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Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:04

Agree wo tally with SFord.  I too live in far South west and grow aeoniums.

The leginess is part and  parcel of the plant.  Even outside it tends to grow that way.  I too take cuttings...top few inches and they root and grow away quickly.  This helps the main plant to branch a little.  In my experience, if you cut too far back the plant can suffer or die.

I think they do best kept in well drained compost in pots plunged in the ground and then lifted again for the winter.  Despite surviving very well most winters here they can suffer from cold and wet so wise to bring indoors then.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:53

Well, what a night!

My old mum...92 on Tuesday.....had a stroke and rushed into hospital.  Won't know til later but signs initially are good. ,will know more later.  She is usually a sprightly relatively fit lady but last night the frailties were obvious.  Puts things in perspective though....garden matters can wait

Hope everybody is well here 

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:51

Get rid of the muscari.  They are a weed...ok a beautiful weed....and take over very easily.  

Easier said than done I guess.  My garden was full of muscari.   I propagated them with zeal, loving that blue colour.  Then I realised my folly and remove every one I can.  

They will spoil your houseleeks Berkeley.  They will simply multiply and dominate. Can you clear one or two houseleeks?  Dig up and remove the bulbs as you see them?  How big an area are we talking about?  Perhaps start at the top and clear them there?  

You should be able to lift houseleeks and replant intact.

If you can't face it right now perhaps at summer's end?  The bulbs will still be visible 

Good luck 

white mould on phormium tenax

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:07

If you can get a healthy piece it will grow with more colour and energy.  Too many Phormiums are allowed to grow too large.  They lose their juvenile colour and revert to green ultimately.  Division keeps Phormiums attractive so not a shame marion

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:48

Yep 

lupins-and-delphiniums

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:45

Mine are outside in pots now... 3 litres.....ready to be planted when wallflowers, etc are  removed.  For me lupins are a late spring early summer "crop". When flowering is over  many are divided and potted up and tender late Summer gems are then planted in their place. Lupins are a sorry looking bunch after flowering prone to snail damage and add nothing to the mid  summer to late summer  garden 

Hosta Problem

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:30

Hostas do like damp  but not as wet as some people may think.  In addition those hostas of orchid lady's have small roots unable to cope with too much wet.  Too wet and too cold for small roots lackdesp the desire for strong growth just yet.

The reason for putting the sad looking one in the GH is to try and dry it out a little

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:25

Cornwall is ablaze with daffodils right now....fields full of em everywhere.  Cornwall is bright with Camelias, Rhodos, magnolias, etc too so not everything is yellow 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:19

Mrsgarden

Stick that euphorbia cutting in a pot of compost.  Don't even cover it.  Keep it in the warm...inside....for week or two then outside.  

Wet now but still warm.  

 

White spots on plants

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 13:03

Prob your slug solution Lottie.   Doesn't sound like mildew to me.   

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