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Posted: 10/05/2016 at 11:50

Hiya treaduk

I had many chats with the guy (nursery in Cornwall) who keeps winning gold medals at Chelsea.  Moved slightly further away now alas.  He grew huge specimens and had them for sale outside overlooking St Michael's Mount so exposed to salt winds.

I grow a dwarf form of elegia tectorum and do so in a pot with a saucer to hold moisture.  I intend to plant it out but still deciding on "perfect" spot.  Had it for 2 years or so.  

My variety is supposedly hardier than most but all grow well here in Cornwall.

I like restios but my soil, being pretty near the coast, is not ideal for them so I need to site them well or pot them.  If I remember Rhodocoma capensis is one I considered but is slightly taller. 

Ideally restios seem to prefer acid heavier soil but think they are adaptable; sun or shelter is ok.  Mine is in a relatively sunny spot and will be a vertical feature over a couple of hostas in pots (now growing well)

a more delicate option to bamboo  

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:15


Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:14

Me too Tetley.......

i would have thought the more open discussion the better and time is running out.  

Who know's enough right now? 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:05

Better whisper this.........I'm beginning to like the new format.  Edit and other functions incorporated and I will be satisfied 

Fairygirl.....I'm perfect all the time but I don't find me boring 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:00

My marguerites are now growing outside....emmapynn I suspect 2 things.  Too hot and too much water.  I would guess it is in a small pot too making it rootbound???

in my experience, marguerites are fast growers and need regular potting on to avoid root congestion and keep growth rate high.

they are potted quickly from 9cm to at least 2 litre before planted outside.  I always remove buds as well as pinching out.  even at planting out time I remove every bud......this then encourages plants to establish well.  New buds soon form but on bushier plants 

Advice needed

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:52

Renata, the most important thing for astilbes is MOISTURE.

astilbes will hate being dry.  Given moisture they will thrive even in full sun.  Ideally partial shade because sunshine brings out the best flowers so a good compromise is called for.  

My astilbes are all pretty big growing in a sunny garden but with good deep rich soil.....generously mixed in compost, pelleted chicken manure and dried farmyard manure.  I water in hot dry periods. 

Of course,,the more sun the drier the soil but there are other factors too...soil, drainage, exposure, etc.

you can plant astilbes so they "show" well now....superb spring foliage and early summer flowers......but allow taller, later perennials to grow up in front to afford some protection from hot sun.  For example, aster Frikartii Monch, tall lobelias, anthemis Mrs Buxton, etc.etc.,   I do the same with hellebores.

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:40

Morning Pat...oh yes!  Still here.  Our  temperatures are catching up with yours in aussieland now 

aym, I'll haggle and you can pay...ha ha 

Clari, absolutely spot on.  Never feel embarrassed to get money off 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:36

Think that's your problem then,,too small pots. Pot on asap 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:23

Winniecat, pinch back a little more...they should bush out.  8 to 10" is pretty tall suggests to  me they are growing still with heat...??  I would have put them in the cold frame before now.

What size pots are they in?  Still 9cm? 

when you pot on plant a little deeper each time.  

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:30

Rake in some grass seed PP....still time for it to germinate and grow well.  

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