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Winter Care for Imperata 'Red Baron'

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:38

I grow Imperata .  Mild here so have never lost mine over winter in more than 15 years

However, I divide them now and then and I have some in small pots now. These will go in the GH over winter. I keep it dryish but not too dry.  Here I won't fleece but in cold areas probably best to do that.

In summer I find additional waterings produce taller lusher foliage ...currently 2 to 3' high still with that wonderful maroon colouring


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 23:51

Looking good their Winnie ........grasses can look so classy and elegant as you have shown 

yew prunings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 23:49

Do they still want yew  cuttings Jennifer?  I know they did a few years back.  I have several varieties of yew cuttings that I,would gladly  contribute.

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 23:43

Yes, yviestevie, mine are in the  ground.  However, before I drench I create a slight ditch around each plant to hold,the mixture.  

I too do as Berghill  suggests and use the material as cuttings


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:01

Or even donuts    Think how many you  could get for £20 


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:48

Glorious weather.   Still is 

A group of visitors walking past invited  themselves in to take a video of the garden.  As with everybody, I said you should have seen it last week   (cos it is fading bit by bit now)

Mum is  now in her nursing home.  Got there first to help her settle but,,boy!  do I feel guilty.  I'm determined to try and get some improvement in her. 

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:37

I have just treated all my Heucheras  to vine  weevil killer drench.  I repeat this in spring.

Most Heucheras are attacked by vine weevils and need to be treated or they are lost.

Nematodes are a good organic alternative but these need to be used in mid spring and again no later than end of September.  

Bob, lucky you.  The yellows are so difficult for me but I,think its because light levels are pretty high down here.  I keep trying and experimenting and getting some success at last.  


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:35

Remember a mate getting pood on.  All,over his hair amd face.....runny doesn't cover it .  He hated it when I said it luck good luck.  A few swear words!  Great fun...wasn't me see? 

House Spiders

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:32

Blimey............just seen a huge spider.  8" across, yes Tootles this one squeaked too but it sounded like a lion.  The tips of its legs we're tinged with red ..blood I'm sure of it.  I closed the door but I can hear it scratching and banging.  Heard that a bite from a spider can paralyse a human in seconds and will consume one during the winter period.   

Don't  get me talking about giant butterflies ........

salvia - hotlips

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:23

Take a few cuttings but they are easy. I agree now is not the best time to move it (although I do move plants about myself right now ) 

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