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Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:33

Susan, I would pot it up of its still a plug.  Plants will soon be growing fast so,if you can pot up and pot up again according to its growth ??ou will have a good size plant for the garden.  Yep,,,,,great bee magnet and butterflies too.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:26

Fidget, not a cabriolet alas.  No soft top.  

Dove said I can borrow hers for weekends though. 

Fidget, you have tops top?  Nice.  Used to drive sports cars all the time as a youngster and the hood was rarely closed.  Even in winter.  Great fun.  They were healey sprites. Mgbs, midgets and Spitfires.  Fun days and the sun always seemed to shine.  But, boy was I a poser!!!!!  

 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:18

Disspirited accountant.....boring....., salesman...loved that.... and charity organiser ...in that order.  Sold everything from insurance, to fire extinguishers, to home products. As a charity organiser I did everything from sponsorships to recruitment to publicity, to accounting, to etc.    

Would go into horticulture if I started again.  In my day it wasn't  a proper career to pursue.  hated it when young.  Love it now.

For hellebore enthusiasts.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:30

I would love to be there fidget.

Lots of plusses being in west Cornwall but so far from ashwoods and the rest.  

There is a local breeder of hellebores opening her garden soon so will go there.

If you see a dark green hellebore I would value your opinion on it.  I'm very sceptical that there is a dark green but if so I will grab it. 

Enjoy your visit........sooooooo envious 

Astrantia major

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:19

Forester,

Dry soils are fatal to astrantias.  So, did you plant them in dry poor soil?   Try in partial shade with some moisture and some dried manure, chicken pellets incorporated.  Astrantias can supply flowers for a very lomg time so worth some effort.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:16

Fidget, it's the latest Zimmer frame ....like Doves but with power steering!  

Went for 208 with parking sensors, touchscreen, sat nav, alloys, dab radio etc.  it's the economy that clinched it..... Over 60 mpg on petrol, no road tax .  And BLACK.  Never had a black car before despite wanting a black sports car, black mini, etc. over the years.  

Problem though....the gear stick is an odd shape not conducive to supporting donuts and onion rings.  Might blu tak a loo roll holder there.....painted black,,of course 

Astrantia major

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:33

Bit early really.

Can I show off?  New growth coming on some of mine but I am in sunny cornwall.....er wet Cornwall 

All will come In time.  That's the beauty of gardening.  Day by day now new growth will be appearing 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:29

Philippa, I too struggled with Viallii. ,think punkdoc is correct.  They do seem naturally short lived but I realised vine weevil were especially partial to them, more so than any other primula. 

I succeeded best when I divided my Viallii after flowerimg.....for me they are the last to flower......and potted the divisions up.  John innes compost was better than mpc too,for me.  then planted out again in autumn 

Division served two purposes.......controlled weevils and rejuvenated my plants. 

 

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:21

Buddleia buzz are not quite like usual buddleias.  You won't see them growing anywhere in the wild.  I suspect they may be a little more tender too.

Pruning and cuttings as for standard buddleias but soil needs to be good I think for Buzz.

Always ready to be corrected if anyone is growing Buzz in poor soil.  Have one doing well in my back garden but a neighbour has one in poor soil that has struggled.  Just added Ivory recently and this too will go in a good soil spot.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:12

Lily......why no cream buns for me.  You know I like you best of all 

What exactly were the cream buns?  Eclairs, elephant feet?  Cream donuts, apple turnovers?  

Got my car ....last minute haggling saw me get the car I want for the price I wanted plus couple of goodies.  Saved a penny or two

Rains has stopped here.  Just taken spike for his run on the Towans......lovely 

 

 

 

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