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Posted: 05/08/2013 at 11:30

morning david

lavendars do get leggy and tatty.  do you cut it back hard every year?  to keep it young lavendar needs pruning off the flower stems and some of the new foliage after flowering.

if your lavendar has not been pruned and is very woody you can try cutting it back but not into old wood.  take cuttings now...look for young shoots low down and pot them up

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 10:14

hiya tattianna

I would use john innes for your acer if in a pot but an ericaceous one.  acers prefer it on the acidic side and with good soil

the clematis?  yes cut it back to encourage bushyness and plant bit deeper too

Updates..illumination pink and wild swan

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 10:09

thanks paula.  sold as a hardy plant but now not hardy!  it should survive here but I will dig up one clump to overwinter.  will look to see if basal cuttings can be taken

Forum up the creek

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 10:07

i know the forum is free but its not working on my ipad and is haphazard on desktop.  there is clearly an issue.  the forum is financed by ads, etc so there are vested interests in it operating as it should


Posted: 05/08/2013 at 09:59

nice post stacey.  i agree every week, almost, esp at this time of the year, offers a new colour range.  but, not sure about "mother" nature being clever.  what about FATHER Christmas and FATHER time?,

hey!  sun is coming out

Updates..illumination pink and wild swan

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 08:55

I bought anemone wild swan last summer.  It flowered well until  autumn.  It's been flowering this year from spring looking wonderful.  I cut it back ......just old stems....and it's now flowering again with plenty of buds.  So, looks good plant.

Digitalis illumination pink was bought last autumn and overwintered in the GH, potting on few times until,planted out as large plants this spring.  Flowering was excellent and attractive.  Cut it back month or so ago and new flowers emerging.  The real test will be over winter to see if they truly are perennial.  So far I am very pleased with them

Bamboo Problem

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 08:40

Morning jojo

Try to dig as much as you can though.

( even a "miniature" bamboo will cause problems)

Use,super strength glyphosate......b & q stock it......and spray ASAP and again and again on any new shoots you see. You can spray up till September


Posted: 05/08/2013 at 08:36

Morning everyone

Not sure if this will post

Very heavy rain...lots of it too.  Compensating by eating my own blueberries in porridge.  Dlishush!

Very warm and humid though and the afternoon is supposed to be good



Posted: 04/08/2013 at 23:29

Sorry smokin I agree with fidget on this one.

Non flowering penstemons

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 23:23

Penstemons are at their best in their first and second years then deteriorate.  So cuttings should be regularly taken

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