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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


Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:25

Hiya Jim, 

What I meant to say was before I "knew"  anything about the "Chelsea chop" I was already doing it.  It simply made sense to me.  So, fashionable was wrong term.  

However, Jim, it's good to debate, argue, compare notes, etc.  I take on board everybody's views and then do it my way.  

I remember the great Geoff Hamilton advocating hard pruning of hypericum hidcote to control rust.  I was already doing that for exactly same reason......I'm not especially clever but fairly logical and I was fairly new to gardening.  

We all learn in our own way.  


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:49

Got to know your fruits KEF.   Ha ha 

Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:42

Herbaceous or not, pinch out everything if you want the very best out if your plants. It is about grwing a god rot system first and foremost.  Every plant I grow is grown to be as good as it can be.  I have experimented with the Chelsea chop before it became fashionable, I pinched out some and left others unpinched, I planted out when small and grew others on by repotting, I compared mpc with John Innes,  you name it and I have tried it.  One factor though persuaded me never to plant out small stuff in summer or autumn..viz., that they get "lost" or overwhelmed by weed, pest or conditions.  

Orchid lady, we all do things our own way.  Try, experiment and compare.  Growing plants is not rocket science.....we have  all learned to grow in a way that works for us.  You will too.  

Finally, why plant out something that merely occupies a small space whilst growing?  Better to look at an annual filling that or bigger space with colour or scent  whilst your small perennial is quietly growing away in a pot perhaps out of sight.  


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:26

I too think white spectabile is classy.  In the cool and in front of Heuchera blackberry Jam it looks superb. Incidentaly, Blackberry Jam is fast becoming my fav Heuchera.  It  shines as though covered in a clear lacquer.

Just got back from seeing a friend in hospital and, although in a serious state, seems to be improving.  

Warm, sunny, calm weather now.  Picked a huge lettuce......looks mighty tasty 


 The earlier talk of cannas has prompted me to get a couple more planted in the ground.  One big plus about cannas is that, although their leaves are large, they are tough and rarely damaged by pest, wind etc. so they look good even out of flower. 




Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:13

Orchid lady,

I would not plant out until next spring.  I would repot several times when you see roots at the base of the pot. I would not cut any plants but would pinch out growing points.  I would do this 3 or 4 times, probably when repotting.

If you could delay plantImg out until next spring you will then have good size, strong plants to thrive immediately on planting.

Keep pots outside, slug free...check daily under the pots for those little slugs..and weed free and, ideally out of strong summer sun.

I would remove any flower stems too....concentrate on growth.  It's how I do it. No weak or under size plamts are ever planted out by me;   Only those in 2 litre or larger and growing vigorously.

Patience and you will not lose these plants.  you will next  year have full size floriferous  plants for your garden.

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