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Posted: Yesterday at 08:43

Lyn, I have said this before....agapanthus thrive down here without any restriction. I grew them in the garden here and they flowered superbly.  They spread a lot too.  I regularly divided them.  Now I grow them in pots, simply because they started to take over too much, but intend to return them to the ground,

in summer on the Mount...St Michael's Mount ...and in several fields opposite agapanthus flowers abundantly without restriction so I am not convinced about having to grow them in containers for them to flower.  Many gardens down here grow agapanthus in the ground 

The calm before the storm

Posted: Yesterday at 08:31

Like you Lyn, here in W Cornwall we got off lightly.  This morning it is calm and sunny.

sorry you suffered damage there aym.  

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:15


you were unlucky.

I have purchased delphiniums, trachelospermum, several large clematis and honeysuckles, hellebores and more over the past couple of months.  Everything...everything...has been first class.  Plants were in excellent condition.  For me online and local nurseries is the way to go.

Online suppliers are usually excellent now so don't let one bad experience put you off.  

Get back to Crocus and tell them of your experience.  

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 19:56

Uzrya, Paddocks Plants are excellent....much cheaper and better than Crocus.  Plants from £3 50.  

I buy loads of plants online.......the best way to buy plants.  There is a thread called "the good guys" where we have listed the best suppliers.  A much wider choice of plants. 

Aym, I know we love Wild Swan but it is not really a plant for the beginner

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:49

No good at making tables aym !!!! 

Uzrya, check your soil and conditions there .....get a ph test done (cheap and easy).  is your soil light and free draining or does it seem heavy and wet?  Is it sunny or shady?

are there any garden NURSERIES near you?  Plants are much cheaper and the nursery owners will happily suggest plants for you to grow and how to grow them.

evergreens are important but don't underestimate the value and beauty of plants that die down or lose their leaves in winter.  garden centres are stocking small perennials just now and these will grow away very quickly at this time of year.

hardy geraniums are good "fillers"....Blue varieties like Rozanne will make large mounds of blue flowers all summer long.  Salvias like Caradonna will give you spikes of blue flowers for weeks in summer.  Heucheras are evergreen but with red, orange, yellow and green foliage.....mostly white flowers.  

Dont forget a couple of scented plants....daphnes, sarcoccocas, and witch hazels for example.  

I would suggest you plant out lots of summer annuals......sow seed or buy plug plants.  After summer you will have a better idea of what plants you want. 

During the summer we publish photos of our plants so maybe you will see something you like.

Night Phlox

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 16:01

I agree with pbff.....that is exactly what I would do now.   Clear away any dead leaves around it too.

Plants do not like to be covered for too long esp during mild spells in winter.  Condensation, almost permanently damp leaves, etc. would encourage mould.

it is an annual/short term perennial so you have done well Runny. 

As much fresh air as possible during the day then cover again at night time.

sow fresh seed too.  

Yuka revival

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:54

Yuccas are almost indestructible, at least those well established outside.  They are very difficult to eradicate then

I would do nothing Ally trial and error.  No watering or feeding.  Just see how it goes over the next few weeks.  

I suspect you may have over potted it.  

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:34

Grrrrrr, I paid 8 x that. ,

will check out seeds there later Mark 

Think hydrangea is dead

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:32

Hate that membrane is over used too much.    Destroys soil life, looks ugly and plants struggle.  

Metalmama, if you have concrete there nothing will grow.  Perhaps go for a container and plant it up

at least now you know your hydrangea died of thirst and not by being cut back 

The calm before the storm

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:24

Hello Jacqueline 

we missed the worst of Storm Doris down here in W Cornwall.  

was windy but now just breezy. In the garden it is quiet.  However, it is a beautiful day.  Almost total blue sky and warm

echo your sentiments too....keep safe folks as it looks like Doris is causing problems further north....90 mph winds up there.

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