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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:32

Hiya Nicky.  Good to see you here   Brilliant

Geoff Hamilton

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:31

Thanks David.  That's why we all loved Geoff.  We could identify with his gardens,his ordinaryness.....done brilliantly.....was such that we could all emulate him in our own gardens.

I too will get his DVDs   

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:17

I shock nurserymen and GC managers constantly by telling them I will be cutting back their fantastic looking plants.....except for this morn.  Nursery owner was impressed....or was she humouring me?  

Love debates on my fav hobby but all good humoured and respectful of other viewpoints 



Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:12

Think punkdoc is enjoying his birthday.....prob looking forward to slap up meal

Been busy morn....dry and even a little warm.  Popped into little nursery and added to my collection of echinaceas.....viz., guava Ice and vintage wine. (lost the latter when I impulsively kept moving it couple years back).   First thing I did was chop off flower buds.   It will flower again in a few weeks and continue into the autumn. Otherwise it will flower now for few weeks and stop, and be on a lanky plant. 

Lovely nursery that has changed a little from grasses to flowering perennials !  


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:59

Morning folks.

Have nice time Dove

Dont grow it but Valentine is lovely dicentra KEF.    I find it very satisfying widening and curving borders.brings out my creative side, if I have one.  Enjoy yourself.

Slugs!  What can I say without cursing?  Never aware of so many. They have clearly enjoyed the mild wet winter.  Lupins have been attacked with a vigour but, luckily, I have  been equal to them.  Last night I removed quite a number from I have been over past week.....and the lupins are looking good, some even quite majestic.    

Have to prepare a veg patch for a friend this morn.  And, later.  support a friend's son whose mother is seriously ill in hospital.  Not sure what to say but hopefully can help.

Have good weekend everyone. 


Browning Juniper

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:45

I too think its an, cat or fox. Something regular and localised to that habitual spot.  I would,,for a week or so, simply place a piece of screen, mesh, anything to stop your nightly visitor Johnny.  It will then recover.  Careful about pruning  too much back ..or any pruning....just yet.  When new growth begins you can think about it then

Camila advise

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:48


Camellias move quite easily as they usually have good compact root system.  If mine, yes I would move if.....I moved one just couple of weeks back that was about 6' and it is growing already.  

A good rootball, a hole already prepared and water well and then a generous mulch.  It should be fine.  

Some may suggest you move it in autumn but I think it could affect flower bud formation then so do it I said, keep it watered during the summer and it should flower as usual next spring.

Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:42

Hiya Busy, 

I too gave up hanging baskets.....too much work watering, feeding, dead heading.  Besides, other people do these things far better than me.  


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:39

Yes, I would cut off flowers from hellebores if they are going over.  I also cut off any that appear in the summer.  I like hellebores to be rich green foliage foils during the summer for other things.  Also flower removal does two things....plants look and are "cleaner" and they can build up more energy to flower in winter/spring 


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:34

Hiya lesleyK.  Welcome

So disappointed with this evening's Chelsea coverage.  No news of plamts again 

Planted my dahliette.  Had some nice comments about if but it's a harsh bright yellow blob and it's coming out.  

Might pop into a local grass nursery....well, it sells grasses and tender stuff...tomorrow.  Although I have a lot of grassss I want a couple of molinias in a border which is a little more moist.  A couple of pennisetum rubrums are showing growth..they are late, warm season they will be planted soon


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