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star gaze lily


 


 Could somebody ID this plant for me please, I've mislaid the label. Its still in its pot and would like to know if it needs to be planted in sun or shade. I think it begins with P .....but i'm probably wrong lol. Many thanks.

star gaze lily

Thank you Victoria Sponge will look it up. I know I will recognise it when I see the pic. So sorry about the other threads. Tablet playing up today 

Victoria Sponge

What colour are the buds star gaze lily? They look creamish on the photo - I haven't seen one that colour. The leaves, seed head and buds remind me of penstemon anyway...

star gaze lily

Thank you Victoria, think its that, mine is very pale pink. All pics are red or purple/blue! Many thanks

 

And it does begin with     P   

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star gaze lily

Thank you Dave, I now need to find a nice gap to plant it in 

star gaze lily

Looked on web on how to care for it and it suggests putting in a cold frame over winter and plant out in Spring. I don't have a cold frame, but have a potting shed could I put it in there instead?

4thPanda

Lily, mine live in the ground - plant it now and it will be fine 

Topbird

Penstemons are a bit on the tender side so if you are on heavy clay and / or you get harsh winters you might be better off protecting it over winter (shed should be ok - but not until much nearer the frosts start).

If, however, you're on lighter soil and / or the winter isn't usually too bad you could probably still get away with planting it now - my penstemons usually survive all but the harshest winters & the soil where I grow them is quite heavy.

Either way I'd take some cuttings now & keep them under cover for the winter. They strike really easily & hopefully you'll have loads of plants either for yourself or to swap / give away by next spring.

Topbird

Hi Panda - you snuck in there - hope things good with you - love what you're doing with your garden 

star gaze lily

Thank you both. Live in West Sussex and have quite heavy soil too. Will try and take some cuttings and think about planting out. Many thanks 

4thPanda

Thanks TB  Maybe I should have an open day! Hahahahaha  Not!

I am pleased with the way I'm going too 

Valerie J

I didn't think it looked to have penstemon buds although the growth looks like penstemon.  It's a shame we couldn't see it in full flower.  I grow several of them and although they can be a bit tender in harsh winters here in West Yorkshire, high up on the Pennines, I shall merely protect mine with fleece or an upturned large plant pot if the weather gets tough. 

VJ -
http://gardeners-word.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/bumblebees-love-penstemons.html

star gaze lily

Oooh upturned pot is a good idea  VJ, do you mean one with or without a hole in the bottom.........sorry if that sounds a daft question

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Valerie J

Not a daft question at all.  I'm trying to remember what I used to do because it is such a long, long, time since I grew tender plants (in a different garden, elsewhere) and my penstemons in my present garden were only planted this year.   

I would use the pots only as a temporary measure if the weather turns very cold.  Penstemons vary in temperature tolerance.  I shall treat mine as if they cannot tolerate being frozen.  While I keep my garden tidy to avoid slugs and disease, I do tend to allow any top growth to remain on tender plants as it acts like a protective mulch. 

I use terracotta pots when I can as they afford more insulation than plastic and are more likely to stay in position.  Also, terracotta pots tend to have only small holes in the centre which would allow some ventilation.  The hole can be blocked in severe weather simply by placing a rock on top (this would also keep plastic pots in place).  If you leave pots on in warm weather you might create a  problem with mould, pests, and other disease.

It's not an exact science, I'm afraid.  It's just something I once did to keep the chill off and my plants alive. 

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