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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:03

Papi jo, praise indeed.....having seen your garden.   Thanks 

That Amistad is over 5' but growing.  I always pinch back up to mid summer;  makes them sturdier and more floriferous in late summer.    Have one over 7' already that was not is wat back in a corner area backing other tall perennials. 

PP, you make me did you know I colour them in?  Thought nobody saw me 

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 11:56

Yes Wakeshine, it is simply doing its thing.

for next year a shadier spot will help prolong flowering.....a tad 

I can recommend the paniculata hydrangeas....the PG's.  I grow Limelight shown below. it is just beginning to take on pale pink but the white...the lime/white....will continue well into September.  In autumn it is pink.  Been flowering since July so I think they are prob the best value hydrangeas.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:08

One of those grasses you can do at anytime Joyce but, one tip;   Don't grab small pieces. I use a spade to dig a chunk out. If yours is small then wait a while for it to grow.  The one shown is about 2 metres wide, is the biggest I have but all are pretty big.  

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:04

Excellent Alex.......great value indeed 

the "dark leaved plant" is one of my favourite plants.  Have a few but this is Actea Brunette and soon white scented flowers will open.  Not sure photo does the foliage credit....if you have a spot for it get one.

Hazel, hopefully things will improve but we do get aome decent weather here and already over the past half hour it is blue sky and sun 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:42

Couple of pics from kitchen window....too lazy to go out there 

Wild Swan, Hosta and Hakon grass

bishops children dahlia,,Amistad and C. karl Foerster now coming into flower

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:09

Warm, bright but overcast.  No sun yet

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:06

Wakeshine, I don't think you have done anything wrong.....except too much direct sunshine perhaps

however, those brilliant blue flowers will not last forever.....they do and will fade now and hot sun will not have helped.  Blue colourant will not make a difference at this time of year.  Ericaceous compost does help maintain the blue so that is fine.  

Move to shadier spot, water well to help prolong flowers in pristine condition but remember we are entering autumn and many plants, incl hydrangeas, are starting to prepare for it.  

(Sad, isn't it, to think about autumn? )

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:53

Alex, these are rudbeckias in my garden. 

sick rosemary srub

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:52


your old rosemary is just that....old, tired and its roots will be very congested.  It prob did get waterlogged and it seems you did the right thing...i.e. Drilling more drainage holes 

have you fed it?  pale leaves are a sure sign it is hungry

rosemary is not long lived ...although I have one which is several years old now....esp in a pot.

it is time to take cuttings...good time now...and prepare for replacing your plant Pot-head

so, feeding it now, and I would simply use a seaweed spray  as well as an epsom salts spray and see how it does 

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 22:30

Me too Alex.  no invasive plants either.

any new plants are always carefully researched and trialled.     

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