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White Red Valerian

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:32

Hiya Victoria

I think they are separate varieties not springing from the other.

On the Towans....leading to,the beach behind me....white, red and pink Valerian abound naturally.  In the wild like that they look spectacular.  White perhaps may be more unusual elsewhere but not here.  

(I tried to grow a white amd red valerian together in a part of the Towans.....for sentimental and commemorative reasons......but they would not grow.  Bought plants too but still would not grow. If I planted in my garden they,would grow and take over!!!)

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:25

And you dont want a variety of Rose of your garden 

This forum

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:23

Agree with David.  It's a must do thing for me now to nose into the forum when I get a moment or two.  I think it does get better and better.  

I find it nice to,be able to get opinions,options, etc about where I want to plant something too.  Often someone's idea opens up a hitherto not thought of idea. 

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:18

Bluebells?  Yes, I dig them up too. Not a normal garden plant for me 

Rain?  I know lots of you....and many parts of Cornwall too....have had lots of rain. Here it's been mostly dry and very warm.  Today it is boiling   A couple of days where it's rained but mostly I've been,,perspiring dont you know   

Just cut the lawns, sounds grand but one at front and one at back (which has just been comandeered for sunbathing and an ice cream has been pinched ).  Potted on some small and large mpc's don't seem to encourage much growth unless plants are fed too......

Got a hedge to cut now or should I have a lager.  Decisions, decisions, decisions 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:00

Hiya rose mummy 

Hmm, astrantias are a little puzzle at times, aren't they?  

Currently I have some 4' tall full of flower;  another with just a few flowers and another without sign of flowers.  However, I expect them all to flower well at some time in the their own time.

Variety makes a difference too.....split Roma last autumn and both divided plants are flowerimg well.  

Just ensure that your astrantias don't get dry.  They hate being dry and will simply wither away. A phostrogen feed once a week should help.  

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:53

KEF, I would take basal cuttings.  Minded to get anchusa today.  If so, I will take a couple of basal cuttings before planting out.  

Dont think Royalist will come true from seed.  

New to this gardening

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:45

Morning Ashdale and a warm welcome 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:26

Anchusa royalist though is not a new plant but a beautiful one.  

Currently I don't grow it because its not reliably perennial for me. Two years at most .....will have to propagate it regularly to keep it.

Couch grass gone mad

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:22

Agree with above......ESP with the advice to be patient and not dig up treated couch grass too early.  

In the lawn a regular cut with blades set a little lower will control couch grass   

droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:18

Louise, prob your most of them....need a helping hand.

Some thin galvanised wire discreetly tied in around your conifer will restore its neat, tight and green appearance. I do this to my own conifers.  

All conifers look dead....are dead...on the inside so when a branch pulls away it exposes what looks like a dying plant.  Tying in restores....hey presto !  ......your nice green looking conifer. Simples 

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