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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:56

I think nut knows we are glad to,have her back

Perenials - cutting back for second flush

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:53

Hiya chicky.   Well, echinaceas are cut back bit earlier really but did one or two fortnight back.  When I buy any I always remove flower stems, even now, but no later than another week or so.  I bought echinacea milkshake and summer sun 3 weeks ago, cut off the would be flower stems and they are now showing their new buds.  Shorter, stockier but should flower for lomg time.  I find they need a reasonable supply of moisture too.....I know they are "prairie" plants but they have become so hybridised they aren't so adept at surviving and my opinion.  So chicky, I would water a little....they will prob flower next month.

I don't cut back for second flush on echinaceas.  I do it for a better, longer flowering period in mid to late summer.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:46

Yes I enjoyed mr Titchmarsh tonight.  Pure sentiment but, at last, a garden with sort of garden.  Pure escapism. Lovely

My healthy looking potentilla fruiticosa

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:41

Ellie, Ellie, Ellie.   Dont prune it this or next year.   Wot u like eh?

Talkback: How to remove lawn weeds

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:37

I simply spot spray weeds.  Easy.

Black currant - no fruit

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:36

Blackcurramts need to be pruned differently to other currants.  However, that is an issue for next year when, hopefully, you will get a crop of fruit.  No fruit for this year then raspberry fool but make sure you,feed well now.....a good organic granular feed.....and reasonable watering. I,would also feed again in early spring

Nothing quite like blackcurramt pie and clotted....Cornish....cream


Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:31

Honeysuckles do not like to dry out too much...billyC, before you dig up old plant consider if your soil is a bit dry there.  Another honeysuckle is,likely to do the same.  I think lack of water is the problem

Perenials - cutting back for second flush

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:04

Hiya rachel

Argyranthemums, most daisies, osteospermums, lupins if cut early, heleniums, buddleias, Heucheras, verbena rigida, homestead purple and other varieties ( not bonariensis) tender salvias, echinaceas (I cut back hard earlier in the year though). You can delay dahlias. If you want to, by cutting back half way now.  astrantias too can be cut back now for possible re flowering.....not always guaranteed but usually get something.  Anthemis, like mrs Buxton, can also be cut back now.  Many annuals like cosmos can be cut back to new shoots too

lettuce article in what to do now

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 19:47

I do,it both ways but sowing in pots is better.....for me.

Planting out lettuces from 9 cm pots ensures regular spacing and better plants. Looks better too in the rows!  As long as you water well when planting and then for week or so after the lettuces grow fast.

Talkback: Field bindweed

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 19:41

Bindweed is easy to eradicate.  Persistence is, spray perhaps 3 times in the growing season.  Had lots of it but now nothing at all.  Spray when first new clump emerges (don't wait until its grown a foot or more).  Spraying these rosettes means less chemical needed.  Keep watch for further shoots and spray these.  A full growing season of this treatment ensures success.  I have used the cane treatment too when a shoot has escaped my eye and this works well too. ,

I am currently clearing a friend's garden of bindweed, nettles, etc that has been neglected for years and with the same success.  You need to decide,on at least 3 summer sprays and do it

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