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Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:53

Sounds lovely SFord.  

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:38

The weakness with gigantea is at the first "knuckle" on flower stems......viz., at bottom 60 cm.  I use short canes to support these stems and they then cope with wind and rain without breaking. I also grow a yellow leaved dogwood, tall blue aconitum, etc., to provide additional filtering protection.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:30

Morning Orchid Lady

Very offen, if the soil is dry,  rain simply runs off.  A damp soil absorbs rain.  

......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:28

I would like to add Plantify to the good guys list.  

Van Muewan ok for bulbs, annual plugs etc but not for shrubs, perennials if you want a performance from them within 2 or 3 years.  So many bare root and small plugs offered for sale that are just as expensive as buying established potted plants bought elsewhere.  The moral is to check out size, quality and reputation before buying. 

Who`s a reliable mail order plant supplier

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:22

I have tried a couple of new suppliers this year.........Plantify, for example, recently supplied fantastic value plants.  I have to say they were cheaper and bigger than my local GC......also, I could not get them there.  I now have a list of excellent on line suppliers any of whom deliver within 24 hours. 

My feeling is if you want good perennials....shrubs, herbaceous etc.,.......go to suppliers providing potted plants in 2 litre at least.  Firms like T & M, basically seed, bulb  and annual plant suppliers are poor when supplying anything else.....they will send tiny bare root or plugs that often fail.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:14

Hello forkers

Wet overnight but dry...so far ...amd warm now.  The growth of plants overnight was amazing.  No amount of watering can match a good downpour of rain.  I think it will be a showery spell for us this week with the emphasis on warm dry weather.

Watched Chelsea show last night.....pleasantly surprised.  Monty was excellent and the programme better than the usual coverage I think.  Cleve West's garden is my style..........he seems to focus more on good plants rather than hardscaping.  Have a good  time all of you visiting Chelsea this year.

 Over the weekend got most of the planting done........few cannas, dahlias, grasses, etc., looking for homes but they will be accommodated or will flower in their large pots.  I took the opportunity to water the garden in anticipation of the rain so that the soil will absorb it better.  A visitor thought it strange.....me watering yet clearly going to rain.    

I'm sure the Bressingham trip will be brilliant so enjoy it you lucky folks going there today.  

 

 

Is my garden shady?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 07:52

This "full sun" label is a tad misleading I think. 

Nitram, your garden should grow most plants very well.  In the summer you have 5 or 6 hours sunlight and that is ok.  There are some plants that flower in the morning when the sun is out and ??ou,would not grow those. You will ne able to grow a wide range of plants there.

Look to your soil .....if this is fertile you should not have any problems.  

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:38

And what a sight stipa gigantea is.  I have loads of classy plants in summer but gigantea is the show stopper.  

I used to,have problems with gigantea.......it doesn't like being moved or divided, at least by me......and it doesnt like it too wet over winter so mine is planted slightly on a mound but it likes the sun. 

Agree with SFord about the flower stems rocketing over past couple of weeks.  

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:32

Yes I remember Geoffrey smith but not too well.  A little like Geoff Hamilton in style I think.

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:30

Hi wanna be Gardner, 

I would take them out of that tray and pot up into small pots.  Check the tubers first.  If they are firm and healthy or even a little dried (cos they may be in that tray) up they should respond well 

 

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