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Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:25

Always use plastic pots.....they are more hygienic/sterile I feel for cuttings.  I think the air, space, drainage thing applies to both terra and plastic. Besides, isn't it only logical and feels right to place cuttings around the rim?.

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:22

Brenda, those black patches are prob areas of dying moss.  I would wait a couple of weeks yet to see if grass grows there.

Planting out hydrangeas

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:17

So many people buy plants in flower before their narural time.  the plants brought on, forced, to look pretty early and, as said already, those flowers were produced inside a greenhouse facility. When this happens to me I remove the flowers....and harden off of course.

keep it well watered Birdy....the name tells you it likes water...and it will settle down nicely.  Possibly it wont,produce flowers next might...but will do a year later 

How to

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 22:09

Valerie, remember those echinaceas will now start to grow well with the warmer weather. wouldnt dig them up now but I always growmin pots before,planting out.   Still have several in 3 litre pots now to plant out when sure of their colours.


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:13

Yes but a conservatory would be better over winter.  Or take late cuttings to stand in warm kitchen

border design help

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:11

Dont over contrive it amberspy.  

Lots of white choices....guaras like whirling butterflies will produce hazy lightness swaying in the slightest breezes.  Geum totally tangerine is similar style.  A couple of each of these will set a delicate touch. White varieties of phlox, campanulas, malvas, dianthus, veronicas, argyranthemums, veronicastrums, echinaceas, astrantias, tiarellas, etc. are all lovely plants.  Other oranges include echinacea, dahlias, dwarf kniphofias, gazanias, arctotis, agastaches, heleniums, hemerocallis.

a variety of height and form is important too


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:00

Yes steve.  The earlier you take the cuttings the better the plants to over winter.  Just keep reasonably dry then.

lyn, I guess most things will be propagated by seed but never known osteos to do this themselves.  Of course,,cuttings will be true to the parent.

oh!  Meant to memtion Gweek Variegated osteospermums.  prob tender even in east cornwall but survive here. atop vsriegated foliage glistening white flowers all summer. cuttings easy too.  Voltage yellow is another brilliant osteo proving hardy here

Fox gloves

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:52

Must grow more foxgloves several white currently

How to

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:23

Valerie, a girl after my own heart. love grasses,,phormiums,,heleniums,etc

rusty red grasses? carex buchanii....upright,,erect,,evergreen,,foxy red. Comans bronze is beautifully tactile, mound forming with lighter red brown foliage. uncinia unciniata rubra is maroon to bright red...according to time of year, soil,,sunshine etc and again is evergreen. Cqrex testacea is olive copper colour and evergreen.  Pennisetum rubrum may not survive winters for you but is a delightfully red summer grass. I also grow imperata red baron...the leaves are now turning bright red.  For taller grasses check out panicum shenandoah...leaves already have touches of crimson and grows about 5' high. however, try the chyenne echinaceas....they are easier.

phormiums?  Sundowner is excellent. Dazzler is maroon red.

dahlia bishop of llamdaff is wonderful with most heleniums esp moreheim beauty as is lobelia tanya which has red leaves. dahlia after eight has the blackest foliage topped with white flowers that you might like.  Acteas too with their dark,,almost black foliage.

How to

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 18:58

Hiya Lyn

no, Im a lazy so and so.  Bought seaweed concentrate online and it seems good.  (Raw seaweed though ised to be a regular mulch throughout the garden.....bags and bags of I appreciate the value of it.  Always applied it in autumn and the winter rains washed out the salt so come the spring it was in perfect comdition for plants)

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