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Latest posts by Verdun

tall white reed type flowers

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:25

Andy......any more clues?  Does it look like it's a grass?  How tall?  

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:21

Yes.  Best in spring 

......the good guys

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:35

Sounds good Lyn 

Phygelius - growing question

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:33

Oops! Posted a comment on hello, I mean hello FORKERS ...about this 

thyme pruning

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:28

Hello jess

Best to cut back in spring so leave alone now.

You can cut back pretty hard.....I have done that....but a light scissor-like cut is best in my opinion.  I grow a silver leaf form as well as the gold variety.  The former is taller whilst the latter more prostrate.  In both cases they receive a trim enough not to cut too far Into old wood. For me they are regarded as short term perennials.....I.e. to last about 4 or 5 years.

The potentilla?   You can cut it back hard or,lightly trim it.  Unpruned it will flower earlier.  I prune in autumn to control the size .....haircut and removal of the odd old stems.  A food feed in spring too helps

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:21

Jess, it's prob because it's "happy" that it isn't producing flowers.  

I cut mine back fairly hard every year and basically leave it then to,it's own devices. I apply a,light dusting of fish blood n bonee very spring.

Being only 3 years old though it may not be ready to prob will next year.  

A west facing wall,should be,good for it.  


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:16

Yes have grown different varieties of phygelius busy lizzie.  That's what it does...viz.,it runs amd runs.  It's why I stopped growing it.  

If I were to grow it again I would do so where it's rampancy wouldnt matter too much but, in any case, I would dig it up every year and replant after cutting back those roots.  Or I would plant it in a pot and sink it in the ground.  

Im aware of invasive plants ....they can become a perennial nuisance. 


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:43

Oops!   Er......em....It was only a fiver actually.  

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:41

Hiya ogster, 

No need to worry about leaf drop.  

I usually prune mid way in November.  However better to do this in early spring.  

I use a hedgetrimmer for now and then secateurs later 

......the good guys

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:35

Well, Dave, it was your idea .......  A good one I think.

I have had excellent service from Ashwoods, perhill nurseries, Cotswold garden flowers, crocus and Hardys

I have had poor service too but...being the persistent "knowing my rights" sort of guy I am........I have always had full recompense.  I simply do not go to these guys again though as I feel they should get it right first time 

Not too sure about the newspaper offers  though!  bought illumination pink foxgloves from QVC last year that were good value 

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