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Are your comments updating?

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 08:46

Forum problems again....hmmmmmmm!

Echinacea plants

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 20:43

That's odd....two entries now. 

Echinacea plants

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 20:42

Hmm.  I posted a reply today but not on thread.

I,love echinaceas amd grow several.  They are best not flowering in their first year.  They need to build up a good root system first.  So,Elaine, I would keep in the GH over winter then pot into bigger pots early in spring.  Then plant out in mid to late spring.  Put generous amount of compost, dried manure, etc plus organic fertiliser in planting hole/mix.  Don't  allow to flower before mid summer....remove flower stems.  After that let them flower

rampant hebe

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 17:26

I would prune this in spring now. I cut back quite severely but not Imto very old wood. ,done in early spring and it should regrow nicely.  I use secateurs and shears to maintain shape.

Echinacea plants

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 17:13

Hiya elaine

The big thing with echinaceas is not to let  them flower in their first year.  Let them develop really good root systems first.  Pot them Imto bigger pots in early spring then plant out as good size plants in mid to late spring.  Dig a generous plantImg hole and incorporate compost, dried manure, etc.   Dont  allow flowers to develop until after mid summer.  Then let them flower.  Oh!  Give them a feed of organic fertiliser when you plant them out and dont let them dry out in summer


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 17:05

I'm,not...I'm fine.  

Perennials planting time

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 14:26

Supernoodle.  If rhododendrons, etc grow there then Callunas will too. Look out for Erica Arborea Alberts Gold.  Lovely yellow foliage, comifer looking, erect, tactile with honey scented flowers.  Kalmias too in your soil.  For lavendars I would add plenty of grit in the planting hole. Not evergreen but a yellow grass called hackonochloa is absolutely stunning in heavy soil.  From early spring to late summer it is beautiful.  It has strands of red and orange in it and great for cascading or edging.  Check this one out. And to complement it add a red Heuchera called Berry Smoothy.  


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 14:15

those buns of Stacey's...........they look deeeeeeeeelishush.  What is it with women?  My niece regularly sends pics of food she's cooked, buns she's made, etc.  what's the point of pictures?  Buns are for eating not photographing.

Gomna make Cornish ice cream topped with  Cornish cream soon.  It's difficult ...loads of skill required.

Dicentra Care

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 14:09

Could have been my words, jokeyes....even to using a marker.  

Perennials planting time

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:32

Morning Supernoodle.  It depends on variety with echinaceas. ,I love em amd grow many varieties.  Best to protect.

Small shrubs?  Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a shiny black purple shrub and is evergreen.  V nice foliage comfrast. Santolina is a silver aromatic mound.  

Did you test your soil....? PH?  If acid dwarf Rhodos, azaleas, dwarf pieris, etc will fit the bill.

Dwarf evergreen hebes come in many foliage colours.  But loads of small shrubs

What about herbaceous perennials like aster frikartii monch?  This grows to about 3' in full flower and flowers for weeks amd weeks.  Lavendar blue...superb next to silver plants like artemisia Powys castle (this is Evergreen, silver dome and very tactile). Some nice compact perennials would add excitement to a small shrub planting.

Yep, an exciting project Supernoodle but jot down a sketch with possible plants first

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