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Think hydrangea is dead

Posted: Yesterday at 09:20


give it just a little more time.  If it is alive you will see some shoots during the next 3 weeks.  . Otherwise plant something else..........

it looks dry there.  Maybe not the pruning but being denied moisture is the reason for its condition.  Hydrangeas need plenty of water!  

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: Yesterday at 09:10

Lovely flowers folks.  Enjoyable thread 

like Mark I was recently given rooted daphnes.  .  3 plants duly potted and thriving.  Hopefully big enough for flowers next year 

Border Ideas

Posted: Yesterday at 09:04

Not evergreen but jap painted ferns .....delightful glaucous foliage.......astilbes and astrantias, (now shooting here), dicentras, brunneras, geranium Margaret Wilson, grasses like Hackonechloa, Bowles Golden Grass and arrhenatherum bulbosum, carex and others will thrive there. 

you asked for shrubs...sarcoccoca cannot be ignored....but also you talk about your herbaceous border ...hence my suggestions LLM 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: Yesterday at 08:53

The rain was short lived and moved away

very, very windy but warm and sunny.  Early run/walk to the beach was easy....spread my arms and I could fly. Exhilarating...totally exhilarating.  Loved it 

Have u pruned this Penstemon right?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 22:26

I like to keep in pots for a while longer........fleece them because, although they are "hardy", they have been cossetted in the gh.    Keep the pots in a sheltered spot.  Fleece for a week or so during the day to gradually acclimatise them to the outside conditions.  Then uncover them and use fleece when frost is forecast.  Its not just about frost; plants need to get used to outside conditions 

Have u pruned this Penstemon right?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 21:24


Craig's plants are in a greenhouse .   he has already said he will plant out in spring

Inherited overgrown choisya Aztec Pearl

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:20

Not too late but better to wait until mid March.  You can cut back quite hard.  I would suggest cutting back those 3 branches to a metre high.  It will repopulate itself with lots of new foliage.

i prune choisyas  every year after flowering...this keeps them compact. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:14

Any Doris I have known has been gentle and kind...Storm Doris promises temper and violence!  

think she will scream, shout and throw things but will depart quickly ! 

Have u pruned this Penstemon right?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:07

No Craig.  when flowering is over,,say late summer, cutting to the ground wont produce another flush of flowers. it produces vegetative growth.

it is the deadheading....removing spent flowers ....during the growing season that will help prolong flowering

In practice it will become very clear.  Penstmons are really be easy 

What depth of soil for raised beds

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:02


avoid shortcuts re the  lawn.

I would turn that soil over incorporating some dried manure or compost.  Firm it and level it.  then add a layer of good topsoil...15 cm if you can......and tickle it in using a cultivator.  My " cultivator" is a garden fork with its tines bent at 90 degrees.  The idea is to keep the new topsoil on top but slightly edged into the existing soil.

then rake, level and firm....using your heels...and do this as often as you can.  Hard work but worth it for your lawn and for your fitness

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