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What to plant in September?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 13:52

Ah!  Thinking of spring already Ladybird......I like it 

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 13:50

You're welcome Sara 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 13:47

Oops!  Should have opened above but this is Wild Swan. Single flowers and slightly bigger.  As with Ruffled Swan been flowering all summer and lots of buds to come going into late summer/autumn.  Ruffled Swan is slightly taller.  

aster F. Monch just opening behind 

Last edited: 30 August 2016 13:48:14

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 13:43


pictures as promised.  This is Ruffled Swan.  Been flowering for several weeks and has masses of buds to open. 

Any ideas?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 12:36

Pittosporums ?  Easily clipped to size with foliage colours from almost white to dark purple/black.

shame you rejected conifers....taxus Standishii is a beauty and, again, easily kept to size.  Unlike most conifers it will not scorch or suffer and can be cut into old wood

most shrubs will spread wider than 2' ...agree about euonymous but even this group will need cutting two or three times during the summer 

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 12:28

Sara, no. Not together.  Provado will kill nematodes 

nematodes can be used from spring to prob mid September but then are useless.

Provado can be used in late autumn and winter..

i use both though....if heucheras and the like look poorly in the cold season I will use provado to kill weevils then......the grubs in the soil.  By the time spring comes around the effect of Provado has passed.  

Ideally, nematodes used as a routine is good but in reality they are not always practical.  

i think weevils' life cycles can be halted after a year or two of either treatment so I find now weevis are not such a problem 

Last edited: 30 August 2016 12:29:22

What to plant in September?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 12:19

Sanguisorbas, late salvias, rudbeckias will continue for weeks yet,  asters already mentioned but check out  frikartii monch . Many grasses start flowering in September like miscanthus and panicums but others like the pennisetums will add colour too.  

Canna lilies

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 09:09

Thanks Hosta......just checked mine. THINK i'm ok but the paranoia in me will have me checking again, and again and......

yes Anne, think you will .   I have some huge clumps in flower now and give an exotic feel 

Canna lilies

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:51

Hosta, canna virus is a worry.  Thought I had it on Phasion esrly in the year...think it was one of the most susceptible.....but it is fine.  Early coldish weather on a lot of new growth got me concerned.  Don't think I have the virus here.  

I think the virus is spread by contact....will need to re check that and symptoms again 

Plant ID

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:10

GD, cannas have all green leaves as well as purple and variegated green/white.  Cannas vary enormously in size and appearance.....some will even grow in water.  A very variable family 

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