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Has anyone bought any plants or veg today?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:32

Jo, low maintenance,, narrow, erect to 4' or so and clump formimg

a regular gold medal winner at chelsea had a nursery not far from me and he grew some amazing restios.  Some are big.  Some not.  Many have patterns/colours on their stems

worth checking out

famous gardeners

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:15

Met the great B Russel Sprout 


Has anyone bought any plants or veg today?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:13

Clarice, its between a grass and a sedge.  Evergreen, tactile,,erect, bright green foliage.  great for moist soil or for average soil if watered


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:07

Alrighty then hosta....

Why is my Picea glauca Daisy's White going brown?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:04

Emma, what soil did you plant it in?  It needs ericaceous compost

Has anyone bought any plants or veg today?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:02

Yes bought a restio.  Saw it yesterday but it looked so lonely I just had to go back for it.....only a mile down the road from me


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:26

Yviestevie, how about a compact hardy geranium like Black Beauty around your Standishii?  Dark,,almost black mounds of foliage and the brightest dark blue flowers all summer? ,will look superb and still allow your small taxus to look tall?

well, Yvie, I am having a for a moment.  And yes it is hot.  The restio was too good to resist......relatively expensive in some places.

right, nipping down for fish and chips.  My old mate fatty spotface says they are healthier than salads so who am I to argue?  


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:20

I think using it now does deplete nitrogen levels....however you can add sulphate of ammonia to it.  However I would use it in autumn.  Nitrogen will be replenished by then for spring growth

.............sorry Hostafan, disagree on this one 

How to deal with this Heuchera

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:16


a couple of ways here.

heucneras do exactly what yours is doing, viz.,getting woody and tall.  You can lift it and simply plant it deeper but besf to divide it and pot it and./or replant the pieces.  They recover quickly.

discard the old woody bits, enrich the soil if planting in same spot....better in a different spot...and water it in.  You can do it now or wait until the autumn Or spring.  I tend to do these things impulsively so would do it now but when you do it is up to you.  

You can quickly build up extra plants of heuchera by division like this and you keep nice young vigorous plants 

Spotty aeonium

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:27

Mousey, just tip it gently out of its pot will be fine.

You could use half soil and half sand but a small bag of john innes ...number 3.......will be perfect.

 Mpc is multi purpose compost....those bags of compost everybody buys for pots.  However, at the garden centre ask for John Innes compost instead.

aeoniums thrive on neglect really.  I water occasionally in summer, grow in the sun and feed now and then as I said earlier.

best to regard aeoniums as temporary plants.  I have plants rooted now from cuttings in early spring....i.e. cut the tops off and put it posts of compost.

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