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sarcococca trimming

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:56

Lisa, mine are tall too....easily pruned back as hard as you like.  pruned one back...I do this to a rounded "topiary" e 3 weeks ago. 

For me sarcoccoca is not slow growing and makes a large shrub 

Plant ID

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 17:55

See what you mean hosta. I would have said Sundance too...actually I think it is but maybe growing in a little shade.  Could be the straight green form in need of a feed.   Whatever, treatment is the same

However, it can be pruned hard back but best cut to where a green shoot or two is on every stem.  I would do it asap to give it as long a growing period as possible this summer. 

Apart from a large choisya (12' plus) I like to grow them as rounded evergreens.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 17:19

Pretty much agree with hosta...early start is essential for long flowering of cannas.

however,,mine are outside....mild s.w. ....In large pots and in the ground and already making lots of growth.  They start flowering in mid summer here. a cold frame should be sufficient if it is not too cold there Winter.  Right now, when temps are not great at night, I would not push them. Two or three weeks' time and it will be warmer and then growth more noticeable.

Get cannas in big pots asap. cannas, of course, need sun but in pots they need to be well watered and fed during the growing season.....don't let them dry out. 


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:58

But which variety Charley?  It makes a big difference 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 12:01

Delivery of plants today 

pouring with rain now 

Water run off problems

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 11:59

Totally agree.  

Val, pluck up the courage you may need and tell your mum's neighbour what is happening.  Maybe you can go together. Possibly the neighbour will co-operate.  

Is this her own home or council/rented  property?  If the latter get the council/landlord involved.

an elderly neighbour once had her neighbour drill a hole in her boundary wall and a drainage pipe installed for the water to pour into her property. I had a word and concreted over the hole.  He got the message.  Hopefully, your mum's neighbour is more considerate. 


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 07:57


Help with Dahlia

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 07:56

Sorry Lorna, I would discard that 

I pot up tubers in pots not trays.  And keep dry for time being.  Pot up so that the tubers are completely covered in compost with just the tip of the stem above the surface.  An unheated greenhouse is fine. start to water, very lightly, only when you see green shoots.  

In your trays your tubers are too exposed. buy another dahlia instead of fungicide 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 07:46

Morning folks 

miserable wet and windy morning.  Looks like an easter washout . Stormy too.  Is this storm Katie? 

ah well!  at least I got some work done in the garden during the week 

sorry Runny but I hope you enjoy Cornwall anyway.


Posted: 25/03/2016 at 21:01

Flumpy,,it does depend on what sort  you have....some are tender and often do not grow back after winter unless kept in a greenhouse. do you know what you have?

varieties like Cannington Roy, Tresco Purple, etc.,the "spreaders" ... are relatively hardy and can be cut back now.  You can take cuttings now too. 

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