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Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:31

Lily, gc would have noticed if you pinched a cutting.  You would have been plastered across the local papers.  ,  cuttings taken from such plants would most likely not take anyway but, yes, I would like to think I would have got a decent discount

it is difficult keeping plants looking good over summer in pots......plants would much rather be in the ground. 

What will simply not thrive for you....

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:24

I better post a picture of Wild Swan's no "wuss" 

Lyn well I guess they are a "daisy thing" but daisies are a very large family.  I can grow most of them but I think leucanthemums are some of the most beautiful.  


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:17

Lily, think your instincts were right.  Even in pots Black Lace should look healthy.  Clearly they have been neglected. 

Why not cadge a cutting from someone Lily?  A  4 or 5" cutting taken now should give you a young vigorous plant by next summer

Do yews deplete the soil to the extent that conifers do,

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:12

Not aware of yews depleting the soil supernoodle.I grow quite a lot of yew varieties and I grow perennials close to them and they are thriving.

no,,my opinion is the root systems are not as extemsive as leylandii etc. or even privet. Neither do leaves contamimate soil as pines do.

what variety in particular supernoodle?

Hebe Charming White

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 18:07

Hiya supernoodle, just noticed your post

your soil must be around the acid side of neutral judging by what you already grow.  Prob 6 on ph scale I would guess.

i don't know Charming White but there are masses of hybrids and crossed names of hebes now.  However, they are all similar in their requirements

sunshine,,good drainage and freedom from overcrowding by other plants is how I determine how I grow mine.  The dome shaped ones especially look awful if a bigger adjacent plant sprawls over it so a nice "tidy" keep to itself plant as a neighbour.  A trim every year in spring to maintain its shape and density and very little by way of feeding. My soil is free draining wherever I would plant it but hebes resent heavy wet winter soils.

I have taken cuttings but not often and not recently.  Never much cutting material as they are slow growing but a healthy shoot of 2" or so in a 50/50 mixture of mpc and perlite should root well

Echi what?

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 17:56

My echibeckias have arrived....lovely looking things.  Mine are the orange ones.  For first time,,prob, I didn't know really what to expect as these are new to most of us but I am pleased with them.

cut flowers off and potted up.  They should flower again soon.

excellent plants - on line - posted yesterday, arrived today.


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 17:50

Bit down in the dumps today......another sunny warm day.  Every day's the same 

hey ho!  my plant parcel just arrived.  Will post on my echi what thread.  

Hydrangea options

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:21

Cathy, varieties make a difference too.  Go for a good named variety that suits your is brilliant on an alkaline soil,,for example, so,google,varieties for descriptions.  You might as well have the best you can 

How to look after

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:16

Larry yes it is an artemisia. ,hopefully it is a variety called 

Powys Castle which is well behaved.  

Cut it back now but do so by perhaps a third.  Use the pieces cut off as cuttings for plants next year.  

Yes, a perennial but a harsh winter is likely to kill it

i don't allow mine to spoil that lovely silver foliage.  I trim mine two or three times during the summer to keep it compact

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:11

Meomye, can you put it in the ground?   Far better there 

soil that doesn't dry out but sun brings out the best leaf colour.  Get plenty of goodness in the planting hole

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