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Japanese anemone

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 11:51

I still,think its dry Tricia.  It's generally been a hot long summer and water supplies inadequate during the summer. 

A good quality mulch, a feed in spring and some additional watering next year will achieve a better result .  

Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 11:47

Pottie

Pruning is important........correct pruning that is. Often philadelphus is "pruned" just to "tidy it up" thus losing the flowers.

I would be inclined to leave your shrub but perhaps help it along.   I would apply potash In early spring.  I'm assuming growth is good so would not apply any other fertiliser. Or, if growth is not good then also a general fertiliser a week or two later.  

When it flowers next year take the advice about pruning.  It's not really difficult. Annual pruning then helps achieve regular flowering. 

(I have had fun n games trying to get various stubborn plants to flower...e.g. Laburnum, weigela,,forsythia  (all were old and prob seedlings).  Success with the laburnum eventually) 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:20

Just a little rain early this morning and could be odd shower for a while.  Sun acoming though 

Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:16

Morning chicken chaser

Yes choisya...Mexican orange blossom...is similar except it flowers for longer, in spring  and early summer, but  can flower at,other times too (I have  one flowering right now).   Choisya is an altogether more attractive shrub...aromatic evergreen leaves.....that is easily pruned to shape 

Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 23:47

Hiya chicken chaser

Mock orange is a tatty looking plant generally.  It's that scent   So well worth growimg.

Ideally wait until June when flowers are going over.  Then remove all flowered stems.  Then look at,the older wood. It's easily identified.  Trace some of it right back to source...ideally back to the base and cut out.  Don't be tempted to just hack back....??ou will merely get lots of growth and very few flowers.  Over a couple of years ??ou wIll achieve a more compact , fully floweriNg plant. 

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:13

Lyn, second year plus heleniums benefit from a "Chelsea chop".  I also stake mine early.  However, I do half amd half.    tall well staked heleniums are quite a sight  and will be earlier?  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:07

It seems my mum  needs a nursing home not residential.  She is getting aggressive apparently.  Will have a meeting on Thursday .  All qute shocking to know she is like that 

A lot,of problems here today, aren't there !  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:02

Stunning busy 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:59

Yviestevie, yes they will overwinter in GH .  Delay for a while yet though and keep dry.  Hardier than dahlias if dry. Earlier ??ou start them off next spring the better.  Cannas here have been flowering for several weeks and nothing better to create an exotic look and feel to a garden ...ESP if blessed too with purple or variegated foliage 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:43

Hey, good to see you again Matty   On iPad you can enlarge print by separating fingers 

Pretty hot here again.  Divided a few more echinaceas....will have stacks next year now....and agastaches (think I have worked out the idiosynchracies/paradox of these, viz., that although they like excellent drainage and sun they still require a lot of water a day or so a week.  This seems to apply too when they are divided ) 

Suddenly the garden is full of potted plants to grow on  and newly planted wallflowers in their nursery bed.  Salvia Amistad is looking at its best right now...the "autumn" colour seems to agree with it.  Got one or two performing around the garden.  Didn't rate Amistad overmuch during summer but wow !  Womderful now

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