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Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:37

Swiss sue.  You don't menation what varieties of pennisetum you have.....some are extremely tender......pennesitum rubrum varieties need to be over wintered indoors at a min of 4degrees.

Agree with WillDB,  cut back most grasses in spring.  Here, where it's mild, I can get away with cutting them back in autumn and they are fine.  I also cut back tenuissima hard and divide them In spring.  

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 23:30

I think Japanese anemones, as you describe JIMMY, are a little different to Wild Swan.  The former spread quickly underground and have,,usually, a lot of vigour.  Wild swan for me seems reliably floriferous and robust.  Perhaps different soils or climate or physiological conditions come into the reckoning.  As I said before, plugs don't seem reliable 

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 23:20

Bizzybee, a cold greenhouse should be fine.  if in a cold area or when you get a very cold spell have some fleece to hand.  Wouldn't put in dark garage though.  

Just about every cutting of Amistad seems to root ....and grow during the winter down, despite my own advice to the contrary, I have potted mine up into 9cm pots.  However just keep on the dry side and in good light.  They will grow aamazingly fast in spring so pot on a few tImes then.  My own produced plants in excess of 7' from last year's cuttings 

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:24

Envious!  Not much autumn colour in my part of the world.  Too mild I guess.  Have eye catching orange/red  foliage on deciduous azalea though.  Plenty of flowers to compensate 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:12


Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:09

WillDB, I love anemone wild swan.  Got 3 of 'em. My feeling is they are best bought as decent size plants.

mine grow in good neutral soil, some shade from other perennials but in open positions.  For me some decent sunshine is important.  they all flowered all summer here.  So your client's potential spot seems ideal.  

Creating Privacy

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:03

Berbersis darwinii is a prickly dark green tough as old boots evergreen.  It has orange yellow flowers in spring that are very attractive,  easily pruned to remain compact.  Fairly fast growing

Senecio greyii is evergreen too...more wide than high ...with silver grey evergreen leaves and bright yellow flowers in spring.

hardy fuschias produce quick growth and summer flowers

as a hedge without flowers taxus superb.  Tough, evergreen and easily trimmed.  Taxis Aurea varieties have yellow/olive foliage brighter in summer

hebes down here make superb flowering hedges too

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 20:33

Christine Walkden should be the presenter of GW.  Knowledgeable, her style and enthusiasm is infectious and she knows her stuff.  

I remember she had a series a few years back and that was enjoyable too.


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:56

After a beautiful day it's getting colder now.  8 degrees tonight or less. And dark.....golden leaves on Cornus  Aurea showing  up beautifully though


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 13:31

Glad you are feeling chirpier Matty 

beautiful, even warm, day today.  Loverly 

car service today so walked home from garage this morning....2 miles or so....and enjoyed it.  Car ready lunchtime so return walked.  Got discount on bill too....haggle for everything.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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