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Mature garden redesign

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 18:10

Hello shazgarden

Is the Rose really in the way or can you work around it?  It looks too big to move. I would cut it back now for tidyness sake and prune more correctly in the spring.  

Again Montana can be tidied up if it's too big but would move only if really in the  way. You can trim or cut as hard as you like but it will affect flowering this spring.

Bulbs will be fine in the ground but your perennials can be divided....which ones are they?  I return to soil and pot up depending on what I want to do with them. 

Maybe post a picture?

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:51

Then, Matt, you are missing out on some gems.  Many of my best plants were bought online as 1, 3 or 5 litre plants

Janet the guarantee is good.....our local GC gives a 5 year guarantee.....but we want our plants great from the start.  Whenever a plant has been faulty or misnamed I have always had quality rectification without delay.  

If a plant I want is available locally I will buy locally....nothing better if well grown.  Limited  choice though is an issue.

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:05

I buy a lot online.  I know the good, the very good and the bad ones.

I buy from some fantastic companies...woottens, ashwoods, cotswold garden flowers, dove cottage, to name just 4 .   I receive top quality plants perfectly packed and varieties impossible to buy at GC.

I would never buy plants from T & M or any seed company.....they supply tiny bare root or plugs that are usually poor quality.  For seed amd bulbs they are fine.  For good quality plants go to renowned growers 

Do you give a fig?

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 08:36

Ginny  said....."only want it for the fruit so....."

Hmmm!  You don't mean to cut your fig "right back" as to the base do you Ginny?  You are looking to create shoots further back on those branches so don't cut too hard.  

a leggy 5' fig in a pot will look better as a dense, bushy one.  And she lives in a mild area where figs have a long growing season, fruit apart, so 5 years is a long time for a fig.  

Feedback is a great plus on the folks, let us know what you did and how your plants responded.  Im also growing a fig ...a a pot.  


Posted: 15/11/2013 at 08:17

Hello forkers

Come on Stacey.....sounds like you've got a nice day planned there 

Cloudy, quiet and dry here.  Fairly mild though.


Do you give a fig?

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:10

Hiya ginny.  I'm in Cornwall here so you're cooooooold!  Prune in December.  

I would protect ....bubble wrap maybe......your pot though 


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:09

Inspirational story woody.  Well done 

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:06

It's very clear to will not safely move this plant.  It's too big and too old.  Ok, you may surprise us but surprise us you will if it survives.

I cut Darwinii down to 4' from about 15' some 3 years ago for a friend.  It was obstructing a gateway.  My intention was to kill it friend will not "kill" anything.....then replace it with a camellia.  I thought 50/50 chance of surviving. it is thriving.....much to the delight of my friend but to my disappointment.  

Darwinii is a common plant......seeds everywhere so you might see seedlings in your garden I would buy a replacement. 

Do you give a fig?

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 20:55

Hiya folks, yes I think there is some differing opinion about this but I prune during the short....down here very short.....dormant season.  Clearly, if there are tiny embryonic figs on ends of shoots that look promising I would leave well alone but if no sign of these a bushy fig for future is the aim.


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 20:29

Woody, we had two DIY shops here but now just one struggling to make a living.  I always try to support it but his stock is less and less. not enough local support. It will disappear soon.

So many local villages have lost their shops now, their post offices have long gone.  A shop in the village makes it complete I think

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