Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:09
It's very annoying when you turn your back for a few days and end up with tatty stubs on plants you've nurtured all through the Spring.
I don't holiday since my husband won't fly and can't drive at the moment and so my garden is my holiday resort on-tap and I'm very happy to see some old favourites returning this year including my oriental poppies of which I have a very established clump and a newly planted clump from divisions I took last year that are showing flowers although of less stature.
My foxgloves are budding with surprising results too. I purposefully selected those that I could identify as pale in colour (discarding the pinks) and assumed yellows and whites would be the order of the day although some appear to be flushed apricot which whould be an enormous delight, we shall see.
Also, my two nameless climbing roses that I had to move two years back have put down enough root and are showing some marvellous clusters of flowers although my oldest Acanthus is not looking its best this year after more than a decade's worth of trouble free displays of foliage and flower I may have to dig it up.
It's looked sickly all spring compared to its baby that is thriving, with yellow leaves and a very slow growth when usually it does so well. I gave it a feed in early spring but its still looking tarnished and geriatric if I may be so judgemental.
Problem is, (as anyone with an Acanthus will know) removing it completely will be an impossible task as the root systems are incredible invasive, so would digging it up in the autumn regenerate the plant the same as a division? Thoughts would be appreciated