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Woody Penstemon

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:53

they aren't too bad Mark.  Look worse than they are actually 

Cut them back halfway or so now.  In spring cut them back will see a lot of basal shoots so cut to those.  Next year I think they will flower really well...second year plants are very good.  

Just one it sunny there?  You said they didn't flower well; if too shady they would be shy of flowering 

Growing Advice Please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:45

Ladybird, both good choices.

Broadway lights?  You can pot on or plant it out in good sunlight and soil with good drainage.  It will suffer if grown in too dark or damp a spot.  It will not like clay soil over winter so,I would prefer to  pot on. 

Geum Totally Tangerine is a different story.  I find it a very adaptable plant, very vigorous, very floriferous (and it flowers well too..ahem! ) and a good candidate for division.  It copes well in partial shade and enjoys good soil.

I divide Totally Tangerine every 2 years as it gets big but I also want more of those orange flowers around the garden.  I have at least half a dozen plants in 3 litre pots ready to plant out in autumn.  For me it is evergreen.  Forget the flowers that might pop up;  divide it now, cut it in half and plant them or pot them.  They will flower their socks off from March to mid summer.  If you regularly deadhead you will have flowers all through summer.

Last edited: 31 August 2016 18:48:12

New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:23

Philippa, Charlie gets her share of control in progs to come.  

Good points about decking and tree ferns.......decking is not my "thing".  An expensive time when it is replaced.  Decking had a big following a few years back...everybody seemed to be putting it down.  Down here people slipped, the wood rotted, warped and bounced and it soon looked tatty.  

tree ferns.....we don't protect them here but good point. 

Not had an apple for years!

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:03

Prefer organic fertiliser to growmore though Sonny blood and bone is excellent 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:01

Language Fairy 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:55

Ooo, I'm the only one to have done any gardening since yesterday! 

Cut lawns, went for a swim, picked pears and mixed them with Cornish dairy ice cream, picked beans and toms.  Deadheaded heleniums and a few dahlias 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:41

Just in from mowing the lawns.........the scent of perennial heliotrope is AWESOME, 

  nothing, nothing better.

i love the smell of new mown grass...the heliotrope overpowered it;  I mowed under an arch of honeysuckle but still the heliotrope outperformed it.  The summer Jasmine?  Could not compete.

pots of heliotrope ...not the inferior annual marine.....and planted out in different points of the garden are magical esp on a beautiful day like today.

my cuttings are already under way for even more plants next summer 

New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:32

Ha ha, raisingirl, that's fine.  Might be bloomin fantastic 


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:23

Just as I thought Sarah....

glad to have made you smile.  That's what life's about 

Help! First timer needs help making a Meadow into a Lawn :)

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:20

Good thinking Dave...forgot that 

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