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blackcurrant cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:07

Rosie, take hard wood cuttings now.  Take them about 6" to 9" long with a bud at the base to a bud on the top.  Insert them in the ground....I do it about Half way or more......and leave them.  By next summer you can dig them up to,pot up.  You can also put cuttings in pots of compost., 

Rooting hormone powder

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 23:02

Rosie I think rooting powder is best used fresh every year.  After 10 years you should ....long before....discard all chemicals,,composts,,feed, etc. 

Not everything needs or benefits from rooting powder by the way...pelargoniums,,fuschias,,osteospermums, pinks,,etc., etc., do not need it 

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:58

Flowers tend to face the sun.  Cut momtana now and you lose the flowers.  Grow,M Grandiflora and you get beautiful flowers and scent 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:54 are spot on.  Ignore them.... they are heathens.    Winter honeysuckle has fantastic scent.  Honeysuckles need annual pruning and then they scent the garden beautifully in summer.  

Planting camellias in November

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:11

Not keen on pebbles....bark chips are good.  Look the part too.

no need for rootgrow for camelias methinks 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:44

Fair point Posy.  

Guess I'm a little spoiled here....good soil and climate where most things grow pretty well including those invaders.  

Planting camellias in November

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:34

Yes plant now gregorhanslik.

remember to plant out of early morning sun too to avoid flowers being damaged by quick thawing.  

And water in well 


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:56

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:55

A1154 resist the temptation to get jap anemones. their desire to be invasive far outweighs their prettyness.....go for anemone Wild Swan.  Far better.  I have 3 and they flower from spring to autumn and far more attractive....nice blue bands on the reverse of flowers.

Winter, I have come to value astilbes more and more.  Spring foliage colour is superb. Summer flowers and ferny foliage right through to autumn.  If given plenty of moisture and/or planted in rich soil they are superb.  Keyword..."dustbowl" though is a good enough reason to discard.  Have a new almost black foliage astilbe still looking womderful with bowles golden grass.   Hope your nandina copes with your dry conditions though 


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:46

Nice to see you back Edd.   The forum has been full of cakes, babies, and lots of trivia as the ladies have taken over.   Be good to have sensible grown up discussion and jokes again 

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