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Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 20:51

Further on this I've just read there's a new version of wild swan for sale now called Dreaming Swan.  Bit taller amd semi double flowers.  Must have this

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 20:43

Good thinking Fairy.  


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 20:42

No, you can't move that safely.

Although many say you shouldn't trim acers I do.  Every spring I prune back to encourage density and I have a very compact attractive shrub

I agree with KEF, your neighbour might like your Acer overhanging his ground.  Ask him

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 19:04

Evening forkers

Roasting day.....feeling the heat still.  Its funny, this morning just a mile,down the road it was very misty yet here blue sky.  That's Cornwall though.  

Busy, gosh that's a lot of mischievous wildlife you have to contend with there.  Don't have moles here.....too sandy I think.  It must be frustrating.

Bought a red coreopsis and couple of penstemons.....actually wanted something blue ....but they look right where they have been planted.  Starting to build up some stock now for next year.  For example, Osteospermum Voltage Yellow has been superb so have propagated more plants ......rooted quickly amd now young plants

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 18:51

I think the problem may be with plugs.  I never buy perennials as plugs or as bare roots (as opposed to rootballed in winter, which is fine) because the failure rate is high and the plants take a minimum of 2 years to make a plant of flowering size.  Buying one plant in a 1, 2 or 3 litre pot is just as cheap as buying 3 small plugs .

As said before, my wild swan has been great.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 14:46

Hiya kent61a


I had mine from a well known nursery.....the same that introduced it at Chelsea in 2012.  It arrived in 3 litre pot.  It was planted on receipt and it simply raced away in growth and in flower.  It's looking lovely now.  

Here it's mild. It was a wet winter but not cold.  It's in good soil in partial shade. Because of its connection to the Japanese anemone strain, the only concern I had was that it might roam.  It seems to be well behaved.

As with all ptsnts, there are different clones.  Perhaps I have a good one and you not.  We will have to see.  So far I think it's a beautIful plant 


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 13:48

So. You like dahlias then Dahlia lover? ????    Lovely collection there.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 12:58

Well done James.  It's a brilliant little nursery with so many "gems"


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 12:56

Wise words dove.  I agree ...often a moved fruit or flowerimg plant produces reasonably well in it's first season but then dies later.  

With raspberries I,would seek out the runners though and plant these.

Hes Eric, spend time now getting the recipient soil in good condition with plenty of added manure etc.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 12:47

I'm big n strong too dove.......I often eat 6 or more donuts in one session!

I would definitely dig out those leylandii.  In my experience they aren't too hard.  I have a 12' picea albertiana conica to remove soon and I would expect to get it up in couple of hours.  Did the same to a juniper....2 actually...last  autumn.

Dig a trench all around the tree and them start rocking helps not to cut it down to ground level but leave a 5' trunk to act as a lever.  Keep rocking and severing any anchoring roots as you do this.  The "tap root" as such usually is not too deep.  It's fun n games, lots of grunts and (inward) swearing n cursing.  The tree rocks more and more until suddenly it keels over.....hey presto!

These things are best dealt with ASAP

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