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Veronicastrums.....who's growing them

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:51

We have a pink one which has produced fasciated flowers every year since we got it. Makes them into a very substantial blossom.

plant trouble

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:48

As far as I can see and a closer picture of it would help, it looks like Powdery mildew. Try washing it off the leaves to begin with.

Shockers

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:38

Grim the Collier, Hieracium aurantiacum,  dear me what a terrrible thug that is. I have never planted it but somehow it has appeared and even with liberal amounts of Verdone weedkiller, it is  as bad as Clover in the 'lawn'. The other Hieracium which can be a real seed weed is. H. maculatum, the one which looks as if someone has dripped black ink on the leaves.

A couple of fill the space rapidly plants for me are Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, but despite filling a huge space, I cannot get pieces of it to grow elsewhere and Perovskia atriplicifolia,Russian Sage. New pieces are now coming up in the lawn from the border where it is planted.

Shockers

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:54

I did not even have my photo taken at any of our childrens; weddings. I think the lat one I have of me is from ours. Tried to avoid that one too!

Books? When I tell you I have 16 metres of shelving with Gardening books you might guess that I like reading about plants even more than growing them.

Wild violets are the bugbane of our life. They appear everywhere and since thay are all up and down the Lane there is not much chance of getting rid either.

Soil, we used to garden on a south facing sand dune. When I needed sand for concrete, I dug it out of the garden!

Water, we are in the rain shadow of the hills so we get about half the national average amount of rain. Rain aprroaches and one thinks Great, and then it stops about 100 metres away. Been known to walk down our Lane in sun and get soaked a few hundred metres down the road.

We are also in a Frost pocket so we have had frost in July and early September. Notice I never mention my absolute favourites Dahlias? Cannot grow them ,they die of cold long before they flower.

Another spreading one for us, Marjoram. Oh and Lemon Balm, don't even like the smell of that stuff.

Poppies

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:04

If your Poppies are the perennial hybrid types, they will not come true from seed. Most of them revert to the standard red/orange.

Shockers

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:02

Forgot about Hellebores, yes they do self seed, but as long as I can get them to flowering size they, sell well so I am not complaining. Ditto the blue form of Platycodon, but strangely not the pink form.

Also should mention Aconitums, they tend to seed if not dead headed.

I have the Book A Botanists Garden on my bookshelves. Very interesting reading.

Spreaders, in this garden with its rich silty peat soil, Lysimachia Firecracker (given as a nice clump forming plant, hah!) L. nummularia. Euphorbia charcias and various other ones where the name has long since gone. Anemone japonica........ Galega officinalis in all its forms. Veronica peduncularis Georgia Blue. Pratia pedunculata. for starters.

 

Propagating Alpines

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 12:52

Exactly the way to do it.

Shockers

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:39

And don't forget that what self seeds here may not do it elsewhere. Some of the plants we grow here, came with us from our previous garden where they were perfect gentlefolks, staying within their alloted space and never producing a seedling. We planted them here and WHAM!

Some of the self seeding stuff is very welcome, Pulsatilla vulgaris for example and Cyclamen hederifolium and coum (lawn weeds here).

Let's face it no Nursery  is going to label a plant a 'thug' when they are trying to sell it.  The most you get is "runs gently where suited' which is how they would probably describe Ground elder.

So far I have only mentioned seed weeds, should I move on to the spreaders?

Shockers

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:29

Planted them because I like them.....mostly. All I am doing is reporting the plants which have been over enthusiastic in their colonisation of our space.

Another one is Polemonium caruleum, seeds all over the place, Verbena bonariensis does too. And remembered the ones I meant to add, all Thalictrum except T kiusianum which I cannot get to grow.

and I do not condemn all members of a genus because some are a bit of a problem. They would not be a trouble if we got round to dead heading them as one should.

Take Alliums for example I grow dozens of species and some of them are difficult, the Californian ones especially, but they all have the potential to become a problem.

Just thought of another one, Sedum kamtschaticum, now that IS a dratted nuisance.

Shockers

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:42

Some more seed weeds, Erinus alpinus, Viola cornuta alba, Viola corsica, Solidago, Funny that Viola cornta itself is not so bad. Lathyeus vernus seeds around a lot, but I wish L. aureus would do.

Still more seed weeds in my garden to come.

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