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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:36

Lucky, brooms are quite short lived plants.....usually for me after 4 years or so they are leggy and no longer so attactive.  Cuttings are successful if taken in the late spring.

No, they will not survive being moved.  From the start I prune brooms hard back, not beyond green growth though, and maintain this hard pruning every year in an effort to keep them bushy for as long as possible. 

There are varieties that are more compact ....Lena, for example......but they all tend towards leggyness


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:08

Addict.....that's impressive!  You must have mighty biceps.  But, spot on with your advice


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:07

true but "new" young lupins are susceptible to cold until acclimatised.  Even down here in mild cornwall I have learned to leave young lupins in the greenhouse or under cover for a little while longer. this applies to lupins you have bought in.  Those you have divided, etc. and have been growing outside will happily survive the winter outside. I grow lupins galore and those already in the garden cope with anything and everything.

re re-flowering, some of mine are now flowering for the THIRD time.  an amazing summer!


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:57

tee hee hee hee...snigger, snigger snigger


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:56

morning mark.. welcome to the forum

i would add manure to the soil as it is then trench and mix it all in together,  I would dig a trench 30 to 40 cm deep, loosen the clay at the bottom of the trench with a fork and infill with the manure, sand and clay.  when done I would add your topsoil, making sure it is good stuff, and lightl;y scratch it into your existing soil mix.  

one more word you think you have any drainage problems?  does water seem to drain away fairly well?  When you trench you will have a sense of how wet or not your soil is anyway.

good to get rid of that artificial turf.  good luck 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:53

Men are more clever, stronger, and "nearer to heaven".......hee hee hee....but women, even with underarm hair, have the beauty!   

Here "car boot markets" are everywhere.  Places to go to chat, haggle, eat n drink and get the bargain or the pig in a poke.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:36

Hiya chicky.

Guess I'm just impatient these days.....can't wait for next year.  

Is anyone actually growing wild swan successfully either by plugs or larger plants?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:26

Morning forkers

Warm and dry here but cloudy.  Hoping for sun later.

Got tomatoes coming out of my ears now.........quite uncomfortable.  It's been the best year for toms in a lomg time. 

Foodbank later......thaf'll be fun!

Have good day people

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:52

Hmmmmm!  Am I the only ome growing anemone wild swan to perfection?  it would be good to know if someone out there is happy with wild Swan

A word about plugs....I too have grown and planted plugs.  My feeling is that ...for me.....buying established plants provides almost instant impact.  This past year I have had the option of buying 3 small plug perennials instead of the single large plant when choosing a number of varieties.  In every case I have had a glorious display this summer from them. In comparison those plugs would still only be growing and nowhere near flowering. Oh!  I have rooted cuttings now from those plants which will flower just as soon as thsee plugs will....viz., next summer. From the posts on the forum, many of you have bought and re-bought plugs of wild swan and still not happy


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:41

Yes under cover....unheated greenhouse. no heat needed. One word of caution though.  Dont put young lupin plants out too early next year.  I pot Imto larger pots, usually 3 litre, before they go into their final.positions

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