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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 22:00

Calocephalus silver sand is something we can grow well down here. Perfect in a very hot dry wall

What does everyone think

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 21:49

Hiya nick, yes keep us informed.  

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 21:27


well this has been a contentious topic this past season. I think plugs are not the way to go for wild swan ...most everyone seems to have failed with them.  I have 3 plants now and all are excellent.  The first was planted late last summer.  It flowered well then and has been flowering this year for months.  Currently looking superb.

There is now another variety ...a taller, weeping version of wild swan, name escapes me, and if I can buy it in a 1litre or bigger size I will grow this one too.

Acer palmatum

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 21:18

Steve, if you can get decent rootball with it......sure you can...I agree with Paula.  If mine I would do it now though.  A 3' Acer isn't that big.  Why do you want to move it though?  As much shelter as possible from strong cold wimds and strong sun some good soil enriched with compost, etc to conserve moisture and a generous sprinkling of mycorrhizal granules at the base of the planting hole should ensure good growth.  Watering in well, of course.

Lawn sand killed my herbs

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 19:36


Use perlite in your pots to improve drainage.  Totally inert and safe.

Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 19:33

These gardens will deteriorate and wear after their first season. We could all have such a garden if money was no object but we are all trying to make something's our hobby,,passion, interest, comfort, haven etc.  no price on the value of that.

Often though I'm aware that some of the planting is not quite right..a lot of annuals are put in, perennials and shrubs placed too close together and sometimes the use of invasive plants will spoil the garden at some stage.

(hope Alan calls on me though....could do with one of those space craft modules)


Posted: 16/09/2013 at 18:00

Glyphosate is a hormone weedkiller.  It works when plants are growing well

Lawn sand killed my herbs

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:58

Lawn sand is not sand.  It contains caustic materials to burn moss for example in lawns.  

Just water well again and leave them be for a while.  Always read the details on anything you buy or use.  ESP,garden products.  Don't go by what seems "innocuous"!


Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:55

Of course!  

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:27

I've moved them too.  Plant with crown slightly higher than the soil level and in a sunny spot.  They like their "roots" sunbaked.  Then they will flower well.  Too deep or too shaded by surrounding plants and flowering will be impaired.

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