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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:30

Morning folks.....looking good here. Prob more than my fair share of sunshine   So sorry for those of you who have forgotten what sunshine feels like 

Got few tasks in the veg patch this morn....pull up spent peas and lettuce gone over (intended to give some to day care centre but forgot.  Waste really.  Lettuce to plant out, stocks to plant in spare veg area, blueberries and blackcurrants to pick (lots of fruit.....pruning at the same time by cutting fruiting stems)

Nice to see grasses used in last night's love your garden. Hopefully those of you asking about them recently will enjoy them as much as do.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 23:47

If this was a month ago I would say yes but ....it's what I did with lots of flowers now......your flowers won't now appear until August.  Don't forget to water it once a week just to keep it from drying out.  

Actually ,many of the doubles like your pink delight, are fairly robust in my opinion and will send up strong flower stems for several weeks.  Dont forget to deadhead those spent flowers.

dogwoods

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 23:38

The red stemmed, yellow amd green stemmed dogwoods MUST  be pruned hard every spring if you want strong,,vibrant colourful stems over wimter.  Far from being " spindly" they should be thick and strong.  They need feeding in spring and kept moist too.

Maggie, your red and yellow dogwood does sound like Midwimter Fire which is slightly different.  It is a weak grower. Best to prune it by tipping I think.....not now,,it's too late....and feed and water.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:13

I have several echinaceas including Hot papaya, marmalade, milkshake, guava ice, summer sky, vintage wine, and varieties of Cheyenne,etc etc.

These all need to develop good strong root systems before they flower, kept moist in their first season, very little added fertiliser and plenty of sunshine. Would not divide in their first season either.  Can divide in spring when weather is warm but best to develop again for another season before doing this.

To remove flower stems before mid summer helps a long sturdy flower display from July onwards.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 08:19

Best that nobody posts on passport thread....posting keeps it current

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 08:14

David, I think Polemonium stairway to heaven is a little harder than brise D'anjou.  More attractive too. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 08:08

A lovely morning.  Sunny day methinks 

Hope everyone has good day 

Plant needed for round year interest for small border

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 23:56

Acer Flamimgo can be pruned hard back every year Kirstynovicegardemer...did you know that?  

I would plant a choisya there. Highly fragrant flowers, aromatic leaves, evergreen beautiful glossy evergreen, easily kept to sIzs.  If you want a yellow leaved variety choisya sundance is very attractive.  

A lovely variegated shrub is abelIa confettii.  Neat, slow growing and flowers in autumn.  Very nice indeed 

Why do perennials die?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:30

Everything but me dies Eleventh hour.  

I never plant out anything that's small.....grow them on first.  Out there in the garden pests, diseases, weather and simply a plant's constitution can damage it and the bigger it is the better.  

Geums can "live for ever" if divided regularly. Hot Lips too if cuttings taken every year.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:18

Im sure there's a slice or three of cake for me from fairy.  She is my fav after all

Congrats to mrsG too.

Lovely evening now after a load of rain.  Echinaceas opened or opening now, first beans picked and heleniums beginning to show off

My mum is much better ...still in hospital but prob home tomorrow.

Got ring for my niece's 21 st birthday....not until end of October but it's what she wants and I haggled £200 off.  Bit of a story about it but suffice to say it seems meant to be 

Sorted an argument today in hospital car park.  Avoided one of em being admitted as a patient I think   Young guy and older fellow....think the younger one would have come off worst though despite his brave talk 

Someone was asking about tall grasses recently so will post pics soon 

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