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Posted: 22/07/2014 at 15:55


The golden oats grass....stipa gigantea. Mine recent 8 or 9' tall

and been in flower for weeks,  even month, on 30 or 40 (?) stems.  . It's now that rich gold colour!  Looking at it now it's swaying ever so gently even tho apparently no wind.  In strong winds it yields, bends and bounces back.  

Salino, Karl Foerster is great.  You will love it.  Plant nothing to compete in height with it locally and it will lord it over its neighbours 

Fairy, nice grasses.  Give hackonechloa some reasonable room, some moisture in the soil and a tad, st least, of shade, and it will improve year on year

Monty Don.

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:41

Think we make too much of tv and "celebrity" people.  

Monty  seems nice bloke, knows his stuff (obviously like us all he's still learning and making mistakes.....I see them now and then) and presents very well.  Nigel is lovely but GW is not about lovely dogs. 

Most everyone has it tough at times so if Monty has too it shouldn't be a matter of whether he is a good presenter or not.  We are intruding too much into the man if we do that.  As said earlier we have done Monty to death now. 

GW is influenced by Monty,of course it is. For me there is a lack of "spontaneity" (tv prog have to be scripted ) .......a format that is repeated week after week. GW currently is a take it or leave it programme ....if I remember I will watch a recording 


Salix Flamingo

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:17

Yes, you can overwater them Chris.  They have small root systems ....unlike usual willows.......and wont like excessive moisture.  Having said that if you see signs of leaves browning or curling give a good watering then. 

Wallflowers didn't flower

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:09

Hiya Helen, Just an observation and not the reason for your wallflowers not flowering but  I think you prob planted them out as little specimens as a lot of people do?   I plant out as large plants .....almost make a good impact individually 

However, they are biennials and needed to have last summer to make good growth.  I would not feed them. Just let them grow hard.  They will flower next spring.....prob see some flowers in the autumn.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:47

Echinaceas prob one of the stars right now......doubles, sIngles, whites, yellows, reds, oranges, pinks and some have a delightful fragrance 

My tropical garden

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:42

Most of us grow "tropical" plants prob without realising it.

So many tropical plants are too big, their leaves get tatty in the first wind, they suffer browning and sometimes look plain awful.  Most gardens do not look right with too many tropical always a good mixture of those plants that are happy should be the objective 

Many tropical plants look harsh, have damgerously sharp leaves and spines and need to ne grown hard.

Cannas give a tropical look...they are tropical.  Their leaves remain in good comdition and they provide exotics very tall flowers.....mine now doing that. hedychiums too provide exotic looking foliage and scented flowers in late summer

Lots of tropical plants look good here in cornwall and nurseries that supply them

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:28

Yes, you are correct.  I mixed up seedlings of Tennuissima and hordeum.

I grow them at the edge of a wall, in the midst of lower perennials that support the lower stems. ,Heucheras make good plants for this purpose and the shorter growing echinaceas too.

I also grow them in pots....3 or 5 together.  Pots of red geraniums too make great "assemblies"


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:20

Beware though, the pennisetums spread.  I dig them up every 2 years....they do well in large pots too. Of you leave them for too long it is difficult to dig up fhe clumps.....they send lots of roots deep down and wide. I grow a temder variety called Eaton Canyon a red leaved variety with foxy red flowers.

No not been to knoll gardens ....will have to visit some of  these nurseries.

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:49

Sow earlier next year MrsG to get bigger, fuller grasses.  Or, keep alert for seedlings


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:05

Hey, hey.  Another grasses lover   

Villosum is fantastic isn't it Magical Meerkat?  I have probably 20 different varieties of grass.  Not just the movement, not just the vertical element but sound too.  A tall miscanthus almost "sighs" in the slightest of breezes when in full flower 

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