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Can I still pot on?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:37

No they will prefer being potted on now.  they will prob grow a lot more yet too so you could plant them out from those bigger pots in a few weeks.  They are tough and hardy plants and will not like being cosseted 

When to cut back Grasses?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:33

Padraigh, no harm in trimming a few untidy ends but better if you can turn a blind eye and leave them intact.  

Last edited: 02 November 2016 18:34:25

purple wheelbarrow - any good?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 15:51

Gardening granny,

Wyevale  had a heavy duty polypropylene barrow on offer recently. 

Best to go see them and handle them.  Purple?  Can it be any other colour?

I still go for the traditional heavy builders barrow.

When to cut back Grasses?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:27

Not until spring Padraigh

you could move them too then or divide them 

Plant of the year

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 08:40

Too late to be "plant of the year" because salvia elegans...the pineapple sage...has only been flowering for 2 or 3 weeks but its scarlet flowers are delightful right now.  Plus that wonderful pineapple fragrance all summer 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 08:37

blue sky and sun......bit cooler though but lovely day in prospect 

Dalhlias - winter care

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 08:36 have been overlooked 

yes treat dahlias seed like any other.  keep them frost free over winter.  I would do nothing more to them now until spring except thin them out.  A warm windowsill or conservatory will be better than a cold gh. They will need potting on several times next spring before planting out...keep them growing fast.  They will form tubers by late summer 


Posted: 02/11/2016 at 08:30

morning roybooth

although hydrangeas will grow in containers they really need the depth and moisture of being in the garden soil. 

Can you plant it out? 

You said "old" hydrangea so it will be hungry, thirsty and congested in that pot.  You could repot, feed and mulch but, know what?  Life is too short.  Get rid of if and treat yourself to something new for your container 

Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 22:15

lilysilly, your instincts are correct 

guanajuato is a Very tender variety.  it looks like the normal patens varieties but is much taller...mine is 5' tall.  you will need to dig it up and treat as you do a dahlia, viz., frost free and dry.  It forms tubers.  I pot mine into 5 litre pots and keep in conservatory.  A gh is prob not warm enough.  Pot up using dry mpc.  Resist the temptation to water too soon in is a late starter.

you may have the smaller patens though which are a little hardier but treat just the same as above.  It will be bigger and better next year.  You can also divide the tubers.

Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:58

Salvia guanajuato......been superb for months now and still going strong.  Salvias Embers Wish ...the best of the Wishes I think....and Amistad too.  

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