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How do you separate these Daisies

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:46

Sillee me.   Too much haste.  Yes they do look like shastas.  (you all spotted my deliberate mistake ). So. Divide them.  

Thought they were white argyranthemums .....well,,wot do I know?  Just a simple cornishman 

Jetmorgan, Chelsea chop is when vigorous  potentially leggy,late summer plants are cut back to,produce sturdier called because this is associated with Chelsea show times.  Late or mid summer chop is for plants that flower all summer but wane a little now.  Cutting back now energises the plants to produce fresh foliage and buds to flower into autumn. Actually I do that to shastas too....just done .

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:02

Hey, nice one yviestevie.  New to me but looks excellent.  

How do you separate these Daisies

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:51

Jetmorgan, hi, I take through to full size plants next year.  They root easily.

I would not separate......they are short lived and become increasingly woody and leggy.  New plants every year for me.

They are also ideal for the late Chelsea chop.....already recently done this.  Ok, they look bit plain suddenly for a week or two but then pile on plenty of flower buds and flowers for rest of the growing season

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:47

Emotional that fishy.  Would like to read the other 2......?

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:40

Beaus mum, no got plenty of Sunningdale becomes a normal but under flowering astrantia if you let it but the foliage ....the new foliage, ESP in spring, is stunning.  Try it next to dark you will be hooked.

Yviestevie, will have to,check out that knautia....have a feeling it's an annual.  If its perennial I am tempted.  Currently checking out variegated the back of my mind,there's a pirple flowered or maroon flowered green and white variegated sort.

(a very nice plant is Erysimum Variegata .....stunning almost white leaves but possibly temder north of me.)


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:29

Victoria,,if you had deadheaded terracotta early I think more flower buds would be appearing 

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:26

Hello beaks mum

I think you know already astrantias are also a favourite of mine.  Not too many people look into those jewelled faces and see their splendour.  Sometimes I can feel a little obsessed if I ask someone to look into the flower..."duh!....what am I supposed to see?".   etc.

Not sure if seed will produce desired plants....I divide mine.

Your Plants are excellent.  I also like the mounds formed prior to flowerimg.....they are good neighbours for dicentras and the like that flower then.

Looking now for another good white, want Pink penny, Florence and possibly another new variegafed variety.  Divided every 2 or 3 years and they will flower really well


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:06

Hiya Woody

Funny isn't it?  A few years ago I helped a mate sort his little garden and he had a ceanothus ....  thyrsiflorus repens....that was growing into another plant.  It had grown into an odd shape amd he demamded it be tidied up. I warned him he could lose it if I cut it back.  However it responded  well and now looks fine. You can't always know but I think usually such a pruning would be disastrous for ceanothus 


How can I make ericaceous compost more solid?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 08:47

Morning snowathlete

You garden on limestone ?  The lime content will eventually overwhelm any acid compost you add. 

I would be inclined to use ericaceous  mulch around the acid lovers only and plant only plants suitable for your soil.

What acid lovers are you growing?  Are they in a raised bed?

My soil is neutral and I went through the acid lover phase.  Made raised areas for summer heathers, pieris, andromeda, azaleas, etc.  They did well for couple of years. I used flowers of sulphur to lower acidity and sequestrene.  Now I grow acid lovers in pots, Camelias still in the ground because they are more lime tolerant, and borderline like raspberries and lupins have a couple of sprays of Epsom salts. 

You can grow  dwarf Rhodos, azaleas, etc in pots buried in the ground


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 08:37

Morning happymarion.

Sorry if it's already been mentioned, but how big is your garden?  What are your favourite plants?  You tidy or messy?  Any philosophy about gardens and gardening?  

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