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Posted: 04/08/2013 at 23:21

Welcome mike.  Been a couple of days now where the forum is experiencing some technical probs but all will no doubt be sorted soon

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:24


what a clever girl you are.  i never see these bargains.  I have an image of you wearing a hat with a giant daisy on a stalk on top........


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:22

tina, penstemon cuttings are as easy as ....cake!  non flowering shoots low down and at least 3" long.  in pot of mpc plus perlite around the edge. three bits of cane higher than the cuttings are and pop polythene bag over it, elastic band, shade and, hey presto, in 3 weeks or so they will have rooted and you will have plants for next year

Forum up the creek

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:16

just bear with it.  it will be sorted. Absence makes the heart grow fonder so when I start responding to all the posts again you will all love me....

then I can ask you all for money!

Salvia Caradonna

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:09

yes, definitely.  sooner the better if you want plenty of secondary flowers

Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:08


bamboo is more than just a grass type.  think of it as japanese knotweed instead

I have grown several varieties and everyone has been a nuisance.  Luckily I eradicated before they established themselves.


Funny things though...they dont really like pots or do that well in them unless you can water them copiosly

Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:33

as I understand it, the blue poppy is best when prevented from flowering in its first year...apparently becoming monocarpic if allowed to flower in year one.  It seems to me....provided the ideal conditions of soil, moisture and aspect are given.....the best way is to grow a group of them and allow some to flower...and die...and cut the others down to flower next year.

Having said all that down here in the deep south the blue poppy just doesnt like it...too bright light, too warm, too light a soil

to dig or do not disturb

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:19

Yes, similar to dove. However, I trench my turves into the ground, upside down and about 9" deep.  Done now it will be fine come the spring.  It helps hold moisture for next year's veg.  You could put it in the runner bean trench .....

Hydrangea colour

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:15

Note the VARIETY of hydrangea is important too.  Blue varieties for acid soil and red for alkaline.  Top dressing an alkaline soil with ericaceous compost is wasteful and ineffective.  It will not work.  Whatever your hydrangea colour is work with will be much happier if you concentrate on keeping it watered well.  The well tried maxim is....grow what your soil supports

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:10

Morning stacey

Cant grow too many hellebores

I would reconsider planting Japanese anemones.  They are invasive plants and can be difficult to control or eradicate.  For autumn colour try rudbekias, aster frikartii monch or a jap anemone hybrid called Wild Swan

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