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Posted: 26/02/2014 at 16:53


I grow a few different astrantias.   Love em.

However....just in case....don't plant in hot poor or dry soil.  They will simple disappear. Good dampish soil in partial shade is perfect although I do grow them in sunny spots too but soil is very good there.

Agree about potting up first.

Soil problems

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 16:41

Plenty of good,stuff for the soil.....Dove pinched my words.  I too would use fish blood amd bone.  


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 16:12

Well hello forkers.

Still a lovely day, lovely day,......could sing that if you like 

Dramatic changes in the garden every day now.

Went down to take garden prunings, etc to the local dump.  Too much hurry....when I opened the boot no garden waste.  Hate that, ESP when trying to do a lot.  I am a sillee billee 

Pruned solanum alba, mahonia, dogwoods etc and dead stems remaining on some perennials in preparation for new growth.  Checking plants growing in GH for signs of growth and impatiently gently scratching away in the soil to hurry them up,

Its been dryish for a few days now....well, more dry spells than showers looking to work on the soil soon 


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 08:05

Lovely here.  Feels like spring, looks like spring and by golly it is spring 


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 07:53

Lovely and bright morning.  Feels springlike.  

Hope weather is good wherever you guys are 

About to Prune established cornus to the base

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 07:51

Sorry chicky.   Yes agree with fidget.  Each an every stem cut to few inches above ground so you do see those stems.

Golden Bamboo

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 23:32

Jack, check out grasses though...miscamthus amd Calamagrostis make those wonderful sounds too.   I noticed Red Robin bushes....large B & Q today.  

About to Prune established cornus to the base

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 23:28

Hiya Paul, yes but organic for me.  Chicken pellets, dish blood amd bone, etc

Bindweed :(

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 23:24

Wait umtil you see the new shoots.....rosettes spring amd spray with glyphosate.  6 hours of dry weather then required.  Then spray whenever further green shoots with leaves are seen throughout the summer.

I had a garden infested with bindweed.  Now I have none.  Glyphosate is very effective but you need to be vigilant amd persistent in the first season of treatment.   Never dig it out.....always spray it.  The roots are very brittle and every piece will supply a new plant.  

It is a hormone type weedkiller......glyphosate....and is only effective when the weed is actively growimg ....I.e. from spring to late summer 

willow arc

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 23:19

You would need large pots and to keep,them very well watered and fed.  What size did you want these to be?

In reality they need to be in the ground.

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