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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:19

Bekkie, spot on.  The guy who started is a joy too 

Can Cordylines be split?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:17

Yep, splitting probably threw a confusion Imto the mix there.  Grow cordylines and Phormiums .  


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:15

Lovely stuff Marion.    Delightful, as always 

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:09

Kathy dicentras so tend to die down either totally or partially in the summer.  Cutting back would not have made a great difference.  Just mark where your dicentras are though 


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:06

Yes,,think,that's right ....sea is warm right now


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:13

Well, almost scorching.  Certainy hot.  

Been transporting my mum to outpatients .......why oh why must I say so many jokes? The more people around the more I joke. (mind ??ou got a free second Eccles cake from the charity ...WVS?....tea and coffee shop there.  Just said it was the best Eccles cake and she brought another one over........

Tried to attend the minor injuries dept but waiting time was 3 hours ....what????

Well. Spike is demanding a walk...........


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:54

Ceanothus do not like being pruned yet they need to be in most gardens to keep them compact. They can suddenly give,up the ghost and die for no apparent reason.  Yep, they are usually a short to very short lived plant.  

Take too much off a ceanothus and it is likely to suffer die back. Better to prune annually removing flower stems on young wood.  

There is likely to be a difference of opinion re ceanothus .......I guess personal experience and successes/failures determine what advice is given.

Down here ceanothus grow well and big if they are allowed to.  But even these suddenly disappear after a few years.  

My feeling is they prefer slightly acidic soil, good drainage, sun and shelter from the coldest winds and frosts.  For me they are a temporary planting preferring varieties with smaller leaves like Concha.  Grown for 4 or 5 years and then discarded at first signs of die back

Agree cuttings are easy......taken from the host ASAP they will be nice size shrubs by the time the host is past it's best.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 13:42

This is a wonderful thread.  Thanks David.

The whole "war thing" needs never to be forgotten.

For me, an uncle I was named after was someone I,would like to have met.  His death was devastimg to my mums family...naturally.  This happened so much, dIdnt' it.

Good to remember them....for sure 

Beautiful Thugs

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:42

Euphorbia Fireflow/griffithii is a thug as are some varieties of artemisia, ESP the yellow limelight.  Some campanulas can spread as can lysimachia.  Salvia guaranitica as well as uliginosa can spread a bit......So I dig these up every year. Hypericum calicynum is invasive.....very invasive. Some grassss, pennisetums for example, can spread markedly.  I think houttynia chameleon has already been mentioned but this is a real problem once it gets into the ground.  Think bindweed and double the aggression! 

I always research plants I don't know before planting.  However, there is nothing like your own experience so I plant some things with a view to check them at the end of the season.  If the roots are "travelling" everything goes.  When buying plants often a look at the root systems can indicate what they will do.  

Currently I am watching my libertias....two vsrieties of the newer golden/olive see how they behave.  So far, after 3 or 4 years, they are fine.  I divide them anyway quite regularly 

So much in the garden is "invasive"......think raspberries..?

Gardening is a constantly learning experience,,isn't it? 


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:26

Morning folks

Lovely and  sunny.  Not as hot as last week but very nice

(my dog moaning and hinting for a walk)

Yviestevie, hope your arm gets sorted quickly. Got loads of beans to pick.....been preoccupied, occupied and lazeeee lately so bit of a build up there.  

Have happy day everyone 

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