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Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:49

I'm sure it will be fine chicky.  Fingers crossed anyway.  

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:46

Hiya novice.

I cut mine back in autumn....early spring is better.  You don't get the flowers.  I grow mine for its foliage.

If you cut back in spring and do so hard to the base ??ou will get strong upright highly coloured leaves on a compact tidy bush.

You can move it.....I moved mine one winter.  Make sure you get good rootball.  Not sure about cuttings as I have never wanted to do this but I think hardwood cuttings would work well 


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:36

Yes, euphorbia rainbow is a cracker.  I never like two variegated plants side by side.....not that you would do this .....they just compete to outdo each other.  I learned this many years back.

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:16

Hee hee hee 


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:15

Yep, much like weeds here.  I simply dig up a large clump and chop down with a spade then pot up into 3 litre pots or replant.  The divided clumps flower reliably every year.  

A divided clump planted in large pot and buried in the ground enables it to be restrained without affecting the flowering.

Lucifer is such a wonderful red.....nothing quite like it I think.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:58

Shirley and gardeners delight as grafted plants for me.

Got some unusual varieties from Italophile that I am excited about growing from seed too.  And with this long hot summer I'm optimistic about a bumper crop 

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:49

Yes, agree with punkdoc.  Dig it thoroughly first, get plenty of compost or manure in and then top dress the soil annually.  Without that first dig the ground will forever be a challenging foe.  


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:43

Very, very windy here now. Warnings galore re wind, rain and floods.  Hmmmm.   Sounds bad.  Then another even worse one for Sunday apparently .   Bring back 2013.

Stacey, Astrantia Sunningdale is a stunner.  Especially spring and early summer the foliage is spectacular.  You miss the Xmas smilies?  

Hope Chicky has good news about her tree.  


Tree Fern Survival

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:33

Dry straw, fleece, etc in the crowns amd then tie up tightly the fronds to keep crown dry.  The fronds will die over the winter but crowns will be ok.  Remove tied back fronds in spring.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 11:23

I love dealing with new areas......stones, roots out and goodness in.  Very satisfying.  At aummer's end I dug up a conifer that had served its time well.  Heavy and stubborn.  Lots  of cursing, sweating, attacking but eventually it yielded.

 Then a new plot to clear and enrich.  To see that new empty bed was worth all that effort.  It is now filled with heleniums, Astranias, hellebores, Heucheras,,hostas, grasses, etc.  (Even got one of my anemone wild swan there). I have high hopes for spring and summer.

Good luck james......that ham sounds good too 

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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