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Thanks chicky, I may take up your advice if I don'y find what I want at Malvern. Bloms bulbs had them at Chelsea.
V. My astrantias are i full sun all day and seem to thrive. If I put them with my helebores they would be in deep shade at present!
Oakley W. yes they are a steady performer, getting a bit bigger by the year.
Hello happymarion, I shall be interested in your views on the 2 Dorset gardens you are to visit in July. I think I know which ones you mean and look forward to hearing how much you enjoy them.
Has it got white fleshy roots?
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Enough of rats! Bob Flowerdew's advice to this question on GQT some time ago was that to succeed you must have very good ventilation as the propensity (technical term) to get mildews and moulds etc in the warm humid atmosphere is high. This is what defeats most polytunnel users when they first start.
Seedheads look like aquilegias, as do the leaves. If so are pretty and harmless. Will seed around and reappear next year, but may have changed colour. Magic!
Roots go eway down. Difficult to spray with glysophate as is silicon based and foliage doesn't take up weedkiller unless bruised. Old wives' tale says pick it on Sundays...i.e. keep picking it to eventually weaken it . This is what I do in the one relatively small infestation I have and it more or less keeps it under control. Finally don't compost, bin it!!
Forget pans of seed compost under the plants, fridges etc. Just look under the parent plants and you will find babies every year, which you can pot on, for free, and no great effort or skill on your part.
Frank, my Father was in the REME in WW2...Northern France, Dunkirk, Gib., D-Day+2, Arromanche (Mulberry Harbours) and Antwerp... lots of work in docks, as a citizen of Southampton.