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Invasive Species

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 11:24

If in doubt what new plants will do google as much as possible BEFORE buying them 

I also check growth/spread before the end of the firsf can get a very good idea from the way the roots are

i love salvias but many are invasive....guaranitica and ulignosa for example spread alarmingly in my sandy loam.  I want them though so I divide them every year and pot them up.  Euphorbia fireglow and similar will send roots metres away as do many artemisias. Lysimachia too. Artemisias will take over if you have the wrong varieties....limelight is an absolute nightmare as is houttynia chameleon.  Bamboos of course are notorious thugs in the main.....only recently a neighbour had her bamboo dug up last summer and it is now sending up shoots over her and hee neighbour's garden

I am growing some new to me plants this year and I will watch them carefully.

get to know your plants and take precautions 

Pruning a ceanothus

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 07:50


can't make up my mind if I like Zanzibar or not.

you can't hard can take a risk and some will say you can.   I look after this plant for a friend and it is relatively big.  I prune after has started flowering already.....and I do so by shaping only rather than by selective "proper" pruning.  So I use shears to make a variegated mound for the rest of the year.  I never cut into old wood but only as far as green leaves on each stem.  This shrub must be 10 years at least and still looks good.

as with all ceanothus they can suddenly die....pruned or not. Take cuttings in lste Spring and use hormone powder (fresh.) 

hope this help 

jap acer

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 07:41

Morning mavis 

where the branch was damaged I would tidy it up with a clean cut. Otherwise leave well alone.  In many places growth has been slow so it is a normal event this year.  However,,things are now moving.  Bet you will notice a difference within a couple of weeks

have fun in the garden 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 07:37

Ended up atop neighbour's sycamores last evening.  I was "caught" with my binoculars and when questioned said I was looking for slugs....think I got away with it 

ha ha.....neighbour wanted me to cut back some of his sycamores ...."bit too high" for him he said.  And his  gh was not far away.  Well, I'm not happy either with heights.    Anyway job done and i was promised a token of thanks 


Posted: 06/05/2016 at 22:39

Can you sing it for us tetley 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 22:37

One or two say this is a "free" forum but most are. plus the money is generated indirectly by us who participate (and reapond to ads, offers and the like.

there is a lot of knowledge, wit and experience on the forum right now.  


Posted: 06/05/2016 at 21:06

Fred, it is a fantastic grass ...i have clumps as much as 2 metres across in the ground but also in large pots. In pots they create a waterfall effect...really lovely

in a pot mpc is not enough....ok, not a reason for your plant not shooting yet (don't worry it soon will).....a good john innes compost with added dried manure will feed and encourage vigorous growth 


Posted: 06/05/2016 at 20:31

Fred, mine are all several inches tall.  A new variety bought over the winter is also a couple,of inches tall.  However, things are early here

to boost growth water it well.  It works. it is unlikely to have died over winter. 

how are,you growimg it?  It needs good moist soil! 

Nora & the team, web test & feedback

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 20:26

Well, sanjy. that was interesting and informative 

the powers that be should be taking it all on board

Stubborn dry soil in the shady end of the garden

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 18:41 edit button 

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