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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 

Does my rose need moving

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:26

Two things.  I know what I would do.  I know what you should do meomye.

I would move it....its risky right now.  Its an impulsive thing to do.  Its prob an irritating thing to see...?  All the reasons why I would, illogically, move it 

however, it is best to leave it until the autumn.  Meanwhile I would cut some of the soft leading shoots back to shoots lower down to encourage flowers there.  would not feed it because it is growing well and your other roses are fine.

still lots of time to of July and the whole of August and September.  See what happens.  If it flowers you can see if it looks good then


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:19

gotten wet now....dampish humid week ahead.  Perfect for blight.....?

so far I have healthy plants with lots of tomatoes ready to ripen.  All but 3 plants are in the gh but blight can get there too. I have removed more lower leaves to help good ventilation and make sure foliage is kept dry.  Not a lot else to do in preparation if blight does I think it will 

is italophile about?  

Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:14

Sounds a plan then Lou 

strange about astilbes not growing though.  I guess you soaked rootballs well before planting out! 

When to cut back Euphorbia × martini?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:11

Oky doky 

Ideas for below lollipop privet

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:10

Go for nepeta Pheo.  Is it a yellow or plain green privet?

I would consider brunnera hadspen cream too.  It would be fine there.  Forgrt me not blue flowers for a few weeks in spring and nice variegated foliage.  

I would also plant blue generously as you well as blue anemone blanda.  

Dont make it too "busy".  dont cram it with different plants 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:04

Beginner gardener?  Brilliant.

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