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Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:38

Zippity doo dah zippity (forgot the word ) my oh my what a wonderful day.  Plenty of sunshine going my way, wonderful feeling womderful day.  Just made all that up.   Think I'll turn it into a song.  



Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:33

Newbe, a pair of scissors is best. cut the flower stem right back to leaves or buds.  Plants look neater and will perform better with such a clean cut 

for the record, I sheared mine back some 3 weeks ago....they flower early here and have been for many weeks so in mid summer I shear them.  This re energises them to produce masses of flowers again.  They are now flowering again and will do for many more weeks now

Yew Trees

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:28

The Anderson's, yew CAN grow a foot a year. however,,it depends on so many factors how quickly growth is.

the clue for me is when you added you can see the roots so they prob arent planted deep enough.  

Yew is pretty tolerates most everything except waterlogging and ......being moved.  After 6 years, no, I wouldnt replant them.

can you mulch them?  And in spring I would feed them with a good,organic granular fertiliser

think I am in the minority here but I would prune back your plants to same height.  They will still grow but with more density

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:52

Greenhouse is fine Lancs Lass 

My plant of the moment

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:50

Yes Runny Popsickle is smaller ones.  Only doubt is its hardiness over a damp winter.  I feel confident here....well, I've got a lot of them so expensive if they don't. Just planted a couple this morning...papya and pineapple.  perfect for associating with grasses I think or agastaches...well,,it's what I have done 

Look for some basal shoots on your salvia  or a rooted piece you can detach and pot up.......ideal now to build up another great plant for next year.  

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:41

Dont worry about where you post Lamcashire Lass

my regime is to keep such plants in pots and, whether they are hardy or not, to overwinter in the greenhouse.

small plants in the ground can be swamped by other foliage, battered by the elements and attacked by pest and disease.  

in pots...and subsequently over wintered.....they grow unimpeded, faster and provide good size plants for spring planting next year.

Tidying Lupins

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:13

No diggingdoris.  The foliage is already young and vigorous and clean.  pop the odd pellet around it or check with a torch for baby snails at this time of year.

My plant of the moment

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:11

Lovely aren't they madpenquin?  I too have this flowering right now along with several other similar types.  Enjoy your papya madpenquin?

I've become addicted to the pokers.........going for the tall ones in autumn too 

Hakonechloa macra

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:07

nice companion plants ACre And enjoying same comditions, viz., wet, cool and partial shade.  you could put potted hackonechloa in garden and grow lobelia around the pot.  Lobelia is easily divided in autumn. Pull apart into smaller pieces and pot,them up.  Water well then over winter in a greemhouse and plant out in spring.

get the hose out

Hakonechloa macra

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:04

nice companion plants ACre And enjoying same comditions, viz., wet, cool and partial shade.

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