Verdun


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powdery mildew on polemonium

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:16

Keep plants moist....don't let,them dry out and stress. ,asters,polemoniums and others     are prone to mildew in hot humid weather.  Some vsrieties are more resistant,than others,,for example, in the aster family so check out those reputed to be better.  Monardas too....some will always get mildew whilst others may not.

For me, treatment is the same.....cut back every stem to base,  spray with fungicide, feed and water well.  Then another good  watering next day then a mulch.  

Scabious is susceptible too. To avoid mildew I cut back ..late Chelsea chop I guess....before signs of it if I can and this energises the plant to produce fresh foliage quickly and flowers in a few weeks. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:38

Welcome yviestevie.  Nice to see you here   

Woody,,,,, you sure know how to live well .....  Have great time

Lovely day.....hot again and beautiful evening.  Just cut grass.....smell of cut grass, regale lilies and philadelphus belle Etoile is intoxicating.

No gardening really.....helping with flat move, setting up tv, assembling bed amd sofa and generally being a dogsbody. (funny word that.....dogsbody )

Some hellebores have black spot this year.....spoiling their appearance.  Applied Epsom salts after removing affected leaves having decided  such a tonic will help feed the plants if nothing else.  There is no rhyme nor reason why some hellebores are clean but others not.  When I try my hand at "breeding" hellebores it will be those clean varieties I select 

Lots  of new guys on the forum now....that's nice  Wonder if they know I have 2 birthdays a year. 

 

 

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 13:16

Lucifer is now flowerimg.  It does finish mid summer though.  However, I cut off flowered stems to leave just fresh green sword shaped leaves....perfect as a foil for other plants so not really a problem as by then so much is in flower anyway.

Not particularly long flowering but worth it for sheer colour.  Down here crocosmias are a bit thuggish so need dividing regularly....giving away?  Been tempted by the newer varieties, ESP those like zambesi, Limpopo, etc.

 

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:08

Victoria

Those grassss are wind resistant and reliable.  They remain as a form of structure over winter.  Remember those horrendous  winter storms?  Well, they withstood them.

Not much time today but will post a pic or two of grasses.  Did post recently of stipa gigantea.  In that pic hackonochloa was in the foreground.  This is a truly womderful grass....deciduous but so classy. I grow in the ground and in pots....they cascade in pots  with beautiful yellow foliage with subtle orange markings and sway in the slightest breeze.  In the ground they form mounds of equally lovely foliage.  Perfect for associating with your rogersias too.  Best in some shade but womderful in the sun if moisture levels maintained.  

The miscanthus pics will be around august for their flowers.

 

Companion planting

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:08

Silleee me.  After all that I read the caption incorrectly.  Companion planting for FRUIT AND VEG.    Wot am I like eh?  

Ok, there are things I do for companion planting veg, etc but I,will shut up now 

Companion planting

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:06

Oh, my element!

Yellow osreospermum  and blue linum, blue frikartii Momch and red dahlias, blue agastache and yellow coreopsis, Taxus Coppershine and berberis helmond pillar, silver plants and purple, yellow agastaches amd blue Veronicas, hackonechloa and Imperata, elymus magellanic and purple Heucheras, white anemone  wild swan and euphorbia rubra, carex buchanii and hosta patriot, pittosporumTom thumb and caryopteris, miscanthus variegatus and purple black acteas, eucalyptus and yellow leaved dogwood, Acer flamingo and red cannas, verbena bonariensis and Taxus Stamdishii, stipa gigantea and bishop of Llandaff dahlia, helenium Moreheim beauty and salvia guaranitica, agastache blue boa and artemisia Powys castle, euonymous emerald n gold and berberis atro nana, dierama Guinevere and cotinus royal purple, euphorbia Polychroma and red grasses or amchusa London Royalist, cream primroses and purple hellebores, white guaras overlooking purple Heucheras, pittosporum Irene Patterson and purple buddleias ........ooooo, I had better stop before I get carried away 

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:48

Nice Coys.  Excellent display.  You are learning faaaaast 

(like the statue on the lawn....)

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:45

Not really a "race" dove    I pinch out anyway so flowering is delayed but any day now.

(don't like "competing" in  the garden.....spoils the relaxed enjoyment ) 

Fruit trees, to prune or not to prune

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:40

Not done this.   Always mean to.  You can have real fun with fruit tree shapes.  Making circles, arches, and all manner of shapes.  Bearing in mind the lower down a branch,,the more horizontal, the more fruit you will get.....

Soft fruit too.....double, triple gooseberry cordons.  Had huge fruit doing this from rooted cuttings on a couple of wires.  And easy to net against birds.  Replaced with GH but I will do this again

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:35

Jess, yes will post pics of agastaches.  many are in flower now but will be far better in couple of weeks.......range from yellow/purple, to blue, to pink, to red, to orange, to purple and all have aromatic foliage. (liquorice, lemon, orange.....all different)

Last year rhey were fantastic so hope they will be again 

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