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Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:08


bamboo is more than just a grass type.  think of it as japanese knotweed instead

I have grown several varieties and everyone has been a nuisance.  Luckily I eradicated before they established themselves.


Funny things though...they dont really like pots or do that well in them unless you can water them copiosly

Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:33

as I understand it, the blue poppy is best when prevented from flowering in its first year...apparently becoming monocarpic if allowed to flower in year one.  It seems to me....provided the ideal conditions of soil, moisture and aspect are given.....the best way is to grow a group of them and allow some to flower...and die...and cut the others down to flower next year.

Having said all that down here in the deep south the blue poppy just doesnt like it...too bright light, too warm, too light a soil

to dig or do not disturb

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:19

Yes, similar to dove. However, I trench my turves into the ground, upside down and about 9" deep.  Done now it will be fine come the spring.  It helps hold moisture for next year's veg.  You could put it in the runner bean trench .....

Hydrangea colour

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:15

Note the VARIETY of hydrangea is important too.  Blue varieties for acid soil and red for alkaline.  Top dressing an alkaline soil with ericaceous compost is wasteful and ineffective.  It will not work.  Whatever your hydrangea colour is work with will be much happier if you concentrate on keeping it watered well.  The well tried maxim is....grow what your soil supports

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:10

Morning stacey

Cant grow too many hellebores

I would reconsider planting Japanese anemones.  They are invasive plants and can be difficult to control or eradicate.  For autumn colour try rudbekias, aster frikartii monch or a jap anemone hybrid called Wild Swan


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:06

Good morning folks.  Have no idea if this will post but.......

Wet here overnight but will clear this morning

Got runner beans galore here now....when I've finished pinching neighbour's beans I will pick my own!!!

More grasses beginning to flower now as well as couple of cannas....I think prob the peak in the garden is yet to come......ESP if plants for late summer are used

As I write this Ive just noticed salvia uliginosa is flowering too.  Ain't life grand?   Well, if we don't let Aussies win today it is

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 08:48

Didn't post so tried again.  Fings ain't wot they used to be on the forum at mo

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 08:42

Morning tattianna

Well, you can't lose,can you?

The Acer is fairly vigorous but a nice one.  Needs some shelter.

Hydrangea blue mophead really needs acid soil to keep those flowers blue

The clematis.......loosen those roots and feed planting hole well.

Cistus are short lived shrubs ......sunniest, driest spot ??ou have

Leucanthemums.......usually you deadhead,during the flowering season to prolong flowers.  I would cut back old flowered stems and pot up for next year 

A jolly good days work tattianna.  Those strawberries grown for next year too..  Yum yum

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:54

you can certainly take cuttings too.  I do both..usually pull apart large salvia patens in autumn and pot on.  cuttings now...look for non flowering strong shoots near the base Mrs G

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:47


I would move the geranium somewhere need something to look at its best right now in front of your dicentra.  how about a geum called Totally Tangerine?  mine has been flowering for 4 months and no sign of relenting yet.  or a marguerite for the summer months to be replaced by a wallflower in winter? leucanthemum broadway lights?  I have a couple of dicentras that are well disguised agastache does it for me as well as that geum.  Some astrantias repeat flower if cut back early...a lovely white one I keep going on about called Jumble Hole is already .3' tall on its second flush.  but astrantias look good when not in flower anyway but flower for such a long time.  Rudbekia goldsturn would look good there too and disguise fading foliage of your dicentra.  Or a dwarf dahlia...I have a few small dahlias in yellow, white, etc that are smothered in flower on neat compact mounds.  Salvias and veronicas will provide tallish blue or purple flowers that would look good there.

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