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Posted: 24/12/2014 at 14:03

Well, for those of us interested in paniculata Hydrangeas, it might be informative to review the 2008 Wisley trial of these, in case you haven't already seen this, as it contains all those listed here and many more... the cultivar 'Dolly' for instance looks one to seek out... regards pruning, Wisley does point out that light pruning, just removing the old flowerheads can have its advantages, in that the plant will flower earlier, be more floriferous but the flowerheads will be smaller...   medium pruning is recommended for most, as this prevents the top heavy flowerheads from flopping, which can result from hard pruning...

..worth a read if only to refresh... (in PDF format)...



Posted: 24/12/2014 at 00:03

..I've grown Kyushu, but it didn't do well for me.... the white flowers went brown quickly..maybe too dry area...I was disappointed so got rid... however, a magnificent specimen down the road from me, does well every year... I should have tried it in another part of garden probably...

I still have 'Limelight' and 'Phantom' paniculatas... Limelight got demolished by snails early on but recovered late... I think it will be really nice next year... young plant..

Phantom always does well... the flowers fade to pink tinge later and I want to get some more height into it, but it's a profuse flowerer when doing well..

..hope your one does well for you... I'm sure it will in better soil..with moisture...



Plant ID

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 01:15

I shall be growing the 'Sparkler' series for next season.... incidentally, they are no longer called Cleome's...officially that is... now Tarenaya Hassleriana... if you like...

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 10:09 need to answer 'yes' to the first question, so you can answer the rest... and obviously for it to be relevant,  you would need to have suffered some degree of flooding during the period in question Oct 13 - Mar 14...and for the same ground to dry out during summer... but there is the option for ''less than one week'', which covers quite temporary flooding... that could be for just a few hours even... which I would have thought might have brought more people into it..

Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 21:08
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

Agree Salino, it could be Bonica 82. I have it and it makes lots of stems, and is quite vigorous with masses of blooms. I find it is so good it is best to keep it well controlled, pruning it back to 2-3 feet.

..yes that's more or less what I do... prune back to about 3 foot, as I like mine to grow to 5 foot by late summer...  it will climb too if encouraged.... but I don't have room for that....

..a floriferous beauty, in June...


Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 20:58

aah..that's a shame.... it's not Bonica looking at those.... Bonica is a much lighter pink, with fuller flowers.... like here...  the bud on yours I thought was going to show a lighter coloured rose than the one above....  sorry about that.. we shall have to think again... this is Bonica..


Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 19:58

..from its growth habit - those stems from the base, its foliage, glossy and modern shrub looking, dark green probably gets lighter with age... and its pretty pink flower that you say are double pink when open... and its reddish foliage on the young growth.... sounds a lot like 'Bonica' to me... just a guess, but this one has been around since 1982 and so popular it could be picked up by anyone, anywhere...

...see what you think Victoria...

Old floribunda rose

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 16:43

..they look alright to me.... if next summer you find you have single white roses with 5 petals, then I would cut those stems out at the base...but I don't think you will...

..quite a nice rejuvenated bush...

Wisteria - Advice on Selection of Plant

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 14:54

..from my readings, a variety that's often recommended is one called 'Prolific'..  for pruning methods you really need detailed instructions I think...but always remembering that Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) twines clockwise....Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis varieties, such as 'Prolific') is naturally anti-clockwise...

..I don't grow Wisteria, but from what I understand, once you have enough framework established from the branches, the summer growth that has come out from that framework is reduced to 2 inches, this encourages upward facing flowering shoots..'re going to have an awful lot of Wisteria going on there... one question I would ask myself is, can I maintain all this? however, we tend to go for these things regardless and manage the training and pruning as we find it... don't you think?

best of luck...

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