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Posted: 12/07/2015 at 23:13

Perhaps busy.....but oooooo uses just one finger 

its not rain folks....its warmth and humidity. ,just forewarning cos blight can be devastating and so quickly.


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 23:09

They're fine Yvie....those cannas

they need regular moisture now and feeding if you want to keep them in those pots.  

They will get very tall.....can you plunge those pots in the ground to give extra stability?

My own are similar, perhaps a little bigger and slightly ahead with the beginnings of flower stems on some of them. prob at same stage as Hosta's.  

However those in the ground are much group is at least 7' across...... Hopefully to produce plenty of spikes soon.  

Fruit trees near conifers

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:37

Dont grow leylandii Artemis.  The usual guide is that the roots grow further than the tops.

prob worth digging a piece of trench and see if there are any roots there. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

how close do you intend your planting?


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:34

I resemble that remark Tetley 

sure your wallflowers will be fantastic Hollie 

Fruit trees near conifers

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 18:36

Should be ok Artemis.

make sure leylandii roots arent trespassing onto orchard area.  Dig in compost

make sure ground doesnt dry out for first couple of years and apply mulches

Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 18:18

no hairy carrots on my plate Lyn.deliciously sweet too 

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Posted: 12/07/2015 at 17:08

Lyn, first year for me with them. However, I cut them hard back when planted and, yes,,will do same this autumn.  They flower on mew wood......(did I say mew wood?  A CATastrophe???) Hydrangeas never really appealed to me except for the white ones but these paniculatas are lovely

Talkback: 10 astrantias to grow

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:46

Three TheTlady....have you met Tetley?  

Roma is outstanding. jumble hole, my favourite (flowers all summer and taller than the rest) and Hadspen Blood.  

Caroline, dont think they will flower in a pot.  Mine are all in good moist soil.  Mostly sunny but other plants create afford some shade.  Moisture is the key Im sure.  


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:39

Hi, again, Lou.  We cant keep meeting like this 

the forum had a big discussion about aconitums...monkshood a few weeks back

prob that newspaper story gave too much blame to the plant.

however, I would not be without mine.  

I grow them where children cannot touch them or where passers by dont brush against them.  It is not sensible to plant by the front door,,by a path, etc.

monkshood has been grown for hundreds of many have died from them?  Ok, some famous people and some enemies of mine have perished but accidental deaths are few and far between.

I have aconitums just about to flower and they are stunning plants.

our gardens...our environment....are full of toxic and dangerous plants.  Giant hogweed, for example, is a much bigger threat. Only last week some children were hospitalised because of terrible permanent blisters caused by comtact with hogweed.  At a local park yuccas are being grown....they are about 60 cm high and right by the pathway.  Just imagine a child or anyone bending down into those?

Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:29

Ah, my soapbox again  

why not buy a good named variety of astilbe Lou?  Perfect time now to see vigour and colour and there are some stunners around now.  Go on, treat yourself.   You deserve it.  And give your Morrisons astilbes to a friend 

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