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Devon Pinks

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:28

I think you could still take cuttings now. I trim mine back....even now....to create a glaucoma blue dome over winter.  The pipings are put in 9cm pots of half mpc and half perlite.  a polythene bag helps.

no don't try to divide pinks

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:21

Hiya Matty.  Yes you do seem low.  The weather doesn't help does it.  Glad the camelia move went well....just think of all the flowers on it soon 

I get bit depressed at times...we all do....but a spell in the garden helps.  Clearly you have loads of support on the forum 

Small pond

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:39

That is very small DD.  Is that the size of the water area or the size including edges?  Mine is small but much larger than that.  I intend to make a larger one.  A small pond is hard work I think......and 30 cm is pretty shallow and likely to freeze.  Can you make it 60 cm deep?  

A water feature instead?  Some of these can be solar powered.  The sound and movement of water on a hot summer's day is refreshing.  On a rockery running water....small waterfall....is in keeping but whether solar power will be enough to operate it I don't know.  

I have a feeling that your feared "midgy" spot may be the result. 

 

Calla Lilies

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:43

007 is quite correct.  Used to sell plants and arums were popular seller.  Usually managed to have a flower on them in spring.  They are associated with doom, solemn, funerals, etc. but in the shade they are superb.  So adaptable too...in a pond with lobelia queen Victoria they are excellent.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:32

All rush so far.  Hot coffee and iPad for few moments.

took dog to Gwithin beach this morning, did some shopping, took stuff to local skip and transplanted camelia.  So much haste because rain is coming in from the East.  And it's here now, albeit not too heavy.  Camelia looks good in its new home.....Anticipation is its name and I anticipate loads of flowers to see from kitchen window.  Good rootball, rain will settle it in and it won't even know it's been moved. 

When do I cut back Michaelmas Daisy

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 19:52

Agree with Mat.  Do it now 

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:09

Is your nose that big Lily?       Oops!

wot to do now

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:05

Mmmmmm, not astelia I think Fairy.  But I'm not sure either 

winter gardening

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:03

Can you still get any bare root wallflowers?  Bit late but have seen some still available in local nurseries.

hellebores?  What better for late winter?  

Conifers like cryptomeria Mariana and vilmoriana turn bronze in winter and remain compact.  If you have acid soil how about an azalea or camelia?  you mentioned heathers but do you mean winter flowerimg sort?  Carnea varieties like Vitelli, Ann Sparks and foxhollow produce beautiful foliage colours in winter as well as the flowers.

libertias have unique gold/red colouring on architectural evergreen foliage. Phormiums for colour from darkest red to brightest yellow.    Grasses like testacea...olive foliage....acorus with yellow evergreen foliage, uncIndia uncinata rubra provided maroon evergreen colour.  Arrhenarherum bulbosum is at its best over winter forming very white leaves over winter.......contrast with a dark red heuchera for brilliant winter colour.  Another red "grass" for winter as well as all year round is carex buchanii  60 cm erect features.  Campanulas like dicksons gold form yellow evergreen mounds ...plant black ophiogon alongside.  Cyclamen too. ,and dont forget daffodils.  

 

 

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:48

Well, don't water them Rich.  Dry compost is fine. I find division into fewer but larger pieces better for display next year.  Yes dahlia tubers can get very large.  Divided a couple today...often the clumps pull apart without damaging tubers. I then pot into 3 litre or 5 litre pots and leave in gh.  Don't forget to label them, at least by colour 

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