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Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:56

Kim...I've just noticed there is a Plant ID thread from the Gardener's World team going at the moment.... why don't you put a picture on that thread and see what they have to say.... it will be going for a week or so...Emma Crawforth has already identified a Peony for a member...

Plant name correct?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:51

..Echinacea Primadonna 'Rosea'  I should think...

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:49

..that's a flowering stem shooting up there surely....  expect a big white plume...

..I expect...whoever sent you this by mail order.. either didn't know what they were sending, or sent out the cheapest most readily available option...a fob off to put it bluntly... anything else would be a bit unusual and more expensive...

...if it does prove to be Pampas....if it was mine... it wouldn't be something I would want to keep....even the dwarf version... Pumila... can be an awkward customer if you get too close...although can look quite pretty...


Best hemerocallis

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:39 a cottage garden type border... I find a few clumps of Hemerocallis to be a necessity...

.. however, there are very few I like...  my criteria would be - star shape petals with clear gaps - no overlapping... orange/red colouring.... which would rule out those listed by Mark above...  an extended flowering season  6 to 8 weeks is necessary for midsummer... I'm not keen on pastel shades or mixed colours...   doesn't leave me with many it's good old 'Crimson Pirate'  for me...which as it happens is so readily available..

..I like to remove the spent blooms at the end of the day to start afresh next morning...  don't know how Mark  manages with all those... must be fun and a great hobby to collect so many..... very much a plantsman with this genus...


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:13

''Salino is going to buy me a new camera''

...being a poor country bumpkin....much like yourself...I'm afraid I can only afford a disposable..... £2.99 last time I checked....


Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:05

..yes I too think that was a good call with Pampas... as if you look at the 1st and 2nd photos of the newer ones posted above... zoom in close up... you can see the leaves have retrorse teeth - downward facing...all along the edges... typical of Cortaderia... 

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 12:23

..lovely close ups Kim...thanks for posting these....  only you can tell us if those leaves are sharp to the touch on the outside... you would really be needing gloves I think if it's a Pampas...they can easily cut the flesh...  I note the leaves have a central midrib.. I can't recall if that is the case with Pampas...   perhaps it will flower soon...looks like some thicker stems coming up there...

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:55

..are you quite sure that's Stipa gigantea...?   it looks a bit tall - narrow - and the leaves rather wide...  mine has a grassy base about 3 foot wide and 18 inches tall...and the leaves are narrower.... the flower spikes rise from that 8 foot or so... a glance, the shape of yours looks more like a Miscanthus...

Coprosma Pacific Sunset

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:34

...gorgeous foliage on these.... I grew Pacific Night.... it didn't survive the first winter...  next time I must try

This forum

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:32

..I'm not sure I've noticed any difference where you're concerned Verdun...

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