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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 

Stubborn dry soil in the shady end of the garden

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 18:40

Yea, always try to incorporate plenty of compost etc at planting time.

brunneras, bergenias spring to mind but liriopes will do well there...check out the almost white Blondy.

arrhenarhera bulbosum is a white "grass" that will light up any shady area.  Heucheras, esp the yelllow, too will enjoy it there.  Geranium Margaret Wilson has light purple flowers on delicate grey foliage. Carex like testacea, acorus Ogon, and ophiopogon nigrescens should be fine.  

For summer try white busy lizzies...they are now disease resistant....

Think my plant as seen better days

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 18:28

Flowerpower, leave it be for now. 

Give it 3 weeks or so and I think it will improve. let us know cos feedback is good 

i would then lightly trim back any stems to new shoots 

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