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Talkback: 10 plants for bog gardens

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 06:13
I thought that Iris pseudacorus and Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) were now considered to be too dangerous to plant in gardens as they escape and infest waterways killing native plants. I planted that Iris when I first started our current garden and have been trying to weed it out for ten years!

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:06

Wouldn't let me post, hope it isn't twice.  I did grow Lobelias for our daughter's wedding. We had to transport them a similar distance. We had pots of two different shades of deep blue with white centres. I used trailing and non trailing. We transported them squished into cardboard boxes, carefully lifting the trailing parts as we packed. I lucked into some cheap white pots with internal saucers that were great but my original intention was to use regular pots covered with coloured foil. They looked very pretty. I got the idea after seeing leftover lobelia potted into larger pots at the garden centre the previous summer. My daughter wanted blues but the mixed colour pots were gorgeous. I did notice that the pots with plants all from a multi-coloured seed mix did not look as bright as the pots where small clumps of colour were mixed together. The tiny concentrated clumps of white or light blue really set off the other colours and made the whole pot brighter. My favourite was a pot of deep rose pink mixed with a very dark blue.  Good Luck.

PS I did consider the small gerberas but it was easier to be sure the lobelia would be blooming.

Talkback: Growing camellias

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I want to know what to do about sooty mold (caused by scale) when my camellia w. is 15 or more feet tall. How can I possible sponge each leaf? Are there other alternatives My camellia has always been very healthy until now.
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