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Epimedium, be roughless

11th April 2021

If left unpruned any Epimedium looks awful when flowering in Spring. I hard cut them back right down to the plant crown around Christmas.  

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Dealing with Carex grasses

19th July 2020

Around 3 times a year, Carex grasses require some cutting back to keep a good visual structure. They tend to flop in a rather untidy manner leaving the centre crown much too opened. Cats in particular like to poo there.  

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Fuschia magellanica, sometimes not that great

30th October 2019

Grown close to a house can cause some non sense. The picture shows a Fuschia magellanica which has grown within the cavity wall of an old cottage, emerging through a window frame! 

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Bee Orchid, a remarkable beauty

10th June 2019

Usual leaf rosettes appeared around February time in a lawn which I've left untreated with fertlizer nor weedkiller for several years. As these rosettes looked like Orchids I've been cutting that lawn around each of them and the result is that …

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