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Posted: 15/04/2012 at 01:00

@Sunny1, you can plant them out in trenches to save making individual holes. And a Strawberry is worth the effort no?  When they are OAP you have great composting material, plus they make babies for you without even asking. Seems like a fair trade for some labour that makes your muscles nice, tans you as well and you can be smug to taste delicious fruits like nothing the supermarkets can get close to! Just don't freeze the excess, they turn to mush  Good luck!

@ rosie plum, I just give up respect for a plant that refuses to die! Haha, you got to love em for it, unless its a weed

Best time to move raspberry canes

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 00:48

I moved a bunch of summer fruiting raspberries just before they popped their leaves earlier this year, I don't have autumn fruiting ones but a word of raspberry-loving caution. The first year I had one raspberry cane and it sprouted three babies  for me. The second year, three turned into eight and the third year's eight doubled or more! I moved them all to a better spot last year and the bare earth subsequently erupted with about twenty baby plants in soil I thought was bare. Turns out my thorough digging wasn't thorough enough. The roots are shallow but somehow I missed them! Anyways, this year I have thirty plus raspberry canes and still some odd roots are sprouting shoots under my veg beds and in between the path and other plants. They really are rampant! So best of luck moving but watch out

Phormium newbie

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 00:19

Phormium Chocolate Dream has just gone through its first winter and up until the UK snow this year, it seemed fine. It wasn't flattened at all, but its leaves are now yellowing, with little bits of browning. I really think the leaves are lost to the weather but what I would like to know is will the plant replace them? It grew really fantastic last summer, trebling its original size and I don't see any rotting or unhappiness at the base. The base of the leaves are still good in colour as well as the baby ones that haven't grown yet. My soil is sandy and free draining and the plant is in a full sun position although I guess its exposed since there are no windbreaks except a nearby south-west facing fence which I'm assuming would bring warm winds anyways. Its only my second Phormium purchase since I was put off by the last one rotting (bad planting on my part) but I do have a Cordyline that is extremely happy in a west facing position at 15ft tall.

If anyone has more knowledge of these plants than I do, I would appreciate the input. I've googled unsuccessfully on the subject.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:51

I heard a quote on the Monty Don 80 gardens around the world that said, a garden is the only art-form we live in. I can hardly describe my love for gardening that goes beyond all my other hobbies and past-times as something that touches the soul and living inside it is my endless pleasure for eight-nine months of the year! I miss my garden desperately through the winter months; plants heal me when I am sad, I talk to my plants when I am tending them. Today, I carried some new plants around the garden in a bucket and when I asked myself why, I realised it was to introduce them to their new world. That sounds crazy but I truly cherish the space I have as something visceral and instinctive. Its artfully crafted, but knowledgeably tended. It's a living picture of my happiness!

Who's afraid of varginia creeper

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:12

I bought a medium sized Virginia Creeper two years past and after changing my mind about where to grow it, one of the long stems fell off during transplanting. I put the stem in the compost bin and left the moved plant to settle in (this year should see it whizz away since I noticed its roots are very thick when I under planted this spring) but the stem in the compost bin started growing last summer, so I chopped it up into pieces and potted it up. It survived the winter nicely without protection and I just planted baby Virginia Creeper opposite Mummy, so they can wave at each other . Those five or six stems all rooted and are ready to shoot off this year!

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 22:57

I bought 1 summer fruiting raspberry cane from a boot-fair four or five years ago for £1 and now have 30 largest canes ready to fruit this year. Its rampant stuff!

Today I bought four boxed perennials from B&Q at a reduced price of 50p each! Since I have a nicely filled garden and am currently on a budget (I brought a total of 8 different plants for £12) I can indulge in the sickly specimens as well as propagating single specimens to my heart's content, patiently awaiting their splendour in two or three years which is fine by me because it takes me that long to place them!

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