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Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:49

Kathy, stop showing these flowers.  You are tempting me towards a group of plants I don't,,well I am beginning to like them 

i think the secret to growing day lilies, for me anyway, is to grow them hard.....they make too much foliage compared to flowers.  and to deadhead DAILY, a task I find boring.  Might try a couple tho Ksthy....

10ft of boring bareness

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:43

Hydrangea petiolaris is Not a great plant for your neighbour's wall Jo and it will need support.  Very vigorous too.  Growing up a sycamore?  Have you seen the size of the stems after a few years?  They are very thick and inflexible and look awful in the dormant season. 

Pittosporum Tobira would do well there Jo...evergreen and highly scented. pittosporum garnet too ....scented flowers, evergreen and grey foliage.

a variety of free standing plants....holly like Golden King would look and do well there. Lonicera purpusi...I grow a variety called Winter evergreen, highly scented  from now for several weeks and grows quickly and vigorously.

growing free standing plants leaves your neighbour happy his wall is not attacked

What are best shrubs for driveway, which will not scratch car!!

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:31

Eleagnus though WILL scratch your car Maureen.  Quite sharp in fact.  Check it out

depends on what height you want your hedge to be....lonicera nitida Baggesons Gold is suoerb. I grow a few as specimen shrubs topiarised (?).  They grow quickly with density and attractive colour.

pittosporums make good hedges......a choice of foliage colour from black to almost white.  Garnettii is excellent with grey vwriegated leaves

for a low hedge comsider santolinas.  Silver grey soft foliage to about 3'.  For a little scent artemisia abrotanum....wormwood, boy's love.  This is a green, old fashioned, aromatic bushy evergreen to about 5' becoming more popular again 


Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:21

Combination of wet and with many fatal to aeoniums.  Kept dry over winter but not in the dark, and they should survive.

i took cuttings in late summer and these are now growing plants...kept in gh.....and will make sizeable garden plants next year. 

cornwall is a long county with large differences in temperature over that length.  Here in far west it is pretty mild.  

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 07:22

Pauline, not too warm indoors but, yes, overwinter in gh though.

aeoniums do get leggy...its what they do. ,

mild here and often they survive outdoors....mine are still outside and looking good.

keep it cool and dry over winter.  In spring cut half way back, approx, and it will bush out. cut the cuttings into .2 or 3" pieces and pot up into mpc and perlite.

Transfering flowering plants from outside pots to the garden.

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 23:32

Welcome Ray

I would NOTplant out into the garden until spring.  Couple of reasons.....the roots can get frosted.  Secondly you will have a bigger, better and actively growing plant to put out that will thrive.  However, the pots need to be protected....either (and best) in greenhouse or cloche or fleeced top and pot.  


Posted: 25/11/2015 at 20:54

Roy, yes it is contagious if in direct contact with other tubers.

if it is slug damage....symptoms can be similar.....cut off the affected tuber and see if others there are ok.  If so wrap in newspaper and keep dry and frost free away from other plants.  Check in spring and if it looks good then pot up. 

If it is rot i would wrap it up and send to the dump.  

Bare root agapanthus

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 12:25


i would plant in individual pots just sufficient to hold the roots....spread them out. Mpc is ordinary compost you buy from garden centres.  Water them in and put in the greenhouse and keep dry then. Don"t forget to label each pot according to white or blue.

In spring those plants will grow quickly. I would pot on again into slightly bigger pots.

by late summer you can think of planting in groups of 3 in bigger pots.  At that time use a John Innes compost.  This is a soil based compost that is far better for long term planting.

a little patience though Shael.  They wont flower for 2 or 3 years 


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:12

Roy, sounds like a root/gall rot.  

What do you mean by "wart like"?  Fungus like growths over the tubers?  Do the tubers feel soft?  Maybe smell?


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:05

Busy,trim Amistad back in late spring and it develops a sturdier habit. mine still grew well over 7' with months of flower.

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