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Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:02


yes, that's fine although the foliage helps to protect crowns against severe frost over winter.  If its cold where you are  you might want to leave foliage uncut over winter in future.  

No, wouldn't tie the foliage up

Can you plant something in front of your pokers to disguise the foliage over wimter?  Maybe some bulbs, wallflowers or low evergreen plants?  



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 21:20

Great minds think alike Fairy 

in most gardens there are different "micro climates" .....created by other planting or buildings or aspect etc.  

Agree too about different varieties .....some are intrinsically more robust than others.  Some colours are "weaker" than others too.  

My garden is of reasonable size...not huge....and is in 2 parts as commonly seen,,viz., front and back gardens.  Some plants thrive in the front and struggle in back and vice versa.  Also in same basic area there are shady, sunny, exposed and sheltered spots. Then there are unexplained spots where certain plants will so well but not elsewhere yet comditioms seem the same.  So, if a plant does not seem to like where it is planted try it in different positions before rejecting it.  

Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:50

Well done Busy.  

Thankfully moles is not a problem for me.....


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:47

LeeD, yes,,it is probable mildew will return year on year.....sorry Hosta 

look to change your growing comditions esp the soil and moisture holding content.  

Scabious used to be a problem for me with mildew......I moved plants to better position and incorporated generous organic content into the planting area.  No more mildew

cutting back a mildewed plant, spraying with fungicide, cleaning area and mulching and watering will help.  However, try your plant elsewhere Lee 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:40

Excellent Kathy......grass esp 


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:38

Hosta, Spike when I'm firm....Spikey when he is esp endearing.      He is the most gentle and precious of souls though so Spikey is more usual 



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 17:42

I call my dog Spikey, Hosta 

badger Runny?

hot here too.   Still dazzlingly light and warm 

grass cut and some planting done.  Heliotropes putting out strong scent today   Salvia Waverley looking good 



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:22

My Spike is a dog 

divided salvia patens and potted up. ...3 more for next summer

warmer even than yesterday 


Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:09

TT has such large leaves....a hot dry period isnt good.  Mine are planted where soil is good and always manure, etc., added to planting hole.

however, nothing to lose Busy by digging it up and checking for weevils.    Never known weevils go for TT though 

Can you recommend a Telescopic Hedge Cutter

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:10

I bought a gtech cordless telescopic.   Excellent for a season but then is useless.  I have had 2 in past 18 months.  starter button stopped working after a few months.  Exchange sent.  Now after a summer's use the battery has gone.  The battery is built in and the whole cutter is dependent on it.  

The customer service department has so far offered no help...just a polite apology.  I will keep forum informed but GTech is an expensive purchase for a product lasting just one year.  

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