Re: [gardeners] Late(?) Transplants

George Shirley (
Thu, 24 May 2001 15:33:52 -0500

Ohmigawd! Is it possible there might be two Harry Boswells? The horror, the
horror. <BSEG>


Doug Reed wrote:
> Hi Harry,
> I inherited several perennial beds when we bought our house
> last year. A couple of months ago I was out taking stock of what
> plants I had and what shape the beds were in and found two Russian
> sage that were intermixed with clumps of blue fescue and yarrow.
> I dug up the Russian sage, cut back the stems to about 3", replanted
> and watered them in well, then forgot about them. Monday evening
> (the day after a freak snowstorm we had here in Colorado) I was checking
> on the gardens and found lots of new growth on both Russian sages. The
> snow and ice didn't seem to bother them. This is the first time I've
> tried to grow Russian sage, but from what I've read they are very hardy
> and easy to grow. Yours will probably be fine if you keep them watered
> a bit until established.
> BTW, are you the same Harry Boswell from RSFC? (If you're not familiar with
> the term RSFC, then never mind!).
> -Doug Reed
> -Boulder, CO
> -(Miss. State '76, just in case you are the same Harry)
> --- Harry Boswell <> wrote:
> > While working in one of my perennial beds yesterday,
> > I found some Russian Sage that had been overgrown
> > by crocosmia.  I dug out some of both, and separated
> > the corcosmia corms form the sage roots.  What I was left
> > with was basically bare-root pieces of Russian Sage, which
> > I planted.  Will these do OK?  Would I have done better
> > to just leave it alone?
> >
> > I also found a coneflower trying to grow in the shade in the
> > midst of daylilies.  I dug the coneflower up and divided it,
> > since it seemed to have basically formed two small clumps,
> > and transplanted both clumps.  Should I cut these back?
> > They're both pretty leggy.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Harry
> >
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