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Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:01

Thanks fidgetbones for reply.  Yes, I'd read that from autumn was the ideal time to transplant but as they were being removed immediately from next door's garden I was stuck with having to plant them now.

Yes, I'll try to be sensible with the watering and just watch and wait - probably until I'm a gnarled tree myself!


Geranium oxonianum

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:54

I have had 3 Wargrave Pink growing vigorously in the garden for just a few years but this year they have been very poor.  Each has been growing slightly shaded by taller Kashmir Blue geraniums behind them but the Wargrave Pink always grow really well and produce a lot of lovely pink blooms.

This year they have all but disappeared.  I had half a dozen flowers on each, very little foliage and after the first sparse collection of flowers I've dug them up from the garden and potted them to see if I can get any more life into them.

Here's one to let you see what was left of it and it's now in a new pot.   I don't think it's been the hot spell which is responsible because from the emergence of foliage each plant was at least a fifth smaller than last year. 

I've potted them in multi-p compost for the time-being.  Any ideas anyone on what I ought to be doing with them to try and save them?  They seem to have rotted away over the spring and early summer and I'm not sure why.

Many thanks.



Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:44

Forgot to say - and maybe it's irrelevant - I haven't staked the existing stems as I didn't want to hit the roots so they do look floppy.  After 4 days they are still green so far.


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:42

Hi everybody.

A neighbour had a mature peony - beautiful deep pink/red (we don't know name) and wanted it removed.  I'd enviously admired it just over the fence for years.  It was carefully dug up by a landscaping gardener but was so large he had to divide it into half a dozen sections, each with big roots and tubers(?).  I was given a couple to see if I could transplant them without them dying off.

I left two divisions with large sections of root still attached in a bucket of water for a day and overnight.  I then put good garden compost in overlarge holes and planted both.  I've left them with some of the stems and leaves still on at the moment.  I've read that moving peonies can be very tricky and that if you transplant sections it can be years before they 'take' (if you're lucky) and a long time before you might achieve blooms.

Here's a photo of what I've re-planted.  I'm thinking success will me a bit of a miracle.  I'm also wondering if I ought to cut the stems to the ground to give the roots a chance.

Does anyone have any advice or experience of doing this?  I'm not hopeful at all but I just wanted to try something as it was a beautiful plant in the next door garden and I couldn't bear to think of it all going to the rubbish heap.



Non flowering Trachelospurnum

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:33

Jimncogs - I had 2.  First one was in a pot which I bought when it was actually in bloom.  It died over last winter -leaves turned brown and crispy and I obviously didn't care for it correctly.  It was a sad loss. 

My second one I've had for 4 years planted out in the garden - south-facing, nice spot which gets morning to late afternoon sun.  Every year it throws out new glossy leaves, then a few have red tips and it always looks as if 'this year' it might produce flowers - but it never has.  Around July/August it always looks promising and then absolutely nothing happens.  I've never figured out what to do with it to get it to produce flowers.

I think in fact that I posted on here about it a few times over the years and here I am back again.   I'm considering digging it up and putting something else in it's place but the leaves always look so nice and healthy that I can't bring myself to do it - yet!

Identify my plant, please!

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 01:47

It looks very like my Cistus Snowfire

Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:18

Dear Everybody who posted a reply:  thanks so very much for all those thoughts and options.   I will opt for all - a clean cut, cover the gap with existing branches and put in short cane supports.  Oh Rosie31 wouldn't it be great if I could bandage but I think everyone is right in that it's too thick and solid a branch for me to make a dedicated effort and have success.  And Verdun - I do feel like waiting for an opportunity ...but of course us civilised gardening folks would never contemplate such things would we!!!?!!    I think a little wigwam and something to keep the little ..... at bay would be a good idea allso. 

Thanks everybody.


Mystery plant

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:17


Last year I potted a number of those roots you buy and quite a few never came up at all.  I had put the pots to the side all winter in case any of thing sprang into life and this is the only one which has come up.  Trouble is - I haven't a clue what it is - if it IS one of the roots or if it's a weed.  I had planted 3 echinacea roots, some globe thistle things and something else which sadly I can't remember.

Does anyone have a clue what this is?  It only started showing up in March and is now a foot tall.



Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:09

Neighbours cat used my pieris as it's landing site when leaping down from next door tree.  I'm wondering what to do about it now.  I doubt I can do anything other than trying to take some cuttings from the snapped-off branch.  Bit fed up about it to be honest but not enough to fuss over it.

Any ideas anyone?  Can cuttings be taken do you think?


Can you tell me what these gorgeous tulips are called...

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 17:47

Are they Fur Elise?

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