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Posted: 24/11/2015 at 19:32

Wendys wish is a (aussie, I think) cousin of Love and Wishes and a third (name escapes me  for mo).

new one for me...since summer...but it looks pretty tender to me.  I took cuttings in summer which have rooted and I dig up my plant to pot up into 3 litre pot.  Cut back hard.  It is a delightful maroon colour with plenty of vigour ...the equal of Amistad I would guess.  Next winter I will leave outside

(always a shame to cut back salvias here because they still flower well right now)


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:26


you can do all those things.  

If they are of the Microphylla type you can leave them out as they are usually quite hardy.  Milder here than where you are so a little protection is advisable. Dry compost or leaves will help.

i also dig them up....did this yesterday with S .Leucanthemum....more tender.  I dug a large plant up and cut it in half, trimmed roots and potted up into 2 3 litre pots of mpc.  These are in gh.  In additional I cut a couple of smaller portions and potted these too.

I grow prob in excess of a dozen varieties varying from very tender to fairly hardy.  Kept dry over winter they do well

should have added there are hardy types and you may well have these.  You can divide these and replant but best left until spring.  These do nof need any protection.

a description or photo will help identify your salvias Cornishpixi

Devon Pinks

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:17

Sunnylou, you cant divide those clumps. you take cuttings...pipings. I took some in September and they are rooted and growing away.  You could try taking cuttings now, bit late really but nothing to lose, by selecting fresh shoots some 3" or so long.  Tidy them up and put in pots of mpc mixed with perlite.  At this time of year I would use 60/40 perlite to mpc.

in spring ...the best same thing. 

Can you put pots on kitchen windowsill?  Small pot with polythene bag?  If not wait until spring.

Perennial plug plants

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 17:58

Esspee, I'm not a fan of special offers esp of bumper collections of different plants.

however, you have done the right thing, viz., potted up and in gh.  Don't worry too much about vemtilation right now.....keep watering to a minimum though and open windows, etc. when conditions are better.  In spring pot on into bigger pots and watch those little plugs grow fast 

As far as being a "sucker", well we have all been there. It's how we learn 


Garden programmes on the web

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:53

Once again thanks kleipieper.  Most enjoyable thread and greatly appreciated.  

Cotinus grace pruning

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:51

Kev, that pinching makes a big difference.  I do this with acer Flamingo and eucalyptus to enhance foliage colour and density.  Doesnt take long 

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:15

Interesting KT53 but I suspect you do not even know what the marked comment was. if you don't no doubt you will hurriedly try to find out but why then post this now?  i feel mischief is intended here. 

Many here have not notiiced or were not offended by it.  The recipient of the comment did not complain and later was as non plussed as most of us.  I am almost tempted to quote the comment but I won' really is a case of making a mountain out of a mole hill.  Of someone not remotely involved choosing to be offended.  Almost on a whim and then took action to close down a whole thread.  

it was NOT the correct thing to do because far worse things are said here.   

It was my thread on a subject raised as a pm to me on a subject that had already stirred opinions.  I notice this subject is still being asked about on another thread.

the poster should have been advised and given the option of withdrawing or apologising.....I think the poster would have done this

I am aware of instances where posters have been upset at times and expressed this.  No supporting comments were posted.  

A precedent has been set now.  The bar has been set ao low that many threads could now be deleted.  Mark my words this will happen again.  Perhaps when it personally affects someone else the injustice of it will be felt.

how can obvious scam or insulting threads persist before being deleted. My thread was deleted almost immediately.  

KT53 you  have resurrected an issue that we all have been trying to overlook by commenting here on other things. i myself have tried to move on by adding my comments on a different subject on this thread.

this action has raised the belief that cliques have developed here.  I hope this is not the case..

I raised a comment earlier today  of far more serious  concern.  Apart from some direct pm's there was no response on the forum.  

 As the person most affected by the removal of this thread will you allow me the last word on this?   I suggest the subject be closed now.  No further fanning of the flames, ok?


Ilex crenata

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:51

The only crenata I grew was one called golden gem...think that was it.  A small very slow grower fact I would say a weak grower.  It didn't do well for me.  Looks nothing like a holly and lacked any "character" for me

The mound forming yews an option perhaps?  

I also grow ligustrum aureum and I like this very much.  Turns butter yellow in spring.  Slow growing but not too slow.  Makes a nice hedge 

jc van tol is a good pollinator for most a single plant ? 

Storing Onions

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:36

edd, I would never win a prize in local show. such competition would spoil my hobby and desire for smaller veg.

GWRS a champion onion grower.  Well done.    Do you change your fertiliser mid season?  Used to use high nitrogen before mid summer then change to high potash for a couple of months and grew aome beauties that way 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:29

Lily, the forum settings do seem a little unpredictive at the moment.  

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