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Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 16:23

I'd give it a drink.   My best clump of Japanese anemones is growing in a damp bed which is in shade most of the year except high summer for a week or two and then gets sun only after 3:30pm the rest of the year between early April and September.

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:19

I've just trimmed all mine so no photos.  Sorry.

Geranium phaeum is a bit of a thug here but that's OK as I have plenty of shady spots that need ground cover, it's easy to control and the bees just love the flowers.

Corn Cockle can kill?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:16

It's lovely, and useful if you know what you're doing - http://health-from-nature.net/Water_Dropwort.html

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:10

Greg S - great looking selection but they won't do in my normal winters of -15C if I'm lucky and more usually -20C and below in Jan and Feb.  I did try it again last year with - ever the optimist - and had a great crop this spring because it was a mild winter but I'd need a polytunnel for normal years.

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:35

I tried yellow beetroot once but we found them too earthy and prefer the sweeter red ones.   Have grown and loved cavolo nero but it doesn't cope with our usual winters so gets zapped.   When I started our veggie plot I made a whole asparagus bed but it never came to anything cos of the winters.  Ditto globe artichokes.

Jerusalem artichokes do well but Chinese artichokes are a waste of time.   Grew asparagus peas years ago - just the once.  I grew parsnips once but they liked the conditions so much they grew huge whereas we like them smaller and juicier.  

Radicchio does well and so do assorted Chinese greens.   Mizuna was horrible - tough and bitter.

We love purple sprouing but need a mild winter to get a good crop here and those are rather rare.

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:37

Miscanthus are very hardy but all mine tend to like moisture so might be unhappy in pots where they can get too dry.  You can usually split clumps of grass in spring to propagate them.  They tend to sulk if done in autumn.

This company does some lovely grass seeds and some great perennials and veggies too.  Just click on grasses to see the choices - http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/

 

 

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:18

My Johnson's Blue has been flowering for months and would have carrie don but I've pulle doff all the flwering stems to let it concentrate on smart new foliage and a new flush of flowers in August/September.

I too planted Rozanne on the corner of a path but it grew so lax that it covered the entire path and then it started swamping its neighbours.   Most of it has now been seen off by a succession of hard winters and then a boisterous hemerocallis swamped what was left after this mild winter.

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:09

Have a look at penisetums and New Zealand phormiums.  they come in interesting colours other than green so would stand out against your conifers.   neither will cope outside if your winters are very cold so you'll need to mpve them into shleter if you go below -5C.

I shouldn't think chlorinated water would be good for any plant.

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:05

I have Johnson's Blue which I prefer to Rozanne which gets too leggy and floppy for me.   Then there's Ann Folkard, 3 macrorhizums, Sweet Heidy, Kashmir White, Double Jewel, nodosum and several more for which I no longer have labels and including a very invasive pink one which I'm removing as I work my way round the garden in the big clean up.  You can definitely have too much of a good thing.

when is the best time of year to plant strawberries?

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:22

I don't see why not if they've been grown in pots and you water them well til they get established.   Prepare the soil well by adding plenty of well rotted garden compost and/or manure as they are hungry plants.

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