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Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:27

Because it's such a lot to cut back I would wait until spring.  New growth could be damaged. We are getting mild spells then cold then mild again so new growth could be affected.


Are they any good now

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:32

No Barry.  Nothing you can do for viruses.  

Sorry looking good heuchea

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:05

Divide heuchera into a few pieces and pot each. If the Woody pieces aren't rotten they will regrow. plant deeply. 

wash the pieces so they are clean and clearly free from vine weevil and use fresh compost.  I divide heucheras at least every 2 years and they regrow very quickly.  

dividing hostas

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 20:59

I would wait just a few weeks and then divide.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 11:04

Yes I think a plant will be appropriate Edd

my niece wants to get a ring....ashes to glass?  Anyone done this.  At first I thought it was horrendous but a nice gold ring and stone that Morwenna "can keep forever" ?   .  A teaspoon of ashes mixed with the metal...?  I don't know.  Too soon to consider carefully I guess.  Is it appropriate!  Is it creepy!  

How big are vine weevil grubs?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 10:14

Heck, the vine weevil grubs down here are huge.  At least 15 cm long with huge razor like teeth 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 00:05

My mum died this  evening.  I saw her earlier in the day and I knew it would not be long.  Spoke with the nurse at,the care home to say just that.

shock to actually receive the news though.  She died peacefully in her sleep.  No more pain for her now. 

Berberis darwini question

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:50

hiya darrenbrian,

when you plant it out cut each branch back....halfway for me......and it will respond well.  Darwinii reacts well to pruning at any stage but too often we see leggy versions. After flowering in future though and you will have a thick dense shrub.

Are they any good now

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:28

Agree exactly  with welsh onion.  I would go for new modern plants Barry.  

dahlia's and parsley

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:25

Parsley for me is always best sown fresh every year.  

The tuber accidentally lifted is best potted up in gh now Crispin Evans.   Those in the ground prob left now but it's all in the lap of the gods now at this late stage.

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