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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:32

What's the square root of hedychium  Fairy? 

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:29

Montbretia or crocosmia Caral?

Did you buy them or did they just invade your garden?  Orange? Red? Yellow?

Montbretia are real toughies.  I would cut off those broken stems....wait a few days to see which ones recover.  Lots of time for them to flower.

Crocosmias are a little different.  They flower for,shorter time and more likely to need tme to recover.  But same treatment.  However, all summer to come....not the worst time of year for such a mishap. 

White Red Valerian

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:23

Yes Philippa,  different plants I think.

The pink ones are pink....not red fading to pink.  I,think the pink is the most widespread around here but the red and white ones are the wild.

No wildlife expert, no real knowledge of wild plants, but at times nature is fantastic.  On our towans she grows yellow evening primrose and vipers spires.....the various valerians,  saponaria, wild orchids, montbretia, wild gladioli, and plants I do not know the name of.  All complementing one another beautifully.  Towards the cliffs thrift covers huge areas and of course gorse......that fantastic vanilla smell.  lemon thyme too grows everywhere......walking on it releases lovely lemon scents. 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:10

Unless bought as plugs or bare root, astrantias don't really need too much time to settle in before,flowering.  I had a white.....superb Jumble Hole....astrantia bought as a 2 litre that flowered all summer to a height of 3'.  Already opening its buds at 3' this year and I expect a summer lomg display.   Some varieties,,though, are more floriferous than others. ,

(anyone looked into the flowers of astrantias? jewels!)

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:04


Hypericum calicynum, rose of Sharon , was ome of the very first things I planted.  Tose large yellow flowers,,evergreen foliage,,easy to look after, etc. But it spreads fast.  It did for me anyway.  I dug mine up and it needed a couple of goes to eliminate it.  

Perhaps others will disagree, have a different experience, but I would not plant this Charley.  War about a vigorous geranium instead like Russell Pritchard or Wargrave Pink?

Slug pellets

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:59

I would not put pellets anywhere near fruit or veg.  No point growing your own safe food if you do this.  Used sparingly and well away so no poison seeps into your crops 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:55

Alan, I would pull off those side branches, cut them back a little to buds....the bottom of the cutting,  remove the buds, trim back the top  and pop into a sharp compost mix,,water well and stand in warm, sheltered spot. ,I'm sure they will root.

Hey,Alan..thought it was just me who did that.  In my haste I often clumsily break part of a plant, etc 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:43

Only temporary, (for a day only) and short canes and, now, not necessary for me.  No bimdweed

Nothing more ugly than old carpets placed on the soil for 2 or 3 years or black plastic covering large areas to inhibit perennial weeds.  The soil is ruined, gets stale and sterile and pests have a field day. Thank goodness for glyphosate. 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:41

Bit cheeky chicky  Ha ha 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:40

Photinia does seem to suddenly give up and die.  

Its such a naturaly leggy shrub that it mostly looks less than perfect.  I now have just 2.....Pink Marble amd Little Red robin .....and both are pruned regularly to try amd keep compact. 


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