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Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 13:08

That new eucomis?  Dark Star.  Looks stunning 

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 13:05

I have several eucomis Sparkling Burgundy. never a problem and free from pest/slug problems, touch wood.  

here they are as hardy as most anything else.  Ok, "tropical" Cornwall some may say.  No, hardly that But I do leave them outside all year.

they build up quite rapidly so I pull the bulbs apart and pot them up or plant them out.  I make sure at least the bulb size of compost above them.

used to think they were tender so potted them...individually....for the winter and planted out again in spring.  I now realise they are much tougher.

I grow mainly for the foliage shape and colour....the flowers less they make fine contrast to blue grasses, yellow foliage etc.

in colder areas lift in autumn and pot can plunge pots in the ground.....and cover with a cloche, sheet of glass or fleece. Plant anywhere in spring where soil is free draining and gets full sun.  the occasional dollop of water during a dry spell helps with their lush appearance

lilysilly, a 45 cm pot is fine for 3 this year.  Next year pot them individually.  A john innes compost for stability and moisture retention.  Your plastic greenhouse is fine.  Keep dry from November on.  I would plant outside in April but pot up and keep inside until then.

there is now another red eucomis available (forget the name right now) ....Paddocks stock them I think.  I am so tempted 


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:06

Excellent Sanda 

Night Phlox

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:58

Ah!  Missed this thread....sorry Runny 

have grown this and will do so again now.  Always looking for more scented plants

I would take cuttings .......from the very tips of healthy shoots.  I had success doing this in the summer in the past.  If I remember correctly, you can layer them too from late spring 

I would remove all those "mouldy sticks".  Not sure what the cause is but a humid have a cloche over it........will encourage moulds.  Clean surrounding soil, uncover during mild days too

now, to look for some seeds 

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:44

Just cut all those spreading stems back to where new shoots are forming.......prob 4 or 5" all stems are vertical.  Next month is a good time for this Richard

true, they don't like being cut back hard but this is referring to older bushes.  

The best way to grow Bowles Mauve, in my opinion, is to keep them for 3 years or so then replace them with new plants.  New plants from cuttings every year, pot them up and plant out a year later

foliage looks so much better on young plants; flowering on young plants better too 

A Special Delivery

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:35

Congratulations jonesk 

Clematis Montana

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 20:28

GD, there are clematis suitable for pots......just avoid all the montanas.  Florida Sieboldii is a beauty and will be fine in a pot.

Agree with Fairy.....grow your montana this year.  I think it will be fine.  In autumn plant it out elsewhere.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:47

No gardening but a family of young robins were venturing out into the garden.  from a nest in the toolshed nearby.  Lovely to life in the spring garden.  Wonderful 

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:25

Richard, they often do that when growing fast as young plants entering winter.

The secret, I think, is to cut them back a little at planting time.  I would wait a couple of weeks and cut those stems back to shoots lower down.  New upright growth from the centre will emerge and by late spring you will have a nicely dense compact plant again.  Leave those flattened stems as they are will make for a messy appearance for the life of the plant.  

I have recently cut back Bowles Mauve and its more tender variegated cousins.....bit early to do that in colder areas.  Young plants, 2 to 3 year old, always look so much better than older ones

I find them to be relatively short lived.....they flower continuously for so long that they exhaust themselves so In summer look for cutting material....they root quickly and you will be surprised how quickly they make decent size plants.  You should never then be without Bowles Mauve in your garden 

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Not planted yet aym but I will post a picture.  One flower is almost open and others to come.

i want to make a stunning combo with black hellebore........maybe using reds or blues.  Toying with ophiopogon nigrescens, uncinias.  Yellow hellebore and snowdrops are too obvious,  too "safe".  A white leaved pale blue pulmonaria maybe???  The black hellebore has dark almost purple leaves........bit of thinking. red heucheras? 

Last edited: 17 February 2017 19:00:43

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