Verdun


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Any comments on these plants?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:50

Andy, I grow sanguisorbas.....they are excellent plants 


I grow Red Thunder, Pink Elephant, Lilac Squirrel (the ladies swooned when I posted this last summer), Tanna, Pink Tanna and Alba.  


They need some moisture and good soil......all airy lightheaded and moving, if that makes sense! 


red thunder grows here at about 4' as does Pink Tanna...flower all summer with little bobble flowers


alba is tall....5 to 6' ...and best grown near smaller, mounding plants...e.g. Astrantias, astilbes etc.


the variety I steer away from is menziesii cos I think it spreads a bit


phlox? not a variety I grow either but the paniculatas are easy plants.

Plant suggestions for new pergola

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 21:24

Tom,


I like honeysuckles over arches and pergolas.  Choose the strongest scented ones.  how big is your pergola?  I have 2, one each side of an arch leading to a seated area and the scent in summer is delicious. 


Roses on a pergola, for me,,smacks of thorns and ugly foliage, of regular spraying too.  

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:56

possibly so Chrissie 


Espee, yes I am pretty keen on salvias....grow enough of them.  They survive well down here. I do,prefer the tender ones


go for the microphylla types...all are pretty hardy.  The soil is most important ...free draining warm soil in sun. is ideal.


as I said Amistad is proving quite hardy.  Take cuttings though and you will always have this majestic plant.


The nemarosa types too are hardiest of all..spikes this time.  Carradona is one of these but there are lots of others in blue and purple shades as well as white.


dont turn your back on the tender salvias....the patens varieties form tubers like dahlias and are treated like them too, viz, dug up and protected over winter in a gh.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 19:10

Aster, I love ir.  Maybe it takes me back to Australia. The plants of course are often unknown to me but excellent tips on garden matters.   


GWRS, agree about Question Time on the radio but I usually forget or not around when its on. Could, should, record it. 

Wanted: A Tall Wall Climber

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:57

Check out solanum Alba.  Vigorous and flowers for months 

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:55

You did ask Espee 


Amistad.....suoerb tall purple blue flowers.  This is currently the most popular type and rightly so.


guanajuato....glorious dark blue flowers.  Tender but worth the effort.  Cacalifolia is a favourite of mine...dumpy sky blue flowers on a low bushy plant


Waverley.nice tall white


A trio of "wishes."    Love and Wishes, Embers Wish and Wendy Wish


uliginosa.....grows 7' plus and flowers from mid summer into autumn.  Blue flowers with white bunny tail tops.


shrubby Blue Note and Violin Music....2 blues again but varying between lilac blue and electric blue


patens...from dark blue to pale blue according to variety


Bethellii....stunning pink 


lots of microphylla  varieties with white, yellow, pink or red flowers


there are hardy types...carradonna for example with spikes of flowers


 check them out Espee.......you will be hooked 

Last edited: 12 March 2017 18:56:15

Alternative Lawn Plants

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:18

gone on Polly.....would be very therapeutic for you 

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 17:19

Hot lips does behave oddly.....all red flowers, all white flowers and a mixture.


the lassies seem to love this salvia but for me it is nothing special.  It no longer features here ....not the finest salvia in the world 

Trachelospermum jasminoides problem or not?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:51

Thats ok Andy.  I can see it will all look pretty good in the summer and you dont want to squeeze things in.  


After a feed a mulch in mid spring will be good for your Trachelospermum 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:09

Magnificent clematis DR and lovely mimosa.  


Cut 2 lawns today....cut last week...and haven't really stopped cutting over winter.  Tied in clematis...they were cut back 3 weeks or so.......potted loads of freesias.  Spot weeded lawns.  New growth everywhere from heleniums to agastaches.  Flowering currant flowering, arum lilies just about to, peaches in full flower, camellias too.  Azaleas ready to explode with colour.  Montana in a few days and all my climbers are growing fast.  So tempted to sow carrots and spring onions but will wait 10 days or so for that.  Peas not today but will be sown in a couple of days 


A gorgeous day indeed    


Hope everybody has the same 

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