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Moving plants

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 22:27

Ok, your pittosporum should move easily enough.  Get as big a rootball as possible. ,have recipient site prepared so as to minimise time not planted.  Pittosporums don't really like being moved so ensure a good soaking after transplanting 

South facing is excellent.  

the "other one" not doing well ?  It should have plenty of foliage on it after summer.  Up to you to decide if it's worth another move.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 21:02

Nice one Lou12 

cut grass,,trimmed large holly and other evergreens.....very satisfying 

Moving plants

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 20:58

Angela,,how big os your pittosporum?  How long has it been plamted? 

Pittosporums like good drainage and sunshine.  They are pretty tough given these conditions.  


Posted: 22/09/2015 at 20:22

well I guess I siffer from topiaritis too KeenOnGreen

today, for example, I trimmed a 15' tall and 10' wide holly.  Do this every year.  Trimmed to a cone and I love it.  People comment too so I know it's good.  do this with another holly, euonymous aureus, pittosporums, euonymous emerald n gold, conifers, and others.  Some are rounded,,some conical.  I find some flowering shrubs like berberis darwinii can be trimmed like this too without affecting the flowers.  It creates evergreen form and structure, gives "weight" to the borders as well as maintaining relative compactness.

the fact I have a rather good cordless hedgetrimmer with sharp blade that I really enjoy using helps with my "topiary" 

some may ridicule this as an extreme form of "neatness" because some think plants should be "natural".  However, "natural" means overgrown and shapeless.  

Go ahead KeenOnGreen....enjoy trimming whatever you want to.  One word of caution though....understand your plants,,how they grow,,how they flower etc 

Moss growing in pot

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 18:20

Don't think the moss will affect a strongly growing plant.  Too thick and it could prevent water getting to the roots.  It could use up any nutrient too so a weak growing plant could suffer

I remove the moss...often peels off like a skin.....and replace with compost

Planting out a Daphne.

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 18:02


yes you can plant out in the garden now.  Be better for it 

Moving shrubs and perennials

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 12:14

Sod's law though.....I agree about moving stuff now but the most precious plant is always the one to suffer.  

Always safer to wait a while but I'm impatient and currently moving all kinds of plants around.


Posted: 22/09/2015 at 12:09

Not really suitable for a hedge KeenonGreen.

they hate being pruned...tolerate only light cuts.  There are exceptions but generally this is the case.

they suddenly decide to die....can be quite drastic and then the hedge is gone.

best regarded as temporary shrubs....I've  had numerous varieties over the years but none now.  For blues I now grow more reliable plants.


Posted: 22/09/2015 at 12:04

Lovely you have regained your relationship with your niece Hosta. sounds like it is mutually wanted 

grabbing an early bite to eat..sauasage rolls and grapes

a few  sharp showers,,some sun but certainly cooler esp with that wind.  Expected to be a good afternoon

some last minute cuttings.....gauras, margaretes, salvia love n wishes, and yellow voltage osteospermums.  Earlier cuttings seem to have rooted.  

Decided to keep more of my dahlias in the ground this winter.......less to overwinter in the greenhouse. only those I want more of will be dug up and divided and potted. 

Best wishes to those not too well right now.

the thugs who murdered a local soldier have been charged and set for trial.  The gallery was full, apparently.  understandably emotions ran high. I didnt know him personally but the shock is deep felt by so many.

Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 08:40

Hiya italophile.  Yes I realised that.  Always learning.  I think sometimes we make growing plants over complicated    In this part of cornwall it has been a pretty good summer so I guess thaf has helped 

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