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Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 07:56

If we hold our nerve and dismiss the increasingly silly and desperate claims made by Cameron and his chums we will vote to leave EU.  Mark my words though Cameron will stoop much lower yet.  

I have never been so aware before of how much Cameron simply lies. if only we had a strong principled leader 

Is Cornwall the best or is Cormwall the best?

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 07:37

We have considered blowing up the little bit of land that joins us to england 


Posted: 15/05/2016 at 07:31

Julie, interesting.  

Rigda IS a weed in the sense it does spread and spread.  I dig it up every year, divide and pot it.  It doesnt shoot until late...mine still look dead last time I checked.  Homestead Purple is different...yes, it spreads but near the surface but not aggressively so.   Rigida spreads deep down. Your runner is indeed rigida. Its what it does. 

The blues of both rigida and Homestead are delightful but the former is one to beware of.  The former likes it moist;  the latter likes it drier.  

Rigida will be a menace unless totally comtrolled Julie 

if you grow invasive plants darren your precious plants will be swamped and ruined.  I grow plants galore and value them enough not to allow imvasive thugs in

Last edited: 15 May 2016 07:34:25

The Chelsea chop

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 22:06

DyersEnd, if you saw my photos last year you would have seen one of my Rozannes 10' across and 3' high, full of flower right through to autumn.  So not a chelsea chop candidate on this one.  Another, where space is more limited I cut back in mid summer...not a chelsea chop.....and it re flowers again quickly.

there really is no point to chopping back now.  A feed and mulch will do a lot to boost it

Spring flowers and interest in november

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:45

Prevents helleborus black spot, provides opportunity to clear debris around the plant, enables feeding and mulching and creates space for new flowers to be seen right from those big fat buds emerging from the ground

Houttyana cordata

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:42


The Chelsea chop

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:40

Many perennials benefit from the chelsea chop......cant think offhand of any shrubs though because they would be pruned according to when they flower.  

For me, sedums and heleniums always get the chop 

what is attacking my geraniums & pansies

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:34

Hardy geraniums or,pelargoniums?

in any case I think all those problems are because your plants are too dry 

Houttyana cordata

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:30

Well,PP, your instincts were spot on.  It most certainly is a thug, worse than any indigenous weed. 

But, don't chuck it out.  Despite previous comments, I think this has a pleasant smell of orange.  It has a kaleidoscope of colour especially in sun and has white flowers.  

so, where to put it?  In a pot in good john innes moist soil and keep a saucer under it to retain water.  Grow it in a pond...again in a pot 

Spring flowers and interest in november

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:20

Euphorbia rubra...evergreen foliage from maroon to almost black at times and yellow flowers in spring. Hellebores for me too except I remove foliage in late October/November 

pieris......beautiful white spring flowers, red new leaves and evergreen foliage.....for acid soil though.  Azaleas, kalmias and rhododendrons too if acid soil.

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