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Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:02


Depends on which echinacea you have.......the old traditional varieties are tough, hardy and robust and won't need protecting.  Pathogens attack some varieties ironically when they are too warm over winter.  Protecting them too much can damage them.

I grow the new varieties.....they are so much more colourful ......and some are in pots amd some in the garden.  I think most every one  has survived but it is mild here.  I would remove that cloche and not worry about it not shooting yet.

Re pictures, I did post pictures of agastaches last year.  My orange varieties (I have 2)  were acquired late summer so did not photo them. One variety was a pale apricot orange that will, this year, make (I hope) a more imposing plant 

white mould on phormium tenax

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:42

I grow a few Phormiums.  I divide them every 2 or 3 years.  One has developed some rot....that wet winter. Phormiums, like many plants, will have hated the weather we have had over past few months.

Best to lift amd divide.  Discard the rottingdiseased pieces and replant healthy parts.  Pull apart and use a knife, if necessary, to cut off any affected bits.  Use fresh compost 

Major boo boo!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:38

My feeling is that it won't really do much if any damage.......possibly leaves will look a little sad for a while....possibly 

Edd, why use it on herbs though?  I have never used any chemical on herbs because they usually are very tough and healthy plants.  Which herbs were they?  Many can be cut back now anyway. 

Agree with Dove......never spray edible crops.  

I use chemicals sparingly.........for vine weevils, for caterpillar infestations occasionally.....but generally garden organically.  No artificial fertilisers, very few slug pellets in early spring and fleece is used for carrot fly and pea moth.  

There is a place for chemicals...we use them in our homes. (you may be surprised at the extent of that).  We control the odd ant invasion, housefly or whitefly atack with chemicals 

Bush advice please

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:27

Maybe not noted for wildlife but choisya is a lovely lush looking evergreen with scented spring/summer flowers.  Easily maintained, can be shaped to encourage a dense mound and bees love it's flowers. Good to look at throughout the year. 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:23

Morning all 

All this talk of colour in the garden.  Tangerine/orange for me is a wonderful addition.  Not loads of it but the occasional splash of to blue or red or even yellow. Currently I have geum Totally Tangerine showing some flowers, some orange wallflowers, polyanthus and hyacinths.  In summer orange echinaceas and agastaches make quite an impact.  

Someone memtioned white.  Some don't like white flowers but I do.  They "go" with everything except another outdoes the other.  White lychnis, Gaura, pinks,  malva, cosmos, anemone wild swan, etc etc etc all light up the garden.  

Raining here.  Not too much but enough maybe to delay my plantIng of clematis grandiflora (white) today.  

Missed many of the posts over past two days so hope everybody is well. 

Photonia Red Robin

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:08

I would move it now.....better a few weeks back though.  

Just make sure you take a good size rootball .....dig a generous trench around it and then lift.  Before that dig your recipient hole so that transplanting is as quick as possible.  Get plenty of compost mixed in with the soil and granular fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  Water well.  Let it drain.  Water well again. ,let it drain.  Mulch with compost 


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:57

Orchid Lady, check for slugs tomorrow morn amd then bring into the GH.  As with all plants, some varieties are more robust than others

(you're not squeamish about slugs are you?  They are lovely things really .....not !  )


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:56

Orchid Lady, check for slugs tomorrow morn amd then bring into the GH.  As with all plants, some varieties are more robust than others

Tree Roots

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:47


Can a small digger get in there?  A cousin....had a row of castlewellan Leylandii removed recently.  Cut half way and then dug out with a digger.

Always best to clear stumps.  They will be a problem for many years otherwise.  

good morning everyone

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:43

Smiler, it's not nice to be wishes to you.

When you cut your conifer try to keep its shape.  Use your secateurs to cut leading shoots to recreate the primary one as leader. Dont cut it flat 

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