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This is a picture of my neighbours Agapanthus which has been in the same spot for 25 years to my knowledge perhaps longer,it has never been fed, never watered and never moved-the only thing that has been done is the seed heads removed after flowering-by me
He is an utter non-gardener and probably doesn't even know what it is called-it is an old buried sink-so if anyone wants to know how to grow a successful Agapanthus this is it-total,total,total neglect
That's what I have been doing wrong: I keep noticing mine, so it dies ...I never thought of neglect!
mine is like that.. they love to be compact in the roots and free draing so plug must be out then i have just gorwn some from seeds so rather pleased with that.
i find they do not need much care.. it got very rotten soggy leaves in may so i just removed htem all and now is going good.
That's what they get in Madeira by the roadsides - total neglect and left to theit own devices like our foxgloves in the hedgerows and verges.
I've just treated myself to three agapanthus Midnight Star and planted them together in one container - a shallow-ish terracotta bowl about 14" across - they look great and have already been adopted as the favourite place to hang out by one of our resident frogs. Think he'll go underneath the bowl rather than on top once this rain stops
Although they've got plenty of room at the moment as the pot is quite wide, I'm hoping that as it's fairly shallow they'll soon feel 'pot-bound' and continue to flower well.
i think I hate you all (sorry jealousy is so unbecoming )
Not a single flower from my one remaining pot this year. The other 4 pots didn't make it through the winter. For the last 10 years or so I have always had the most amazing displays , In fact its only got about 6 leaves on it. I was hoping it was just late - like everything else but after being in Somerset at the weekend where they are all going mad, I think it is just going to be a rubbish year for me this year.
Dovefromabove- my Midnight Star is a star this year! At the last count 10 flower heads all out.
All of mine are grown in pots & overwintered in either the cold, very, greenhouse or a coldframe. All the pots are well wrapped up, & covered with a couple of layers of fleece. The evergreen ones do lose the odd leaf, which get removed as & when, but this method works for me.
I only repot when absolutely nec & try to remember to feed a bit, but yes, no major problems. Am in NWest Sparkle, so if I can do it...... J.
Sparklepinksunflower wrote (see)
i think I hate you all (sorry jealousy is so unbecoming ) Not a single flower from my one remaining pot this year. The other 4 pots didn't make it through the winter. For the last 10 years or so I have always had the most amazing displays , In fact its only got about 6 leaves on it. I was hoping it was just late - like everything else but after being in Somerset at the weekend where they are all going mad, I think it is just going to be a rubbish year for me this year.
Not to make you feel better but my white agapanthus has about 18 flower-heads-will post a picture ina few days to rub salt into the wound-and 3 weeks later neighbours is still going strong-he is on the move-I could nick it?
Jo, I have never known a year like it. Actually thinking about it my one remaining pot was nursed back to health as at the begining of the year it was looking decidily dodgy and i thought I might loose it too.
Normally I can be a bit smug about my lovely warm sheltered conditions in London and how well everything does. It has truly come back and biten me on the bum this year.
yeah but I bet I have the biggest Spanish brown slugs
But could you eat a whole one?
trod on one the other day, it was so grim and trying to get if off the sole of my wellie was near impossible , so much slime
I found a slug the other day around 5 inches long-(sad case measured it)-it went into space.
Urgh, dont even try treading on those. They get well & truely chucked over the fence onto non-maintained ground- in the hope that they find more rewarding things to munch over there rather than in my garden!
Daughter has just reminded me that the Midnight Star is hers! Hmm, since she doesnt yet have a house, let alone a garden, I think I can keep it a bit longer- phew. Anyway shall split it & down-size the pots when, & if, the time comes for her to demand it!
My white agapanthus
I am loving the white ones.. i bought one alst year that was supposed to be white ... but it is blue.. gutted.. heres mine in the garden..
this one is to show the size of the flower head against my boy who is 6.