Verdun


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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:12

Hiya Punkdoc......not sure solicitors actually achieve very much and often make things worse.    Often a solicitor's letter can lead to a need to compromise..??

You are right though the days are definitely longer, albeit seemingly colder since spring officially announced.  And things are growing......all sorts of perennials are moving.  

Evergreen Shrubs

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:05

What about a holly Allspotz?  Golden King and Handsworth New Silver make superb specimen plants.  You can keep them pruned....mine are trimmed annually to their natural comical shape 

dahlias

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:00

Hiya Hazel.  Pretty comprehensive answer I'd say 

dahlias

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 15:47

Mac, if only to show others here, cut off one piece with a stem or two .....a decent clump of tubers ....and pot up as I suggested earlier.  

 treat the remainder of the clump and use the "eye" method.  

Compare. 

Let us know how you get on 

Reviving an elderly Peiris

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 15:39

Novice

give it a dose of sequestere iron.  epsom salts is a good tonic now and then.  Give it an ericaceous feed too once a momth during the growing season 

don't over water it...I'm guessing your compost is pretty wet 

hopefully, spring will produce new growth 

dahlias

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:38

Stems on tubers work well.  Does nobody else know or do this?   Bigger, better, earlier plants !!

Windy alley

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 13:18

welcome cornishchick......well, you are in the best county by far 

can you post a picture?  

griselinia, hebes, olearias, phormiums, Euonymous, eleagnus, berberis darwinii, escallonia, and a lot more will grow there.

will one strategically placed evergreen provide your shelter?  Or do you want a hedge?  A picture will help if you can

dahlias

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 13:10

Mac, are there several stems? If so try to pull apart. If not use a sharp knife to get 2 or 3 large clumps each with a stem.  Any cut tubers try to cut away from the clump and pot up in pots of dry mpc (you may need .3 or even 5 litre pots) and keep in gh ...cover with fleece if cold.  When you see new shoots start a little watering.  

this is how I propagate dahlias and achieve very large plants every year 

Talkback: Dahlia and cosmos pot display

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 13:02

 Cosmos and dahlias together in a pot?? 

A vigorous dahlia will simply swamp the cosmos.  A dwarf vsriety will be swamped by tall cosmos.  Not a partnership for me 

alstromeria

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 12:44

GH for a while Eileen in pots 

a frost will damage any new shoots right now.  Plant out when nice and bushy and after last frosts 

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