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Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:46

Not sure Lily

Blue fescues maybe or yellows like campanula Dicksons Gold.  Or with silver/grey foliage?? Or echinacea White Swan?  Gosh, lily, I don't know.  

Its smaller than Sparkling Burgundy but I think it will be taller down here than the 10" suggested.  

or in a terracotta pot with blue felicias, or........

How to divide crocosmia

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:58

Morning Patricia, I simply divide whole clumps.  They then grow away as if untouched and flower as usual in the summer.  

I have grown Lucifer for yonks and this works well for me.  I never plant singly but I know some do.  If you do they will not flower for a couple of years or more

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:53

Potted on a few perennials, another light prep on veg patch  (soil looks good and ready for sowing)!  and washed the car.  Lots of lilies and tulips growing away in their pots and tempted to plant out but will wait a while yet for their "perfect" spots. 

mizzle out there now.  No wind and very mild but no sun.  

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:44

Ordered Dark Star lily 


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:21


17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:28

At times today it felt more like summer let alone spring.  Smile time indeed Tetley 

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:26

Never argued with grannie .   

Ideas for Shrubs in Front Garden

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:15

Choisya for me too 

However, check out lonicera Baggesons Gold.   A lovely, fairly quick growing evergreen with uniquely olive leaves turning butter yellow in summer.  I grow them here as shaped plants......cones esp.  I keep them to a height of about 5 to 6'

grow eucalyptus gunnii alongside Baggesons Gold for a beautiful all year round contrast.  Coppice the eucalyptus as you do a dogwood in early spring for the best blue juvenile foliage. 

Consider your evergreens by shape too.....

totally agree with Tetley about not going for large shrubs.  Smaller will establish more quickly and soon catch up with larger ones.  Besides you can save an awful lot of pennies.

oh!  Warm welcome Liam 

Last edited: 18 February 2017 23:18:20

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 23:02

Agree with you. Nut.   I move stuff all the time in winter too.  And yes they will establish long before the dry summer months. 

Just think CraighB should be aware too that not all perennials are the same..  

Warmer weather and transplanting

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 22:41

lifting, dividing and tramsplanting is done with regard to the type of perennials involved.

for example, dividing heleniums during the winter would be FATAL.  Many others would suffer too.  Of course some can be divided in winter but the most important thing is to know your plants.

so CraighB, no!  You can't lift and divide in winter with everything.  If in doubt wait until spring 

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