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Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:21


17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:28

At times today it felt more like summer let alone spring.  Smile time indeed Tetley 

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:26

Never argued with grannie .   

Ideas for Shrubs in Front Garden

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:15

Choisya for me too 

However, check out lonicera Baggesons Gold.   A lovely, fairly quick growing evergreen with uniquely olive leaves turning butter yellow in summer.  I grow them here as shaped plants......cones esp.  I keep them to a height of about 5 to 6'

grow eucalyptus gunnii alongside Baggesons Gold for a beautiful all year round contrast.  Coppice the eucalyptus as you do a dogwood in early spring for the best blue juvenile foliage. 

Consider your evergreens by shape too.....

totally agree with Tetley about not going for large shrubs.  Smaller will establish more quickly and soon catch up with larger ones.  Besides you can save an awful lot of pennies.

oh!  Warm welcome Liam 

Last edited: 18 February 2017 23:18:20

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:02

Agree with you. Nut.   I move stuff all the time in winter too.  And yes they will establish long before the dry summer months. 

Just think CraighB should be aware too that not all perennials are the same..  

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 22:41

lifting, dividing and tramsplanting is done with regard to the type of perennials involved.

for example, dividing heleniums during the winter would be FATAL.  Many others would suffer too.  Of course some can be divided in winter but the most important thing is to know your plants.

so CraighB, no!  You can't lift and divide in winter with everything.  If in doubt wait until spring 

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 16:58

Enjoy  yourself then CraighB

looks like perfect weather for next week too 

Screening advice

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 15:09

First of all Melaniea, test your soil using a ph tester.  cheap and simple to use but vital to know if you have acid or alkaline soil.

(camelias would grow well there if your soil is acid.  Lovely evergreens with flowers coming out now...white, pink and red) 

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 14:33

Hardy perennials yes CraighB.  Good time now...soil is moist and warming up.  Roots have time to establish before top growth 

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 14:31


salvia guanajuato is very tender.  More so than other similar varieties like the usual patens.

refrain from watering at all for now.  it will rot if you do.

 I find it to regrow later than most everything else.  it is slow to show signs of growth, could be end of March before you see anything.  at the end of March move it into a light position and as warm as possible.  Shoots or not you can SLIGHTLY water it then

yes, shoots from the  a dahlia......and you can trim off all the stems.  

Patience with it.  Do not rush it.  it will grow vigorously from mid to late spring.  All worth it lilysilly.

actually Dark Star and Sparkling Burgundy will look great with guanajuato in summer 

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