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Orange hawkweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:08

For me it would be golden rod, euphorbias, laburnums and yellow lysimachia.

I have some orange hawkweed in pots waiting to be planted out in a slightly wild area next to my insect hotel.   It can spread where it likes in that spot and any seeds will be blown onto the adjacent boggy pasture where they won't like the conditions so it won't be a problem for neighbours.

Any ideas on these two plants?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:38

It may well be ornamental rhubarb.  I have two forms and both have foliage more cut than my edible rhubarb and neither is ready to flower yet whereas the edible stuff has been trying for a couple of months.

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:34

Can't mow mine till I clear the pots of treasures I'm trying to put together for planting in gaps in the borders.

Tomorrow will do though.  Set to get to 30C so more important to get babies in and watered well.

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 15:00

I shouldn't worry too much Dove.   I have a bed of huge blue and variegated hostas which was shredded but they all came back after I removed all the broken stems.  This spring I've mulched them all and taken out a couple of conifers so they have more space and they're much bigger and very healthy looking.


Orange hawkweed

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 14:52

It can be invasive if allowed to set seed but as long as you dead head it should be OK.  

It's native to European alpine regions so likes good drainage and poor soils.   Not the sort of thing you want invading Oz or Canada or other parts of the world with their own native diversity to nurture or control.

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 14:12

Yes, eventually.   The rhubarb and hostas were all cut back to the ground to remove broken stems and then fed and watered.  They recovered very well although the hostas had much smaller leaves than usual.   This spring I took that hosta out of the pot and made 9 babies which are all growing away very strongly, some in new homes and all with the normal large leaves.

The roses and clems were also fed and pruned as needed and recovered eventually but the roses and other woody shrubs had pitted scars from the hail which looked very manky and was also weak so I pruned it all out before winter and they've come back well this spring.



Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 13:59

But there's always that wee bit you miss which starts it off again or some kind bird which distributes seed.

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 13:29

Protect what you can.   This is what freak hail did to my rhubarb patch last year

 and a hosta Sum and Substance

 Blackcurrant shrubs stripped and shredded, roses and clematis pitted and torn, tomatoes and pumpkins obliterated.


Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 08:35

I started just such a spreadsheet a few years ago and then realised I didn't have half the labels anymore, some have died in the face of severe winters, others have returned after 2 years of playing dead.   Gave up.

Did the same one year with sowings - what, when, germination date etc - but that's fine in March when it's still frozen outside and there's not a lot else to do but hopeless once spring arrives in a whoosh in April and there's no time for anything but weeding, feeding, pruning, lifting and dividing, potting on and so on.

No time in the evenings as I'm out dancing or running dance classes and on rainy days there's all that housework and other domestic projects.

Other than that, I have a mental list of all the things I need to do.  Daren't put it on paper as I'd frighten myself - and OH!

nelly moser

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 08:07

I find leaves go a bit purple when it's been very cold and we've certainly had some unseasonably cold nights lately.

However, the best advice for healthy clematis that grow and flower well and deal with problems themselves is to feed generously in spring with a slow release clematis feed.   In pots, where nutrients in the compost are all used up in the first season, it is advisable to give occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food which both encourage flowering.

For Nelly Moser and other group 2s, it is also advisable to remove spent flowers before they start forming a seed head as this too will encourage more flowers.

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