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13/06/2013 at 13:20

Hi can anyone advise why, whatever I plant in my little garden reaches for the sky, despite having full sun and no overhanging trees/plants etc.

my foxgloves reach seven foot odd, I have five feet six inches alstromeria.

triffid type lupins, ginormous delphiniums etc. I don't manure or fetilizer, so whats going on??

13/06/2013 at 13:40

Hi there - not sure that I can say what's going on or why but wonder if for some reason there's a naturally high nitrogen level in the soil and/or it's a type of soil which again, naturally suits these plants !!!  

I'm sure others may have alternative similar comments !!

I do know that in our own garden the same plants grow differently depending on the particular soil and location in which they are situated - clay, sand, mixture of both, full sun, shade etc etc.

I must say I have never come across such tall alstromerias. I imagine you need a lot of staking material !!

Best wishes 

13/06/2013 at 14:41

Are you bragging or complaining Peter 

13/06/2013 at 14:43

Soil is definitely a factor, cultivar is also a consideration, some delphiniums are not called dwarf without good reason

13/06/2013 at 18:55

Is there plenty of light.?  Plants will grow taller if they struggle to get to the light.  Are your plants close together?

 

14/06/2013 at 11:16

plants are in full sun, so no problem with light.

as for bragging nah! Lol! they just look so ridiculious and do need a lot of staking and tying in.

if i knew how to put a photo on the site, I could give you a laugh......a foxglove almost upto the bird boxes way up the garage wall....don't get it! why me???

14/06/2013 at 12:47

Post a pic, I want to see this 7 foot foxglove 

click on the insert image button (look like a tree in a picture frame) then select to browse for the phot on your computer and then upload to copy it to the forum host, the post like any other response.

14/06/2013 at 13:54

What would happen if you planted a giant sunflower?  I think you should try ...

14/06/2013 at 17:21

We get something like that on the Ure. You know Himalayan balsam? It supposedly grows up to four feet tall. Shyeah, right. Here, with all the fertilizer runoff, it's 8 feet tall. That giant hogweed stuff? 12 feet, they tell me. Yeah. 20, more like. I've got a hydrangea here that supposedly grows fifteen metres tall, and I'm just slightly tempted to see what it can do in that soil.

28/06/2013 at 10:51

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26401.jpg?width=474&height=350&mode=max


Hey! managed to find the piccy and upload it, there's hope for this old dg yet..Lol!

The rose in the picture is a climbing rose attached to the garage wall.

28/06/2013 at 11:05

Did the previous people keep dogs?  The dog run I started planting next door has never been fertilised, (except by the dogs), but the oxeye daisies and hesperis I planted look like they're on steroids.

I shouldn't complain about it, just make the most of it.

28/06/2013 at 11:27

No dogs as far as I know!

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