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how to look after plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:22

Raymond and Michael, and watch out for the sap on your euphorbia.  It's highly caustic ...avoid getting it in your eyes.  When flowering is over cut the entire flowered stem to the ground.  This is when you will see its milky sap.  Best to wear gloves 

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:23

Its a beautiful sunny afternoon here and it just occurred that with me having a birthday this year many .....if not ALL.....of you would like to buy me something rather nice 

Remember, it's not the thought that counts its the value of the pressie 

shrubs for shade

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:16

Oops!  Potentilla is ELIZABETH.  Silly me 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:13

Hiya fidget, should be about 10 different varieties I guess.   Many of the newer varieties are weak and need cosseting so lost 3 or 4 that were no better than annuals even tho sold as perennials.  

I THINK I know how to grow them now.......letting roots builfirst before flowering, some decent compost in decent soil, some moisture, sunshine and not to let them get too warm/humid over winter.  The newer varieties have colours that the old ones simply do not have so worth trying.  


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:05

I'm comfused ..who is who now?  Ha ha 

Pentillie, well it's fine now.  Not sure about next few days but fingers crossed for you.

Plants arrived today.....the echinaceas.  Tiki torch amongst them.  Look good.

Heleniums tomorrow hopefully

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:43


Best plants for covering artificial pond edges?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:31

Acorus Ogon is evergreen grasslike plant that spreads quickly and well.  It will merge pond edges.  on the outside ajuga will spread nicely with reddish foliage and purple flowers and is evergreen.  On the outer edge ferns are perfect.  

Chameleon grows well in the pool....not evergreen but vigorous in foliage colours of red, cream,,pink,,yellow etc and orange scenfed white flowers.  Grows to 50 cm.  lobelia Victoria is a tall purple foliaged perennial with scarlet flowers in mid summer onwards.  Try growing this  lobelia in the shallow edge AND in the ground bordering the pond to create continuity.  Grows 60 plus cm.  all of these grow on the shelf in the pool not in the deep parts of it.  Arum lily too is a consideration.  

Astilbes, primulas, astrantias and a fav grass of mine, viz., hackonochloa which will cascade into the water,  will look good out of the pond but edging it.

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:16

Sounding good Zoomer.  Can you widen entrance for wheelbarrow?

Any pictures re your progress?  


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:09

Rain right now but brightening up and dry, even sunny, weather coming.  Will send some to Emgland if you're good folks 

Decided to replace my dead Acer with helenium.  Prob a red/brown one.  Not quite a similar replacement but think it will look good with plants already there and to go there.   

Its a difficult time of year, isn't it?  Keenness to get out there...planting, sowing, etc....but a few more days delay will prob be better. 

Got plants coming tomorrow.....echinaceas and add to my burgeoning  stock of plants in pots waiting to go out.  

Hope everyone is well 

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:20

I have a few busy guinea type...that I won't need to buy this year.  Took cuttings in autumn and they are now ready for potting on.

Easily rooted in water but better in compost I think.  They more readily adapt to beiNg potted then.

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