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What does everyone think

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 20:11

Nick.   Brilliant rockery.  Choose a nice plant or two if you want to.  Maybe something to cascade Imto the water.  Mind you, it looks good just as it is

Talkback: Gardening clothes

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 19:32

Pyjamas and slippers

when to add compost

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 19:30

As long as you aren't growing anything there over winter you can spread manure there too.  It takes nutrients..nitrogen mainly....from sol as it rots but by next spring it will be fine to plant there. I use a cultivator to mix it into the topsoil if I'm planting

1 shrub ID, and lots of advice needed for the rest!

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 19:16


The fuschia is hardy....a magellanica type.  Evergreen in Cornwall but cut back as hard as you like in spring.

Coreopsis you have is best left where it is.....not.a true hardy perennial

The verbena is one called to pot this up and overwinter.

The surfinias are for this summer only.

The osteospermums are best potted up indoors for the winter.  So too with the marguerites. (you could leave these in the ground but besf brought indoors plus take cuttings for more plants next year.

Phormium sundowner

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:20

Love sundowner but I divide mine every 2 years.  Keeps it compact and it's juvenile leaves then.  Surprisingly it often still flowers 

broken Sambuca

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:49

Yes cuttings, hard wood, will take easily now as Fairygirl said.  I would cut back your plant, mikemove, hard back now and give it a good feed.  You should have rooted plants next spring.  A  circle of mesh around your plant too.....use bamboo canes to support......should protect it against vandals.  Next year it should throw up 5 to 6' stems.  ( if you have soft material ??ou could try them as cuttimgs as already suggested)

Philadelphus pruning

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:40

I prune mine every year removing the shoots that,flowered to new shoots.  I also remove the occasional old woody stem,back to the base.  Hmmmm!  Think I would leave it now to next year ...after it flowers

Lobelia fountain and bush

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 11:39


check your labels.  do you have perennials or annuals?  if perennials they will get better every year and they are tough and hardy

oh, welcome to the forum

Camellia - yellow leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 11:36

agree with fairygirl...once a year in early spring is fine


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 11:35

re those rudbeckias Dove, you need fair bit of moisture to grow them well.  Ive looked at these ...or similar...myself but they grow fairly tall too so staking looks necessary.hey! you can trial them and if they good Ill copy you.

rain is coming here has had good run whilst weather is good.  

lm enjoying inserting these smilies  but not liking the thought of rain  but its going to be fine on wednesday   gotta go...hungry 

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