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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:25

Ruffled Swan etc posted as promosed on "anyone done gardening ". thread aym 


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:55

No, not rust Sarah,

i have a feeling the ground may be a little wet there or perhaps a tad shady....?

i find penstemons rarely show signs of disease or distress if grown in full sun and in very free draining soil.  

Where do you grow it?  Do you water it maybe too offen? 

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:46

Well, I did manage to keep it for 2 winters Andy........I think the straight Rubrum, Eaton Canyon maybe? classier.  It looks really good where you have it 

New lawn

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:43

Posts crossed there LG.  good post to give confidence to James 

New lawn

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:41

James, been there when I had a new mower and scalped the lawn 

don't feed whstever you do.  Do two things:  water well and keep it moist over next couple of weeks.  Then raise the cut of your mower

hopefully, you will recover your lawn .  Good luck 

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:36

Yours are slightly ahead of mine Andy...They are fantastic grasses.  May be to your taste or maybe not but Pennisetum Fireworks is a stunner 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:31

Joyce, a week more and the asters would have been fully open.  A few weeks back I had Spigelia Marilandica Wisley Jester there too and it has just started  flowering again.  Likes similar conditions and is a real gem 

nice that someone else also enjoys associating plants....I always experiment with contrasts and complements.  

Go for it Joyce...Ruffled Swan is delightful.  There is another, Dreaming Swan, I will add here.  Think heads hang down more thus highlighting the blue reverses better.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:06

I have found heucheras,,primulas and similar with roots completely eaten...vine weevil grubs.  Many others too.  Prob most of us here on the forum 

I clearly stated when to use Provado.  Very, very clear.  Made my preference for nematodes clear too.

if damage is being done in the late autumn to late winter period then Provado is the ONLY option but, I am only repeating what I said earlier.  

I don't think you are actually at odds with my own view as stated.....except roots in the soil are attacked for sure 

New gardening show

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:53

Careful though Hazel.......

it will 

make you


.and it looks like Garden Rescue tonight is a repeat after all 

Canna lilies

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:46


I would not want to add cannas with virus to the compost heap.  

plants do sometimes grow out of a "poor" state.  Whatever escallonias had, for example, was overcome by a hard prune.  A cotinus with phytophthora has been kept going by a hot summer or two near a hot dry wall so nature can come to the rescue.   Watering with a hose seems to being it on again so maybe a message there...?? 

will be interesting to see how you get on with you cannas next year.  A local nursery destroyed its whole canna stock this year. 

will check that Hart Canna sells virus free stock

Anne and Chrissie, a picture I posted this morn is of Tropicanna Black.  It was bought as a small rhizome early Spring 2015.  It is now over 7', been flowering for at least a month, and lots of stems, leaves and flowers to come.  So, it is not a lomg waiting game if you give it warmth and good conditions incl plenty of water in the summer 

look out for Tropicanna Gold too.......nice contrast 

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