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Posted: 07/11/2014 at 08:41

Feeling slightly warmer today.  Lovely sunshine then sharp shower.

during the tidy up I'm getting a few ".lateral thinking" ideas for the garden.  

Morning folks.  

moving snapdragons

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:42

Go by your judgement Mark.  A grouping sounds good 


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:40

Sorry Matty you are having such a bad time.    Good times will come though 

been a wet, wet wet day.  Cut the grass, weeded the garden and generally tidied up 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:14

If you can get a good rootball and your camellis is not too big you can move it now.  If it has a lot of flower buds and you don't want to jeopardise the flowers then wait until flowering is over.

out of early morning sun is a priority.....early morning sun will damage frosted flowers. Get some ericaceous compost in the mix......camellias prefer acidic soil but will tolerate a neutral soil if it's in good heart.  Dappled shade is ideal but I grow them in full sun.


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:03

A traditional method is to plant deep.  Remove heather from pot, loosen roots if pot bound, mix in mpc with the soil and plant deep just the top inch or so of foliage is above soil level.  Water well and leave until early summer and check for layered shoots 

moving snapdragons

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:44

Mark, i do occasionally move them with great success.  If they are looking good foliage wise right now the chances are they will flower next year.  Dig up with good rootball.  Many are annuals but those would be showing signs of dying off now.  

Skimmias - chalk soil

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:41

Chalk soil is not great for skimmias.  Sooner or later they suffer chlorosis.

I grow abelia confetti too, Chrissy.  Lovely variegated foliage on compact shrub.  

a dwarf variety of photinia, little red robin. Is nice.  Daphne Odoraaureomarginata looks good with wonderful scent too.

spirea gold flame is deciduous but has wonderful orange leaves turning yellow in summer.  I maintain its mounded shape...and deny its awful flowers.....with a hard cut in spring and a second trim in mid summer.

santolina is attractive grey evergreen that I treat exactly as I do the spirea.  Helichrysum, the curry plant, is a silver mound providing a foil to all kinds of flowering perennials.  

ilex crenata golden gem makes evergreen yellow mound, pittosporum a black purple mound, Berberis  atro purpurea nana forms a purple/red mound in the growing season.

lots of compact mound forming shrubs......try some grasses, libertias and phormiums to complement them


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:52

Hiya Punkdoc

i grow Hameln, karley rose (nice pink flowers) and villsoum.  All pretty hardy but villosum is reputedly more tender.  However villosum is my favourite. I tend now to divide pennisetums  every couple of years as they do make themselves at home a little......they develop vigorous deep root systems. I also grow Rubrum,.prob eaton canyon but this is very tender. I struggle to keep this over winter even though I dig up and protect in the gh.  

Large area to clear BRAMBLES & KNOTWEED

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:35

Exactly as Dave said for me.

once grassed brambles etc will be controlled by regular mowing


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:34

Removing hellebore leaves is part of my garden routine now.  Every leaf removed.  No harm done, as Woody said, and diseased tissue is cleared away.  Emerging buds and flowers can then be sent at their best.  

Feels cool and fresh

Still have three large clumps of cannas in flower and miscanthus looking good

wishing everyone a good day 

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