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Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:05

Woody you may well like carex comans bronze too. Likes it dry.  Mound that slightly cascades and another unique (foxy brown) colour

problems with broccoli and caterpillars

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:00

Don't like mobile protein though 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:53

Woody, testacea is a "grass" I grow too in a few places.  Uniquely coloured and seems to grow well in varying conditions.  I have echinacea salsa red with it as well as anemone wild swan.  Makes an easy comfortable group

Weeping pear

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:31

Billie, you can do it now.......?

problems with broccoli and caterpillars

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:27

I just eat the broccoli and leave caterpillars on the plate 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:23

Stacey, which grasses did you get?  Which echinaceas?  They mix well I think.  You sound excited   That's what plantimg is all about.

I recently bought plugs of echinacea Chyenne.  Great value 12 for under £20.  Despite my usual apprehensiion/resistance to perennial plugs these were large and growing away really well.  I love echinaceas.....must have 15 or more different vsrieties, actually a little more prob....and they are delightful right now.  

Almost bought a,couple of molinias today.  They need slightly heavier /wetter soil than I have but decided to get them now.

Whats all this about spam?  I like spam.  I remember the Monty python spam sketch and still giggle 

Heuchera - What variety is it and advice on looking after it

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:02

Right, dig it up.  Pull apart..don't be afraid to do that.  If its to go back into that pot change the compost.  Use a John innes  number 3 compost. Plant fairly deep.  Water well.  I would top dress with grit.  Cover with fleece or leave in shade for few days.  Pot up other divided pieces

You can do this right now.....just done one myself.....despite mid summer

Heucheras quickly get woody and seemingly "climb" out of the ground so deep planting makes for nice looking plant.

Not too clear there but prob is palace purple.....not most attractive variety though.  There are some amazing nenw varieties now

Giving my Sage bush the chop.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:18

Cut back very hard in spring.....and take cuttings.  They're easy.

However, still time ro cut back now and I would.  If will respond quickly.  Again take cuttings which will root by September.

Sage gets woody ..and ugly.....after  a couple of,years if no annually pruned

Weeping pear

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:13

I prune one for a friend.  Never flowered but this is 8' tall at least.

I cut out inside branches.  I prune branches to upwards buds for width and downward to narrow..  Yes, lift the skirt too.  Needs plenty of space, good focal point where it is........and that silvery green foliage looks good with sunlight on it.  Doesnt  need flowers 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:05

Birds offen peck out centres of saxifrages.  Not my strength but wildlife guys may confirm 

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