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Can you identify this clematis please?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 15:29

Yes, Edd, that's the one!  Thank you!

Can you identify this clematis please?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 14:50

I've lost the label  

 


 

 

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 11:17

GUESS WHAT! I was so preoccupied with the Tour de France up here in Yorkshire over the weekend that I didn't do anything in the garden - didn't even go for a walk round it.  But this morning I was out there, and lo and behold, the dust had vanished from the penstemons!!    Was it the heavy rainfall on Friday night that cleared it away?  Am wondering if those of you who had the white dust problem still have it?

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:42

No gf, this isn't limescale residue from GC watering. My plants were bought last year and the first crop of flowers did have this white dust, but I don't think the second one did.  In Spring I cut them right down and transplanted them to a new spot in the garden, where they are doing exceptionally well.  So all the current flowers have never seen a nursery and have only been watered with rainwater.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:36

Brilliant idea pootler!  I would love to go but have a poorly leg at the moment.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:24

Dove, my first thought was a farina of some sort, and like pootler, I googled it but without success.  I looked at your link and those penstemons have it, but I think my Ravens are darker.  As you say, probably time to call in the experts!

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:23

That's exactly what it looks like Pootler, and it definitely doesn't look like mildew.  It's as though someone has come along and covered the flowers - not the leaves - with finely sifted icing sugar.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:31

We shall just have to await a visit from those who are wiser and more knowledgeable than us, V S  

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:13

I have some beautiful purple Raven pentstemons, but all the flowers are covered with a dusty white deposit.  It's definitely not mildew.  What causes this, and will it go away eventually?  I have some other pink penstemons and they aren't affected.

Thinning out and transplanting annual flower seedlings

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 15:52

Has anyone experience of thinning out and transplanting love in a mist and eschscholzia (Californian poppy) seedlings?  This year was my first attempt at direct sowing, so I followed Monty's advice and popped them into the flowing lines that I had drawn in the flower bed.  However, they are quite big now and are very close together.  Any advice gratefully received!

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