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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:53

Logan, just noticed your post about wallflowers.

most of mine are growing away in veg patch.  I dig them up with a good rootball to plant where I want them during November. this way wallflowers are big specimen plants maybe 60 cm tall and wide.     Dug up with intact rootball they do not notice the transplant at all .

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:47

no flowers, keep dry now but watch out in early spring for signs of growth then start light watering.  Quite fun really getting the dahlias off to an early start.  Makes a difference to the quality and length of flowering.   Most of mine fill 5 litre pots by mid June and ready for immediate impact in the garden. 

Japanese anenome / peony

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:40

Derekp,,do nowt.  Leave them 

a scattering  of pelleted chicken manure in spring....not too close to peonies though and not too thick

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:33

A decent dose of potash Dave ....not the miniscule amount in tomato feed.  Hydrangeas need more substantial quantities

worked a treat on non fruiting gooseberries a few years back and haven't looked back since 

potash is easily leached from the soil 

i would mulch too with dried manure 

Last edited: 27 October 2016 20:35:56

Feeding hedgehogs

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 19:56

Yes, I am very worried too.  Been told those little hogs need to be found urgently or will die.

Angie can you try and find them or contact local vet, police station or RSPCA centre? 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 18:20

Not much time to garden but I did add a couple of perennials and imperata red baron ( now large from springtime division) to revamped border.  

Looks like I've volunteered myself to sort out nephew's garden too....  not big..prob less than 50 sq metres so a couple of hours.  

Small plug perennials

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 18:13

do that Sharon but inform the supplier.  You should have that info in order to grow those plugs properly as well as knowing if you have something worthwhile or just plain rubbish.   


Posted: 27/10/2016 at 17:58

Graham, yes you did right in removing walnut size fruit. 

I would be inclined to drape polythene over your least fleece..   i think it will help imperceptibly tiny figs to grow enough to provide fruit next summer.  


I would not fertilise it ...just protect it to encourage fruit 

iona, yes very confusing info about figs.  Letting nature do its thing is prob the best treatment for it. 

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 17:49

June, you need to dig.....dig deep, wide and thoroughly.  Chemicals are useless. 

yes, there was a recent thread about removing yuccas but the simple conclusion was hard work I'm afraid.  

If it is in the middle of the lawn you will have plenty of space around it.  They are difficult because the root system goes deep and it readily regrows from pieces left behind.  

a deep trench all the way round.  A good winter job.  Do it thoroughly now and the job is done but no half measures, ok?  

Personally, it is good you are getting rid of it.  It is a dangerous plant and not suitable for any garden.  Don't let those who have yuccas persuade you as to their beauty etc. and urge you to keep it.

good luck June 

First time

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:05

Yes sunshine preferred, I think you have your answer but WELCOME 

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