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Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:03

A traditional method is to plant deep.  Remove heather from pot, loosen roots if pot bound, mix in mpc with the soil and plant deep just the top inch or so of foliage is above soil level.  Water well and leave until early summer and check for layered shoots 

moving snapdragons

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:44

Mark, i do occasionally move them with great success.  If they are looking good foliage wise right now the chances are they will flower next year.  Dig up with good rootball.  Many are annuals but those would be showing signs of dying off now.  

Skimmias - chalk soil

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:41

Chalk soil is not great for skimmias.  Sooner or later they suffer chlorosis.

I grow abelia confetti too, Chrissy.  Lovely variegated foliage on compact shrub.  

a dwarf variety of photinia, little red robin. Is nice.  Daphne Odoraaureomarginata looks good with wonderful scent too.

spirea gold flame is deciduous but has wonderful orange leaves turning yellow in summer.  I maintain its mounded shape...and deny its awful flowers.....with a hard cut in spring and a second trim in mid summer.

santolina is attractive grey evergreen that I treat exactly as I do the spirea.  Helichrysum, the curry plant, is a silver mound providing a foil to all kinds of flowering perennials.  

ilex crenata golden gem makes evergreen yellow mound, pittosporum a black purple mound, Berberis  atro purpurea nana forms a purple/red mound in the growing season.

lots of compact mound forming shrubs......try some grasses, libertias and phormiums to complement them


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:52

Hiya Punkdoc

i grow Hameln, karley rose (nice pink flowers) and villsoum.  All pretty hardy but villosum is reputedly more tender.  However villosum is my favourite. I tend now to divide pennisetums  every couple of years as they do make themselves at home a little......they develop vigorous deep root systems. I also grow Rubrum,.prob eaton canyon but this is very tender. I struggle to keep this over winter even though I dig up and protect in the gh.  

Large area to clear BRAMBLES & KNOTWEED

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:35

Exactly as Dave said for me.

once grassed brambles etc will be controlled by regular mowing


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:34

Removing hellebore leaves is part of my garden routine now.  Every leaf removed.  No harm done, as Woody said, and diseased tissue is cleared away.  Emerging buds and flowers can then be sent at their best.  

Feels cool and fresh

Still have three large clumps of cannas in flower and miscanthus looking good

wishing everyone a good day 

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:20

Stunning enjoyable pics 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 23:34 does seem a fickle plant with many people.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:58

Just heard from the Home.  Very apologetic.  Changes will now happen.  Etc etc.

just need to keep Home aware I am watching 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:04

Interesting that it grows in alkaline soil.  Maybe I will grow it after all 

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