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Posted: 05/12/2014 at 18:00

A clue often is in the foliage colour..........pale green foliage is sometimes a clue it will have white flowers.  With mixed colours I often segregate the pale leaved seedlings of various plants and white is common.


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:01

Can you put a cloche over it ...agastache.....KEF?  Or at least fleece? 


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:41

Never tried it but there's a new cerinthe with yellow flowers.  Might be an attractive combination ..?

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:39

It's only of concern if cold frosty weather occurs at the time of resulting new if cut now and we have a mild spell new growth will present itself.  Likely then to be hard hit. 


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:36

Put down in spring Frank it will indeed take out nitrogen .......put down now and a fertiliser in spring solves this issue.  

I used to apply sawdust ....local timber yard provided as much as I wanted.  Not the best mulch really but when applied in spring growth was poor.  Better when used in autumn.  

But agree with differing opinions about mulching.  As long as a mulch is applied to condition the soil I'm not really sure the timing is too critical.  As already said, I like the look of mulched soil throughout the dormant season.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:24

My nephew is a newly qualified paramedic.  He is one of the good guys.  I have met several paramedics....because of my nephew but also because I called them for my mum.  Yet  to meet any of them who weren't kind but I know hard hearted people are In Every walk of life.

Re acquainted with few people lately and so many seem to have cancer Issues.  Pretty scary.


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:15


keep them in gh over winter .....keep  them on dry side to just tick over.

grew them once and had masses of seedlings that survived winter


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:07

Been cold but nice and dry with sun but some rain very early this morning.

could be close to freezing in some parts tonight.  Brrrrrr


Posted: 04/12/2014 at 21:54

Lots of different views on you will soon see Phil.

however, I would use it now.  

Mulching is to conserve moisture....for this ideally applied in spring on moist soil.  However, it will still help to conserve moisture if applied now, helps protect soil over winter and provides a certain low level of nutrients

I mulch in autumn .....saves time in spring when time is short and esthetically looks good when larger areas of bare soil are seen and exposed.  

However, it does slightly delay plant growth in spring I think by denying early sun rays on the soil ......soil warms up a little more slowly.  

Clematis present

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 21:48

Plant the healthy one.

I would ask the person who gave you the poorly one where it was purchased for you or him/her to exchange it.  No, I Wouldn't  plant it.  

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