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Red Robin Tree

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:34

Hiya  Rachy147,

the idea is to mix compost with creates good conditions for new rooting yet acclimatises them for the existing soil.

your plant will grow though. ,since you have staked it you can leave it as it is but can you remove some of the compost around your photInia....not too near the roots.....and mix with soil to return to the area?

Ideally though start again.  It won't be difficult. And mix compost and soil....add some root grow (mycchorizal granules/powder) to the bottom of the hole too....and a little organic fertiliser.   

Cutting back neighbours trees/plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:23

Good advice Alan 

What do you do next with cuttings that have taken pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:20

Yes Christopher Lloyd did say that, i.e. not to pot on at this time of year, but those roots are ready.  So I would carefully separate them and pot on into 9cm pots.  Water in.  Keep indoors.  I'm sure they will be fine but don't pot on again until spring 

What is this cute little beauty please?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 09:04

Alyssum for me too folks esp if it came from nowhere.  However, as soon as I see it out it comes.  Once in your garden you will never lose it If you live in a mild area. Seeds everywhere down here.  

Iberis is more shrubby.....once had a bed devoted entirely to it.  Topped on a slope by yellow alyssum and it looked great in spring.  

To late to plant foxgloves?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:56

Perks, what about euphorbia polychroma to front your foxgloves and alliums?  In spring a mound forms topped with chrome yellow flowers for a few weeks. ,lovely sight.   However, not great if you have young children likely to touch them.

or consider geum totally tangerine.  Another mound forming plant with orange flowers for months, often during winter (for me down here) 

i have some white foxgloves to plant out but will delay until early spring simply because they are likely to make better plants if planted out later 

Lawn issues

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:48

Post a picture Zara.  It will help work out the problem 


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:46

Sunny here too.  But rain overnight and rain, rain and more rain for the week ahead.  Only consolation is its not too cold 

Astible leaf browning

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:44

Paul.....just normal.  Your astilbes will "spring to life" again next spring 

Lawn issues

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:51

I like your style Frank.  The shaving mirror is popular with me too 

i agree....who really is an expert?  We do what we find works for us 

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:47

I always prune these shrubs Hard back .....the foliage is so much better for it as is the density.  However, for perfection of foliage, pinch out leading shoots 2 or 3 times during the summer.  Makes a big difference to quality of foliage. ,wouldn't grow it for its flowers though 

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