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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 22:28

Charley, I'm sure it will show new growth soon.  Aubrietia, except for some of the variegated varieties,,is very hardy.  If in reasonably well drained soil it will be fine.

Well hello 2015

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 22:26

Well, hello to you Tray.

yes, the garden is moving now...onwards and upwards from now on 


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:13

Trying to work out where hellebores grow best in my garden and conditions.  More black spot last year than I have ever known...not all but on some.  I think humidity in summer could be a reason.  A little too much watering ...that they prob dont need as they are in good one conclusion.they will be kept drier and will be denied any flowering over the summer. 

Slug extermination

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:08

Nematodes, pellets or vigilance in picking off slugs/snails at night rather than any boiling water will help in controlling these critters.

turning over the ground and exposing eggs etc to the birds may help too.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:05

Their reputation is that peonies hate to be moved but I have found that not to be the case.  I divide, move them etc and they flower often following year. the secret is to plant them shallowly as has been said.  And a big no to growing them in pots.

I agree too that slugs are prob the reason for your perennials disappearing Kim. Especially in early spring.  At least protect them during this time 


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:20

A balanced organic fertiliser for blood and bone....or pelleted chicken manure .


Talkback: How to cut back ornamental grasses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 11:44


i don't like to over feed.....if they're growing well I would lightly use fish blood n bone again.

you don't say what grasses

Talkback: How to cut back ornamental grasses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:53

Nothing too crucial really except right now to be a little careful to remove just old growth.  So not right down to base now.   Snap and cut and comb out base with fingers to tidy up.  A tickle in of compost and fertiliser too helps.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:49

Beautiful morning.  Think it's supposed to stay this way for most of the day.  Should do something in the garden but I won't......unless I'm pressed to plant up friends fruit.

hope everyone has good day 


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 23:59

Hiya Woody.  Not for me though......don't like it 

this year, so far, my hellebores have Not been as good as previous years.  They are later too..  I suspect I allowed them to flower again in the summer last year ....don't usually allow this and remove potential summer flowers.

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WHAT IF.........

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Why I resort to online purchases....

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Not more photos.....

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Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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