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Posted: 12/11/2015 at 07:48

Hello forkers 

dark morning but dry and still pretty warm 

got few chores this morning but a plan to remove a dogwood and use the space for perennials is in process.

hope Abigail isn't too bad for you folks further north 

Camelia Japonica

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 23:03

Cestrum nocturnum maybe?  

Grey curved things

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:51

Chafers or leatherjackets I think.  

Waa this your own compost sooty?  Is it old, last year's, bought compost?   Was it your compost made from some old turf?  

hebe troubles

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:48

Cathy, if you bought these hebes from a well known gc take the sick one back for a replacement.  It will have a growth guarantee. In any case still take it back

could be a myriad ....well, a few ....reasons why your plant is poorly.  When you initially planted your hebes did you soak the rootballs thoroughly?  were the roots tightly packed and did you loosen them?  Is the poorly hebe in, as Tetley suggested, in a wettter spot in the garden?   Is it more windy/draughty in that spot?  

The Supernatural

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 20:57

Looks like Abigail is heading your way Fairy.  Batten down the hatches.  Keep safe up there 


Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:10

Ok adamadamant.  That's brilliant.  Confettii really is a delightful shrub.  Mine has a blue salvia on one side, a red heuchera on the other and a dwarf orange kniphofia behind it.  Looks good I think 

Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:06

"clearing up" now does make it easier come spring and that's my own regime.  Not best practise in a cold wet winter garden though

The Supernatural

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:17

Like it Pansy.  Donut worry, I had the bun sen burner on to keep warm 

maybe daft but in my focus to tidy I cut down 3 salvia Amistad....loads of flowers still on too.  But shadowing a few hellebores so they can be mulched now.  all for the winter scene now



Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:37

Alex, they are best and more easily divided after 2 or 3 years but yes they look better for it too.  You will prob have several fans so select the best.  I cut the foliage back hard at the same time and new colourful juvenile foliage soon appears.

however, I would not do this now.  Wait until spring and use john innes compost.  

Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:33

Pittosporums can be kept small by annual pruning adadamant.  it's how I grow them.  Irene Patterson is a lovely pittosporum to consider.  If pruned in spring and then again in late summer pittosporums are easily kept in shape 

abelia confettii is a very attractive silvery/white small shrub?  Slow growing too.  White autumn flowers.



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