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Posted: 24/10/2016 at 20:45

For me montbretia is the wild orange stuff that thrives everywhere down here.  Crocosmia is the cultivated sort that provides us with garden worthy specimens.

not sure, technically,,there is a difference between montbretia and crocosmia. both can be thuggish in the garden and need to be controlled.  Montbretia, as I know it, is tougher and spreads seed too I suspect.  

Montbretia does flower for a reasonably long time....always in flower over the spring, summer and autumn.....keep it out of your garden though 

Killing Ivy in Inaccessible Area

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 20:38

Envious of that gh though hexagonal one lacks space.   Your garden is going to look pretty special too  

Killing Ivy in Inaccessible Area

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:53

Excellent Pete  

I have eradicated ivy here and elsewhere using SBK.  Of course, glyphosate is useless now anyway.  By treating cut wood ends if means no need to remove the mass of ivy.  It will die off over the winter. 

Salvia 'hot lips'

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:49

Same as Dave.....exactly.  Cut back and take cuttings.  Hot lips is a pretty tough salvia too   Move it asap though 

Help - should my acer palmatum be in acid soil?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:09

Yes Voni, you can plant acers in ericaceous soil . It will be fine 

Killing Ivy in Inaccessible Area

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:00

Mike, glyphosate will not work on ivy as it is ....the leaves repel the poison.        The ONLY way with glyphosate is to bruise the leaves, as many as possible, to break up the shiny surface and add a drop or two of washing up liquid to help it stick to the leaves.  You will have to wait until spring to do this. 

 the best product to kill ivy is SBK.  It works on the WOODY parts not the leaves.  Cut as near to fhe base as possible and expose as many bare wood ends as possible and paint with SBK. it is effective all year round 

sure you can't access it Mike?  A pair of secateurs or loppers, a paintbrush and the weedkiller is all you need if you can squeeze in there.  

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 18:17

No gardening today.....besides it has rained all day and much of it heavy so not lost anything.  Not cold though and looking good from tomorrow 

winter is when I spend most of my energetic time in the garden.......moving plants, adding compost and generally all the heavy stuff.  Enjoy the physical side of gardening then. It's when all the planning gets actioned so very satisfying   someone mentioned "hibernating" then!!   Can't hibernate in the energetic season 

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When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 18:07

Ha ha Clancy, even mine from cuttings exceed 6' and as much across.  Prob one of the easiest salvias from cuttings 

think people forget that many salvias benefit from decent soil, from added compost,,pelleted chicken manure etc. Amistad is one flowers so profusely that plenty of goodness is essential 

Re the cuttings...I have now promised some because of my posting on the forum;  better make sure I have enough for little old ME 

Too Late?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 17:08

Well, it depends on what perennials they are Cassie . Some yes.  Some no.  

In the garden centres, even if in the open, plants are usually relatively protected

Agree with hogweed too about the choice centres are now stocking up on christmas items with new stock not arriving until early spring.  If you have an idea of what you want don't compromise on buying plants not on your wish list just because they are available. 

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 12:39

It doesn't seem to matter if the cutting has a flower atop or not.  They all seem to take so just remove the tips.

and yes, you can dig up your plants if only in place for the season.  They will still have long roots but trim them back and hard prune the tops.  Pot up into 3 or 5 litre pots, water and pop into the gh.  Down here I  keep them out for a good while longer yet before going into the gh.  

However, these are hardy enough to remain in the ground...mine do.....esp if some sort of protection is given.  The plants will be much bigger if kept in the ground....currently one Amistad tops 9 or 10' 

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