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Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:52

For perennials, shrubs etc I think fish blood and bone is best with your annual  top dressing.  An occasional spray of seaweed extract helps too with trace minerals etc. won't go far wrong with this......producing good strong healthy growth without overdoing the nutrients.  

Kerria Japonica

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:46

Sue, hiya.

I would use super strength glyphosate......wait another 3 weeks or so and use then. gardeners need advice about plants other than size, colour etc.  this is a very invasive plant.  

If you can cut the woody stems back to almost ground level you can paint SBK onto the cut exposed ends.  This also is very effective and can be done now.

smallish daphne other shrubs

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:24

Can highly recommend Standishii.  Superb, tolerant of a wide range of comditions easy and colourful.  

Santolina lemon fizz is beautiful evergreen yellow fragrant mound.  Put next to berberis atro nana or pittosporum Tom thumb.

Daphme eternal fragrance produces flowers at odd times throughout the year......quite fragrant.  

evergreen shrub die-back

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:26


I would not cut them back just yet.  Or be tempted to "fiddle" with them. 

I suspect the very wet prolonged conditions are the cause.

I would wait a few more weeks 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:19

Wettish here.  Think it's clearing.  If so it hasn't been too bad.

Sorry to hear about your mishaps fidget.  

Talking of cannas KEF mine are growing away strongly in the garden and in large pots.  

Cant agree we need more rain though.  Although I have free draining soil the ground has been saturated everywhere for weeks so dry weather please.  

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:58


Hi.  I understand your position.  So many sedges....prefer grasses but grow a few smaller varieties of identify but I think you will be able to grow them there again, albeit from smaller clumps to enable establishment

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:54

Novice let them grow on for the summer, potting on if necessary.  

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:40

It would be interesting to know which sedge you have.....description?  And Bamboogle is right on both counts....they are usually hard to kill amd they mostly like lots of moisture.  

I notice you said the base of the plant was very solid.....did you loosen this before replanting?  Did you water very well?  Also, it would naturally appear to suffer initially and then make new growth in the spring.

So. I would loosen the rootball, add goodly amount of compost and water well.  Then wait for few more weeks to see if re growth occurs.  

I would not line the hole as you suggest.  Fertiliser isn't really necessary but dried manure mixed with compost and your soil should do the trick. 

Its not advisable to replant with the same family of plants but it doesnt mean it wont grow there again. If its what you want to continue  growing there then go for it 

gardening and mental health

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:21

Nicely said Mike 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:17

Getting windy but dry.  Rain soon though.

Can't grow good roses here either Pam.  Not best area for them.

Hope everyone has a good day 

 Hope your mum is better KEF. 

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