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Anyone recognise this perennial?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:40

The shape of the leaves is different to those on my geum; similar texture.  ....grow only Totally Tangerine....but I have a feeling it could be a geum.  The whole thing looks frustratingly familiar.  Hope someone knows 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:33

Can I suggest Macra All Gold Fairy rather than more of the same?  . Bit different colour wise....a deeper yellow. I have grown mine in a pot in full sun simply to assess it this summer and it looks good. there is also another variety with deeper orange/ red escapes me......that I covet 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:26


not really.  Crocosmia and kniphophias will not die by being cut down in autumn as many grasses will.  However, in cold areas it is prob better to cut down in spring although much of the foliage dies down anyway so this won't  be a problem.

Can this hydrangea be saved?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:19

Bob, can you post a picture?

no trick to cutting off dead flowers but it is sensible not to right now.  Leave them until spring because they protect the buds for next year.

watering daily is not really a good idea for perennials.....a good drench once a week is better 

Autumn priority

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:15

I have a huge juniper to remove in autumn.  Victim of phytophthora I think and it is has been a superb blue pyramid for 30 years.  Luckily the dying area is mostly on the unnoticed side so far.  Trimmed annually to 15' tall and wide it will be a difficult job getting it out.  I will.....nothing has ever stopped me.  Leylandii trees, sycamores, hollies and others looked impossible but they are long gone.  Some cursing helps with the energy.  I will enjoy it though

So, my preparation Lou is in planning out the planting when the juniper has been removed. Plants are growing on and some mature plants will be moved across.  A generous 20 x 20' area so I think it will look good when done. 

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:41

Verdun recommends verdone for a verdant lawn .....ok!  The sun has gotten to me 

I had a quick google..painless......because I had an idea Verdone has been replaced.  It looks like Weedol lawn weedkiller now.  Clover remains one of the hardest weeds to control so, as I said, a few treatments may be required 

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:28

Really makes no difference musher.  Those stems are very tough.  I do it in job less for spring.

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:21

Slightly tricky Newb

a lawn weed killer knocks it back but I found it took persistent treatments to finally eradicate it.  Maybe 3 times over the summer and repeat the following year.  Apparently mowing helps spread it so use a box.

some say clover makes the grass look greener.  Not for me though.  It will gradually force out the grass 

Pruning buddleia davidii

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:12

Remember too, cutting  off flower heads and spent flower stems encourages more flowers 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:08

You are right Lie to give up on them now. 

We all live and learn.....don't be too keen to cut any grasses too early.  Wait ntil you see new growth first 

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