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Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:17

Fairy, Fairy, Fairy.......

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:04

Aaron, well I LOVE acer Flamingo.  

It is a popular plant here and most are drawn to it.  A real eyecatcher

I cut it down in autumn and it makes a 10' tall and wide beautiful shrub by mid summer.  I pinch the tips two or three times in summer to promote deep pink new shoots.  Grow it with cotinus Royal Purple for a spectacular summer long display 

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:50

dahlias that is!  

They are blowsy, in your face, full of earwigs, need staking and have no shape or structure at all.   On the face of it not my sort of plant at all 

So why then am I enjoying them more and more?  

I am particular......brutal with those I dislike.....but I am growing more fond of them esp at this time of year.  Along with salvias and heleniums right now dahlias are providing colour galore 

 They grow so large and can dominate the garden unless divided every year or two.  But it makes me popular......I give away my surplus every year.

So...blowsy, gaudy, brash even vulgar or are they indispensable? 

ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with gardening, too!

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:31

Fairy has covered pretty much my view too.  

I monitor everything (haggle hard for everything too) 

Compost in pots, reknew or feed?

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:42

BML, if large pots and for annuals I remove prob the top half and renew that.  However, check for vine weevil grubs.  Permanent planting ...use only john innes by the way....should be top dressed as fidget suggested 

I would not use growmore in pots is a harsh, caustic chemical that actually kills worms and the like.   I prefer fish blood and bone or some pelleted chicken manure/dried farmyard manure lightly incorporated.  Summer applications of tomato or seaweed spray too  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:34

Hey Marion.....beautiful flowers, a new fork AND a bacon butty  no wonder you are HAPPYmarion 


Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:28

Knee Deep

thankthecat is correct about to find out which varieties suit your area. Here in Cornwall certain apples will not grow; others thrive.  Plums a big no no yet we have native varieties like the Manaccan plum that are happy here.  

however,,how long have you  had these trees in your garden.....newly planted?   Do you feed, thin or prune?  where are the trees? open ground or trained against a wall or fence?  How many apple trees do you have?  Are they ALL scabby? 

Maybe a picture Knee Deep 

How to divide crocosmia

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:18

I made 3 x 3 litre plants...bulbs, corms, rhizomes...from one crocosmia clump yesterday.  A delighted friend went away with a piece too 

for me gardening is simple.  Often it is made unnecessarily complicated.  I see folk eying up their shrubs, secateurs in hand but not knowing what to do.  I tell them to see how they fruit, flower and grow and the process becomes easy.  

met a delightful 84 year old lady recently who tends her half acre garden.  She roots in her garden soil, takes rough heel cuttings and "chops" perennials to propagate them to fill her garden.  She never buys compost and still makes her own.  Yes, gardening is as simple...or as you want it to be. 

have a great day folks 

Last edited: 30 October 2016 08:20:02

How to divide crocosmia

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 20:21

People make things soooo complicated

I divide crocosmia plants...not separate the corms.  

I regularly divide because it keeps them under control.  Whether potted or replanted they flower every year...I posted a picture during the summer.  

When to move a deciduous ceanothus?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 19:48

Yes Thankthecat you could lose it.  None of the ceanothus really enjoy being moved. my own success rate is prob 25% or less.  You said the roots are growing outwards so prob near the surface and widespread.  Difficult to get a rootball I think 

I really empathise with you and understand where you are coming from.

why doesn't the support stake keep it uoright?  Or have I missed something?  Is the ground too hard? 

Why not also treat yourself to another plant or wait a while for cuttings to take? 

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