RE: [gardeners] Late(?) Transplants

Jane Burdekin (
Thu, 24 May 2001 14:43:15 -0600

Hi Doug,
Have I missed you on the list?  I'm in Boulder too.  Quite the dumb snow
storm we had here last weekend.  I'm ready for spring.


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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