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Date palms

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:12

Dong grow it Hyacinth.

they grow well down here in Cornwall but beware of their vicious foliage.  

I had 2 in my garden but removed them because of their foliage.  They look exotic. They are not really a garden plant. 

Good drainage and not too hardy in cold areas I Think

a big no from me


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 07:45

Hiya nodlisab 

cut them back now and use for cuttings.  They will root in a few weeks.  A light granular feed and light mulch then for your pot

......the good guys

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 07:42

Depends on whether the quality of the plants is good or not.  If a good size plant is dispatched and well packed yet fails to grow and the supplier immediately replaces it with the same quality then, to me, that's a good guy.

bare root perennials rarely are worth it and most of,the bad guys supply plants like this 


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 07:37

morning folks

enjoyyour birthday treat  Chcky.

wet here....not much chance of any sun today I think.

this Clarkson thing is all about publicity. ,ok, the prog doesn't need it but there are a few egos there.  However, if it's a sackable offence for everyone else then it's a sackable offence for Clarkson

......the good guys

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:19

It's how a supplier responds to a problem that determines a good guy or not.  

Holly ID please

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 21:33

Kev, yes green and white leaf on Handsworth.  

Dahlia tuber drying out

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 21:01

Mike, they need moisture.  I would pot them up and lightly water them to plump them up.  They arent in need of more warmth.

i have several clumps that are now receiving light watering. the more shoots the more water.  

How cruel is this?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 20:18

It's ok flumpy. I'll be alright I guess !

Dividing Aubretia

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:30


right.....only planted last year so I wouldnt try to divide them now.  Do nothing to them now...just let them flower and then shear them hard. foliage turns yellowish at first but then quickly greens up with growth.

yes, you can divide aubretia.  However, only with reasonable size clumps.  I use a trowel or spade to cut a piece off digging down to get a good lump of soil with it.  Small aubretia hasn't enough fibrous roots to cut this way and will probably die.  

Not sure about pegging down aubretia stems either.  I use this system, pegging down, for many plants including osteospermums but not for aubretia.

so, for me, a little patience is called for.  Allow aubretia to clump up naturally and then take pieces from it

How cruel is this?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:21

Don't have any chocs!   And she is making those cupcakes front of me. 

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