name it is not a "devil" to control.  

It does form large, very large clumps.  Here I have them in half a dozen places but every one will be dug up and divided every 3 or 4 years. They are then given away or potted into 5 litre pots for future planting.  Clumps are never overly divided.....always put large clumps back.  Tiny plants will struggle for a year or two.  Some may argue about size of corms, depth to plant them and what to do and what not to do but, essentially, they are easy peasy uncomplicated plants.

they need warmth.....hotter the better for a generous flower to foliage ratio. Don't let them dry out completely but they like it free draining. 

Neighbours?  I posted a picture a few weeks back of one clump of Lucifer.....a canna Pretoria to one side, persicaria Red Dragon in front and a Geranium Brookside in front of that.

in another spot I have Lucifer next to Miscanthus Variegatus...a fountain of white foliage..and next to that a Berberis Gold Ring.  In front I had a white lychnis Coronaria next to Phormium Dazzler.

in another spot I have one of my seed-raised Bishops Children now comtinues the red flower theme well into November.   To its side is a pittosporum Irene Patterson.  In front of the lot are Dianthus Moments and a group.of yellow argyranthemum....Jamaica Primrose, an older form but still the best in my book and raised from cuttings.

In another spot I have Lucifer behind a large Lonicera Winter Beauty.  

Elsewhere Lucifer stands next to acer Flamingo.

i have to say almost all my Lucifers have practically finished flowering but here they start very early and go on for several weeks.

Lucifer would go well with Salvia Amistad, any helenium, agastache Black Adder, persicaria Orange Field or similar, or with grasses.  For a contrast of shape ...Lucifer has sword-like foliage that I like....a rounded shrub like choisya would look good.  In this case red flowers atop white flowers of choisya.  

Have fun with your Lucifer. 

Tomatoes not ripening

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 08:30


first,,remove the bubblewrap...asap

next, remove more leaves.  If you have your full complement of fruit just needing ripening leaves are largely superfluous 

three,,give us feedback.

i am convinced removing lewves helps fruit ripen more quickly

without feedback now and then the forum is simply about opinions 

Tomatoes not ripening

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 23:04

Hiya Chaz

do you remove any leaves from your plants?  

We have had widely varying opinions about this but my opinion is leaves need to be removed progressively as summer proceeds.  A limit to the number of trusses allowed to set snd the tops nippped out.  Side shoots need to be removed asap.  

I have been eating tomatoes for a few weeks now.....some will say it is because I live in a warmer part of the UK...West Cornwall.  I have tomatoes ripening every day and they now have very few leaves on the plants.  I will not have any unripe tomatoes.

I never shade the glass,,always allow good ventilation and start removing lower leaves from early in the season.

so.....remove leaves that ahade the fruit 

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