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Salix integra flamingo

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 06:40

I don't think they really need pruning - except if they get a bit big for the space they're in. It's more of a tidying up type of prune. I'd tidy in summer if it's necessary - otherwise you lose the colour of the emerging foliage in spring, which is the main reason people buy them. 

Bulb pans

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 21:08

Google 'alpine pan' Floweryg. That's what they're really called  


Posted: 19/08/2017 at 21:06

I love them. I've had them flower later in the year too Angie. Gorgeous little plants - and lovely seedheads too  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 21:04
chicky says:

 The next day/night cricket match for England will be in Adelaide .....and we've got tickets 

See original post

 Ooh - you jetsetter you! 

Glad you had a nice walk. Not an outdoor day here at all today, although it cleared up by about 7pm. Typical!

Got to collect daughter soon. A woman's work etc...

Hosta - we had a similar situation at last house. The drive had gates about forty feet from the road, and although we didn't really close them, you could see the house quite clearly, yet people seemed to think it was somewhere they could park to go wandering around 

We did get an American who stopped, and got out. I asked him if I could help him, and he asked, could he access the 'tower' (behind our property, and up on the hill)  from our drive. I said no, he'd need to go up to the farm, next road on right, as that was the only access. He drove off - on the wrong side of the road - round the double bend.....

Just as well the bonkers farmer wasn't coming the other way at a ludicrous speed - as was his norm  

Bulb pans

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 20:46

Do you mean one of these Floweryg?

I got mine locally - quite a few years ago now. Have you asked at Garden Centres? 

Online suppliers of terracotta pots might be worth trying.

Wilting verbena

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 19:40

If you cut back, do it to a decent set of leaves or leaf joint. New growth will come from that.

For cuttings, you need a piece of about six inches or more to start with. Tidy that up by trimming off the bottom of the stem to a leaf joint, and removing any leaves, just leaving a couple at the top. You can cut those back by half if they're very long. The aim is to have something about four or five inches in total. Push that into a pot of gritty compost - you'll get three or four in a four inch pot or similar. They're best sited around the edge of the pot too - it helps them drain well, and the pot sides are warmer, which helps them root.

Water them and just put them somewhere reasonably sheltered, but out of the elements. Excessive heat and/or water is to be avoided so that they don't get stressed. They should root quite quickly at this time of year, and once they have roots coming through the bottom of the pot, you can separate them and pot them up individually. Just keep them ticking over  till next year when you can plant them out.

Wilting verbena

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 18:05

A tall plant like that can struggle a bit when newly planted if the conditions are dry. If they don't perk up, you could cut them back a good bit to enable them to recover more easily. It's hard for them to take up enough moisture to support a lot of top growth. They would grow away quickly at this time of year.  

They're pretty tough plants though, so I wouldn't worry too much - just keep watering until you see a change. A good amount of water, then wait a few days before doing it again. 

If you do cut them back, you can use the material as cuttings to produce new plants. They're very easy from cuttings  

Salix integra flamingo

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 18:00

I don't think that looks too bad Sue!

I'd say it looks like it's a bit squashed into where it's located though. How big a pot is it in too? It might be struggling for enough nutrients and water if the pot's on the small side. It looks a fairly substantial size of plant, so it would need a fairly big pot. They need a bit of shelter from harsh winds, so is your other one in a slightly better location?  Like many variegated plants, they're not quite as tough as non variegated varieties. 

Did it have the colouring earlier in the year - they have pinky foliage initially, then green and cream , before gradually fading to green before turning yellow again in autumn and dropping the  leaves. The stems do change colour as well. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 17:49

I have a carpet shampooer too BL. I used it in that last house - the steamer had no effect on the stained carpets. 

I loved Vogue too Hosta, but where Madonna was very clever was in reinventing herself constantly. Like Bowie - but without the innate talent 

Got to hand it to her though - the marketing was top notch!

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 17:45

The clematis is an alpina. Looks very similar to one I have - Constance  


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