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My flowers ..

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:39

Hazel, yes green. A different sort of gaura.  Long, long almost unruly stems but flower earlier than the pink ones and, for me anyway, go on later almost into winter. 


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:40

Lovely fidget . You have some beauties there


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:39

Never gotten around to posting pics of my hellebores so will make a point of it at flowering time Patsy. Yep!  Wonderful wimter and spring flowers 

Stipa tenuissima

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:36

B3, yes they can "lean" over if not planted in as open a position as possible. As dry as possible too.  And as hot as possible.  Grow them in a group of 3 fairly close together; a discreet very short cane will help against the prevailing wind too.  I cut them back hard in spring and divide them in autumn and pot up in 9 cm pots and potted on before planting out.  All this should help to create your desired "trump" look 

My flowers ..

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:14

Hmmm!  Not great.  Will take tom in the sunshine 

My flowers ..

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:12

Ooooo, forgot.  Flowers have closed a bit now but here they are Hazel 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:58

I'm fine with the "blub" thing Hosta ....not tears but "manly" (hopefully) emotion when people are happy.  I think it's all sincere.  

Agree tho I wouldn't want too many garden progs with the "blub' element.  Would love to see in depth progs about plants presented by the growers and plantsmen/ women.  We are doing well with garden progs right now but none are really about the plants

My flowers ..

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:46

Ha ha aym

yes slugs n snails do like knips.  However, it's when the flowers start to go over, when they are nice and soft, that these blighters come for dinner . So removing these stems makes a big difference.  An occasional night time torch vigil too.  and clear clean ground around the base helps.  half a dozen or less pellets on warm nights too.  

Ok, will try to take pics tomorrow of white echinaceas....white swan and Milkshake currenly here 

yes a does well there, don't know the name (got it in the sale as an unnamed and very cheap plant from fhe National Dahlia Collection not far from here)  

Dividing lupins

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:28

Well I do.  Some will insist you can't.  

I have recently done this to many of my lupins. After flowering they become tatty and are eyesores in the garden if in prominent positions.

I lift and divide and pot up.  Some do well some do not.  you can simply lift and pot up with little concern they will survive.

these lupins then are planted again in autumn or spring.  Works well for me 

pruning a rock rose

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:23

Do,you mean the low growing sun roses...helianthemums  nadinemc?  

Cut back after flowering bht not too hard.  Remove flowered stems to just into green shoots below.  

Cordylines?  You can cut these hard as you like.  They will regrow but form multiple stems.  Remove/rub out shoots you don't want so you can select how many stems you want and where.  

I have a lovely variegated variety that I "play games" with.  I let it grow to 12' or so then cut it back.  Currently, it is 7' tall approx and multi stemmed.  Prob in about 3 or 4 years I will cut it back again 

you can do it now or wait until spring 

Last edited: 29 July 2016 19:24:34

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