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Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:55

Just watched a recording of Beechgrove.  wonderful, inspiring,,relaxing and totally enjoyable.  Why?  Because it was all about PLANTS.  There was a continuity,,flow and pleasantness about the presentation too by presenters who seem to  love their plants. No GW prog is as good.  And I now want to get polygala lillet.....the little blue variety.  I've grown usual polygala but this one looks pretty special to me.  

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:13

Beautiful creature jim.  Nice story.  Must keep my eyes open a little more 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:10

Fairy, Jonathan creek is my,pseu, sudok, other name when I'm on  the tele.  .....wot you like?   Dike of Cornwall,when riding my bike into town.  Dike of 

Gloucester when I forget who I am.  Monty ...only on ..fridays, of course ,( did I say I hurt my knee? Fell off my bike ) 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:51

Lily, that was a misprint. Others have already is a technical game, a game of two halves.  Cornwall were ahead by a big margin at half time that meant they won the first half.  The second half saw lancs score more points but Cornwall won overall when disregarding points scored after 40 mins......usual pundits' assessments.   Highly technical ...ladies would not understand.

Yep,,,the dike of Cornwall, me. And Monty in my spare time.

Lesley, re Imperata red baron.  I find it needs ample moisture in summer, good drainage in winter, humussy soil, sunshine and not too cold over winter.  It spreads but very gently and near the surface of the soil.  I "sprinkle" mpc over the roots in spring when growth has been underway for a couple of weeks....the fertiliser in the mpc helps give a boost I think. Dry soil?  No.  Heavy soil?  No.  Claggy soil?  No. Shade?  No.   I find it slow to make new growth but quite fast.  It's a grass worth experimenting with I think.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:48


Its an easy, tough shrub.  Sunshine is best and free draining soil.

Cuttings are easy....taken now or during the summer...will root quickly and provide flowering plants for next year.    Cut back in spring.....I do it in autumn here.  

Its an odd produces white flowers, then red then red and white according to the season.  

Too late to prune Buddleja?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:37

I prune buddleias during the summer too.....let me explain.  

After the main flower spikes are over I cut back to new shoots.  These produce further flowers.  Do this throughout the summer for repeat flowers.  

Katie, yes if you prune now before flowering you will lose those flowers but removing fading flowers will help your bush more manageable

Now you know how vigorous it is just remember to prune as hard as you like...autumn or achieve a moderately tall flowering plant in future summers.  E.g. My buddleias are now 6' plus from a cut back in early spring to about 2'.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:27

Fairy, I am the Dike of Gloucester.  

Hey,,hey.   Cornwall won the rugby county championship.  Yippee.  

Well, I did a Verdun too......dug up and divIded a wonderful looking Tiarella.  Cut In half. It didnt even realise it was chopped.  Two large plants in now and they look excellent.  Lifted a lupin in flower and replanted. Ditto with a scabious, a fabulously scented white pink, divided a Heuchera and replanted, moved Bowles golden grass and expanded a jap blood grass planting.  Think it looks good.  Did it in a kind of frenzy as rain was imminent.  A light scattering of fertiliser and a good watering and the sun came out.  Showers passed over to leave a very warm humid afternoon. The border is now ready to,give its all this summer with no further meddling from!  I might just move a...........

(Lancashire scored more points than Cornwall but we's complicated this rose tinted assessment of sport)

Cuckoo Spit

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:47

It depends on what plant it's on......on rosemary I think it doesnt cause too much harm.  you can hose them off or simply slide the "spit" aside.  A little greeny insect will be seen.  Just squeeze it.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:43

Hiya Pottie,

Yes, it was the day I,usually go to foodbank too.

Cornwall,behind at moment but it's only the score.  We are ahead really.  NO.....CORNWALL HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD. OGGY, OGGY, OGGY.

It's very warm here....only occasional glimpses of sun but hot to work in. ,

I'm my own worst a border planted as I wanted but, impulse is workIng it's mischief.   I know I will swap some plantIng.....after the rugby.

last night's GW

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:56

Fidget, I did the same with seed of Bishop's Children.  Kept the best and divide tubers every year or so.  

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