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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:22

Too sunny to do it justice  really but Cream Delight is a beauty.  Slower than many...this has been in place for 12 years, maybe more.  But, Sundowner is prob the best of all phormiums.  check out Dazzler, smaller again but with red/maroon leaves and Jester.  Yellow Wave is nice as is Tricolour here. A variety of elegance though is Alison Blackman......careful Joyce they are all tempting

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:04

Aster F.Monch, berberis Atropur nana plus phormium Cream Delight.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:28

Ha ha, like the shed door 

took a few late cuttings......most of summer cuttings rooted and looking good.  knocked the dew off the grass in back garden in preparation for top dressing it soon. Did front lawn yesterday.  

Although sunny and warm the wind has picked up a bit but it will just help grass dry out more quickly.   

Many salvias like Amistad, Waverley, Love n Wishes, Embers Wishes, Leucanthemum, Ulignosa, really excel at this time of year....maybe the sun's lower angle but flowers glow a whole lot more now.  They seem "fuller" too   these salvias seem to prefer autumn 


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:14

I do, I do, I do Joyce. 

Actually Lou, Wild or Ruffled Swan has a blue/pink reverse to brilliant white flowers enough to associate really well 


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 10:05

Before you discard them Lou, white lavendar is often less hardy in my experience.  

Pale lavendar in a white garden...why not see how they look next summer?  You may be pleasantly surprised     All white flowers together usually compete making some look grey and drab in comparison.....??? 

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 10:00

Don't have your creative imagination Fairy to paint concrete.  

Must post a picture but the colour is neutral almost not seen.....not sure a photo would pick it up anyway so fairly discreet and blending. I don't think many are aware I have any edging there.  

plug plants

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:54

When I plant out in mid spring to early summer those same plants are of impact size and quality. Meanwhile in the garden they would take up visible space yet give nothing of interest.  They grow better in protected conditions...even down here.....

 i prefer to use those spaces instead for bare root wallflowers...available now...that will provide colour, scent and interest whilst those plugs are growing away out of sight. Why fill spaces with teeny weeny stuff over winter that are dormant anyway ?  

I have done so many experiments comparing plants put outside with those in pots to grow on.....the latter have always done better....and with no losses.  

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:03

Agreed hogweed, whatever works for us 

Crocosmia Lucifer deadheading

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:01

Morning Michelle, I have posted on your other thread 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:00

Michelle, Lucifer grows like that.  The bigger the plant the more it will lean forward.

I have some big ones here...posted a picture during the summer

in early summer push in a couple of canes..don't forget the eye covers.....and using a strong, natural colour twine support the foliage.  The supports will not be seen and the flowers stand upright.  

After flowering, I cut the flowered stems only to leave fresh green swordlike foliage for the rest of the season 

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