Latest posts by Verdun

Sage flowering?

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:24

Dave, I think not this year....let us know if it does though.  

you can do one of two things...prune it hard back; no flowers for sure then 

or, my choice, move it.  Because it is a young plant it will move easily.  As much sun as possible and as free draining a spot as possible.  Give it space because sage is a bit of a bully! 

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:20

Berkley, balanced fertiliser until mid summer then high potash from then on 

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:07

Agree with nut.....cuttings should be dwarf too.  I have taken some from Ivory and Magenta and expect them to root quite soon and grow like the donors

I found they need better soil than the bigger buddleias.  I moved Iviry from a poor, dry area to better one and they are full of flower and vigour

Feeling overwhelmed - Large areas to fill

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:17

Makes great sense Michelle 

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 09:51

Morning D. Sue

for the first year ever I had problems germinating and growing white cosmos...yes, Purity.  Luckily I sowed early and re sowed buying different seed.

don't worry, cosmos are reliable flowering plants and surely will do so for you.  They have a habit of suddenly flowering.  They love the warmer weather and can be slow earlier in fhe year.

not sure I would do anything.....I would not feed right they will be all the better grown hard. 

Last edited: 29 July 2016 09:53:30

Feeling overwhelmed - Large areas to fill

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 09:42

Along with those already suggested by HC, check out cotinus Royal Purple....easy care and fantastic colour.  A eucalyptus gunnii alongside would look good.  

The dogwoods will provide winter red stems....Elegantissima will add green and white leaves in summer;  Aurea lovely yellow leaves.  

hardy salvias will provide spikes of blue/purple all summer, amthemis Mrs Buxton will look good with them, and echinaceas like purpurea Magnum and White Swan.  For tall perennials veronicastrum is excellent for both flower colour and structure.  Lobelias like Hadspen Purple flowering here...with tall purple flowers...and Tanya with red foliage. 

phormiums ...Sundowner will give evergreen red shades and Tricolour will provide green, white and yellow shades.  Libertias too are evergreen grass-like plants with unique olive colour 

If you like blues check out ceratostigma wilmottianum and caryopteris both small shrubs with late summer flowers.  For blue foliage and shape check out the grass elymus magellanicus....evergreen and an eye catching colour

For grey/silver mounds check out santolinas, helychrysum (curry plant), senecios and artemisia Powys Castle.

small purple shrubs like pittosporum Tom Thumb...evergreen and superb in winter....and berberis Bagatelle

loads and loads of choice but take your time michelle.  Don't be too eager to plant in groups though until you are more familiar with the plants and actually decide you like them 

Last edited: 29 July 2016 09:46:15

Where in the world are you?

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 08:09

Hello Simly Flowers

I'm in the south west of Cornwall.  Near the coast but sheltered in a walled garden.   

Manual hedge cutting or electric

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 23:46

Iona???   Too artificial?  Why?  

You can trim using shears or hedgecutter...both are potentially equally "artificial" 

like most people I use a powered hedgetrimmer for hedges......faster and neater.  However, I also use shears for the physical hands-on approach, for both exercise and for the "feel" on cutting specimen or individual shrubs.

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:29

Will post a picture of gaura whirling butterfly tomorrow...if I have time and remember!  Taller and more unrestrained than the pink ones but a beautiful white.  

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:20

P. aurea is indeed a runner.  Now watching this prog so will see Charlie's bloomer.........

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