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Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 07:58

Carol, I think much as Punkdoc does, viz., to add a different, heavier more sunstantial compost now.  Yours seems to be very light and likely to dry out in the growing season.  

can you add some soil?  John innes or garden soil?  Mixed with dried manure and fish blood and bone too 


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 22:39

Hiya ERICS MUM, yes you can    you can also look for some running roots to pot up now 


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 22:32

Agree cornishpix, but apply a granular fertiliser and mulch now or in next few weeks to provide a boost when growth starts in spring 

Difficult dry shade woodland planting

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 22:28

Cheryl, I am surprised that hydrangeas grow they flower well?

hardy geraniums, brunneras, anemones would do well there.

can you incorporate some bulky organic matter in your plot?  Hackonechloa, bowles Golden Grass, astrantias, astilbes, sarcoccocas, many asters, phloxes, carex like Testacea, deschampsias, liriopes, acteas, aconitums, eunymous varieties, arum lilies, ferns, libertias, heucheras, ophiopogons, and more would do well then esp if you can water now and then too 



Posted: 18/02/2016 at 19:46

Peter,,I would wait for 4 weeks or so before dividing Peter

alstromerias do tend to spread widely.  I grew several varieties but, because of their wandering tendencies, I have kept just one.  This is more restrained and,,luckily, the most beautiful of my varieties.

A couple of points......yours has only been in for a prob will flower this year. Secondly, if you do decide to divide move it to a position where a late summer perennial can disguise it during its summer dormant state.  Because they can spread so widely they occupy a bug space that can be dormant in peak growing season


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 18:47

Hee hee hee 

Lawn alternative?

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 15:34

Not quite sure what you are after Jason but heavy clay and part shade would be good for astrantias,,astilbes, ferns,heucheras,, pulmonarias, acteas, hackonechloas, carex, brunneras, asters, phlox, hellebores, arum lilies and hardy geraniums.  Could make a very nice feature there Jason 

Please name the cultivar

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 15:16

Yes, we can all guess....a guess is all it can be. 

hellebores are promiscuous thngs.....many seedlings will be named varieties. 

just enjoy them as unnamed vwrieties aym280 


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 15:13

Caroline, your dahlias need to be in a greenhouse,,conservstory or warm windowsill until the spring.   As Treehugger said, keep frost free.

you can put into bigger pots now ....only slightly larger....and keep dry.  When you see shoots you can start to water slightly. As they grow you can increase the watering.  

Eventually, before planting outside, pot on again so you have reasonably large plants.

Remember only plant outside when its much warmer,,prob in early June  


Burning Bush Kochia Scoparia

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 11:50

Always wanted to DickieLeysh but never have.  tempted to now you have reminded me 

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