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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:56

Who you watching Dove? 

Did you say spicy ginger cake? 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:54

Forester .......sorreeeeeee 

There is a canna website with some smaller varieties.  If you start one or two in small pots in early spring and then regularly repot as they fill those pots you will be surprised how quickly they will grow.  Add some dried manure to the compost.....when they are growing well in mid Spring ......and some fertiliser and move them Imto the hottest part of your garden in large pots. There is nothing quite like cannas for exotic impact in late summer onwards

Can I say?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:45

Because this is a friendly, chatty and informal forum I think we can sometimes be frank.....over frank...with our opinions.  Just as we are with friend's and family we can say what we feel.

If this was a forum like many are there would be a formality without the friendliness ...we would just ask our garden questions and leave it at that.  However, this is more than that I think.  If we argue too much we will lose the forum as we know it.  Debate yes!  Love that.  Differences of opinions yes!  Arguements no.  

This is just a well meaning  thread needing no further comment on it.  

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:35

Brum...that's quite traditional isn't it?  And they match well I should think.

Ornamemts not really my thing but a very nice old lady left me a terracotta shoe and a garden gnome when she died and they are incorporated in the garden for humour's sake and sentiment's sake.  (wanted her money really so disappointed.    Lol). 

I also have 2 small statues ....both quite common.....that fit in quite well too.  And a mushroom that my dear sister pinched from a garden when a bit drunk in her teenage years.  It has huge sentimental value and her daughter restores it to pristine condition every now and then. Sentiment seems out of place today but it's fitting in the garden I think.  Nothing of the "class" of brum's Buddha but just as valuable 

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:24

Sutherlands gold is an improvement on the old Aurea.  This ome has orange tints on new growths.  It's fine in full sun in good soil or in slightly dappled shade then it doesn't get burnt.  I loved it next to eucalyptus. Perfect if you can make a trio with cotinus royal purple 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:17

That canna was Canna be true Forester..    

You know me so well Dove.  

Well, wet morn amd lovely afternoon.  Finished my new border.....unless I tinker with it,which I tend to do; own worst enemy.  Wish I could leave well alone.......and it's mulched and ready for winter.  Leaves cut off completely along with flowers newly formed off my hellebores there and they have been mulched with dried manure.  I know some say leave some leaves buf I think this way ensures no or very little black spot problems.  One exception though is a new yellow hellebore bought as a 5  litre plant in the early spring......the flowers are delightful so will leave them.  Also cut the's so warm the grass has dried so quickly.


Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 15:06

I agree with you nut.  It needs sun for those black leaves.  Sutherlands gold needs sun for its yellow leaves. 

I have to say I struggled initially with Sutherlands gold when Grown on dryish soil. I don't think acid or alkaline soil really makes a difference but too rich a soil does in my opinion.  I tried to grow it in  my richly manured veg patch and it hated it. Just ordinary open conditions I think.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:20

Hiya dolgarrog

I grow a few of these.  Bearing in mind they happily survive outside down here I suggest you do following:

Keep them in their pots and keep in GH.  Let them dry off and don't water over winter.  They need good feeding and watering and a good early start if they are to flower early and well.  I usually dig some up to pot on leaving big clumps in GH or under a cloche and wrapped in fleece.  

Think they are hardier than dahlias ...slightly.  The reason I dig them up occasionally is because they get so big and spread.  Right now I have them still flowering at more than 7', some more than that.  They prob started to flower in late August.

John Wayne is big leggy!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:08

Hjya sarahsgarden

This is something I have to do for a friend soon.  Hers too is leaning and very congested.

What I propose to do is wait until the catkins have gone over in spring.  Fun and games, but I will get under the tree and cut out some of the oldest branches back to the main stem. There will be quite a lot.  Then I will look to prune back the remaining branches to downward facing buds. I want to try and recreate a "skirt" of light branches.   Then I will try to stake it....probably with a couple of stout stakes.  Really, if mine, I would have already pruned it every spring.  

It's not the easiest thing to stake an already leaning tree....??ou will need another's help.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 12:53

Sorry bigolob, as far as I'm concerned ALL bamboos spread.  I went for the clump formers a few years back but noticed they spread alarmingly in my light sandy soil and even more so in the richer soil at the back.  now, they are all removed

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