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Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:06

I agree with you nut.  It needs sun for those black leaves.  Sutherlands gold needs sun for its yellow leaves. 

I have to say I struggled initially with Sutherlands gold when Grown on dryish soil. I don't think acid or alkaline soil really makes a difference but too rich a soil does in my opinion.  I tried to grow it in  my richly manured veg patch and it hated it. Just ordinary open conditions I think.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:20

Hiya dolgarrog

I grow a few of these.  Bearing in mind they happily survive outside down here I suggest you do following:

Keep them in their pots and keep in GH.  Let them dry off and don't water over winter.  They need good feeding and watering and a good early start if they are to flower early and well.  I usually dig some up to pot on leaving big clumps in GH or under a cloche and wrapped in fleece.  

Think they are hardier than dahlias ...slightly.  The reason I dig them up occasionally is because they get so big and spread.  Right now I have them still flowering at more than 7', some more than that.  They prob started to flower in late August.

John Wayne is big leggy!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:08

Hjya sarahsgarden

This is something I have to do for a friend soon.  Hers too is leaning and very congested.

What I propose to do is wait until the catkins have gone over in spring.  Fun and games, but I will get under the tree and cut out some of the oldest branches back to the main stem. There will be quite a lot.  Then I will look to prune back the remaining branches to downward facing buds. I want to try and recreate a "skirt" of light branches.   Then I will try to stake it....probably with a couple of stout stakes.  Really, if mine, I would have already pruned it every spring.  

It's not the easiest thing to stake an already leaning tree....??ou will need another's help.

bamboo

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 12:53

Sorry bigolob, as far as I'm concerned ALL bamboos spread.  I went for the clump formers a few years back but noticed they spread alarmingly in my light sandy soil and even more so in the richer soil at the back.  now, they are all removed

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 09:11

Hiya Coys.   Hmm, not sure about gardens 4 you.  Perhill nurseries supply small plamts that will soon bulk up next year.  

Dont be too much in a hurry. Get some idea in your head....maybe go through your options and eliminate those you are unsure about.  We all want something else once we have decided what we want.  Your bed will look nice whatever you plant. Many perennials can be bought and divided now to make an impact next summer.....saving a few pennies.  And maybe go for annuals too next year

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 08:46

Howdy there forkers .  Looks promising today albeit the threat of the odd shower is there 

Hope to comtinue planting up my new border.  Still just as much colour ...dahlias, for example, just as floriferous now as they were during the summer.....so not going to cut too much down just yet.

It looks like that would be burglar.  (had warning flash up then...think a swear word was anticipated there ) injured himself.  Apparently he fell on his back .....young guy with too much to drink.. 

japanese anemone

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 00:17

Hiya nut.  I would plant out ASAP.  Not sure it would make much difference cutting the foliage back as it would be naturally dying down anyway.  

Be wary of where you plant them though..they will spread.....alarmingly so when established. ..and disrupt all other plants in the border.

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:14

Oops!  I've doubled myself...that's painful. 

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:13

I keep mine to about 70 cm and it's about 8 years old.  In the summer, when flowerimg, it adds another 40 cm or so but then it's trimmed back again.  Heathers not to your liking.?   I grow a mumber of heathers imcludimg one called Foxhollow whichnah s yellow evergreen foliage with new growth of orange??  Catmint is a shorter version of lavender but spreads a bit more.  Did you want something,to,hang over your edges or something to stand proud of them?  

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:12

I keep mine to about 70 cm and it's about 8 years old.  In the summer, when flowerimg, it adds another 40 cm or so but then it's trimmed back again.  Heathers not to your liking.?   I grow a mumber of heathers imcludimg one called Foxhollow which nas yellow evergreen foliage with new growth of orange??  Catmint is a shorter version of lavender but spreads a bit more.  Did you want something,to,hang over your edges or something to stand proud of them?  

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