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Posted: 24/03/2016 at 16:44

Melvyn, just about still a good time to move it now.

i would cut the branches down by half,  dig/prepare the recipient hole making it as generous as possible, then dig as wide a rootball as possible.  Have a bag of ericaceous compost to hand, mycchorhizal fungi, and some organic pelleted/granular fertiliser to hand. 

Apply a scattering of mycchorhizal fungi to base of the recipient hole and present the plant so that the roots are in contact with it. Mix soil and compost and fertilizer and backfill. Allow a slight sump and water well.  Allow to drain and water again.  Prune back hard to just a few buds from the ground.  You will lose flowers for a couple of years. 

next day or so apply a thick mulch....dried manure mixed with compost is fine.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:42

Nice pics Marion. the aeonium is a favourite of mine.  Got a couple still outside 

Autumn flowering tall yellow daisies

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:28

And the crocus Punkdoc....they were huge . And raining here now  still warm though 

Autumn flowering tall yellow daisies

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:02

Have to disagree about H Lemon my experience it does require staking, in its second year it will get even taller despite a mid season chop, the foliage is coarse and it seeds too much.  Too big a plant for a limited space 

lovely colour though 

Help with plants for new bed

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 12:03


be careful you dont overplant can look messy and "bitty" and squashed.  

Aster frikartii monch is worth checking out...long flowering.  Lavendar blue flowers for weeks.  Your jap anemones can spread as does crocosmia so your space is limited 

Plant Food

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 11:56

Pretty much as fidget blood and bone is unbeatable as a general feed for plants and as a tonic for the soil.

seaweed spray is excellent too.  Epsom salts as an annual or bi annual tonic for tomatoes,,ericaceous plants and plants like lupins growing in neutral or slightly alkaline soils 

Plant recommendations for shaded pots.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 11:51


hackonechloa is a deciduous but beautiful yellow grass with tones of red and orange.  Lovely mounded then cascading habit.

uncinia unciniata rubra is evergreen ...foxy red.  Carex buchannii taller with similar red foliage.  Bowles Golden Grass is totally and stems.  Very nice.  Ophiopogon is black grass like evergreen. Carex testacea has unique olive evergreen foliage.

 Yellow heucheras are excellent in shade

impatiens are excellent for disease resistant varieties. Liriopes are grass like evergreens ...blondie is a new white variety.  Hosta White Feather is good in shade too

ferns too esp the jap painted ones are worth checking out



Posted: 24/03/2016 at 08:23

Cassie please tell is where you are...not your address, of course.  Maybe one of us lives nearby!  I would jump at the chance.  Esp if a cuppa and a bikkie or two were on offer 

Its great you have the desire and imagination to garden.. I can feel your frustration.  Do you have a local Age Concern you could approach?   

You clearly have a lot of support here even if not the physical help you require.  There must be people locally who can help you...just spread the word as much as you can.

wish you well Cassis.  Let us know how things develop 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 08:12

Fairy, seconds indeed!  I resemble the insinuation I am greedy 

(I usually finish off others' plates though.....well, it makes sense 

Bushes Growing Top Heavy

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 07:54

Agree with Tetley here.  Leylandii needs tough control 

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