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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 08:40

Sorry Bekkie.  Well overwhelmed with rain over the winter but I must say most days.....touch wood.......are pretty good.

Being near the coast misty damp comditions .....as like last night....help with watering.

I remember Mr Edd.  Amazing to learn that horse could actually talk.  Apparently hours and hours of contact with horse whisperers, etc., behind the scenes enabled Mr Edd to actually have conversations with humans.  Who would believe that? 

planting between shaped bushes on a fence (tall structural plant ideas please)

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 08:31

Ah snowdrop, you already have bonariensis I see.....

I grow salvia guaranitica and salvia uliginosa.  Both are tall long flowering blue plants. However, there is a big difference......uliginosa requires more moisture.  If,your ground  is moisture retentive or you can add water occasionally, this is a mighty attractive plant.  Blue flowers with white tips, graceful, erect and easy.  Guaranitica has vsrieties with darker or lighter blues but grows in dried soils.  

Acomitums are worth checking out too.....I grow a couple of varieties.  My fav is Stainless Steel with lovely blue flowers.  Aconitums are bushy long flowerimg perennials that thrive in a little shade.  

Consider though grasses there..     Tall grasses like Calamagrostis Karl foerster or vsrieties of miscanthus will add drama, impact, flowers and movement for you

buddleja buzz

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 08:21

I have just one buzz...ivory.  Planted last autumn.  Already about 4' tall and about to flower.  Have no definite idea what it will be like ultimately but I grow it as a shrub that will be marginally smaller (to half size)  than the usual buddleia varieties.  

However, I will prune hard back in autumn and expect a bigger bush next year but still smaller and mkre compact than usual varieties

I grow buzz in poor soil but I understand it needs more nutrients than normal but I will not add feed unless it's clear that it needs it.

. Don't  think it will be a suitable pot plant, where it will need a lot of feeding, and should be in the ground.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 08:06

Morning folks.  In for a real scorcher.

 Watered everything in pots.  

That food looks so good Dove.  Far better than my porridge ....got my own blackcurrants with it too though 

Busy today....no gardening but did cut lawns cut last night. Will pass a favourite nursery later but will definitely not be stopping to buy anything.  Still have plants in pots without homes.........

Hope you all enjoy your day 

planting between shaped bushes on a fence (tall structural plant ideas please)

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:18

The obvious,plant.....verbena bonariensis.  What better? 

powdery mildew on polemonium

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:16

Keep plants moist....don't let,them dry out and stress. ,asters,polemoniums and others     are prone to mildew in hot humid weather.  Some vsrieties are more resistant,than others,,for example, in the aster family so check out those reputed to be better.  Monardas too....some will always get mildew whilst others may not.

For me, treatment is the same.....cut back every stem to base,  spray with fungicide, feed and water well.  Then another good  watering next day then a mulch.  

Scabious is susceptible too. To avoid mildew I cut back ..late Chelsea chop I guess....before signs of it if I can and this energises the plant to produce fresh foliage quickly and flowers in a few weeks. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:38

Welcome yviestevie.  Nice to see you here   

Woody,,,,, you sure know how to live well .....  Have great time

Lovely day.....hot again and beautiful evening.  Just cut grass.....smell of cut grass, regale lilies and philadelphus belle Etoile is intoxicating.

No gardening really.....helping with flat move, setting up tv, assembling bed amd sofa and generally being a dogsbody. (funny word that.....dogsbody )

Some hellebores have black spot this year.....spoiling their appearance.  Applied Epsom salts after removing affected leaves having decided  such a tonic will help feed the plants if nothing else.  There is no rhyme nor reason why some hellebores are clean but others not.  When I try my hand at "breeding" hellebores it will be those clean varieties I select 

Lots  of new guys on the forum now....that's nice  Wonder if they know I have 2 birthdays a year. 

 

 

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 13:16

Lucifer is now flowerimg.  It does finish mid summer though.  However, I cut off flowered stems to leave just fresh green sword shaped leaves....perfect as a foil for other plants so not really a problem as by then so much is in flower anyway.

Not particularly long flowering but worth it for sheer colour.  Down here crocosmias are a bit thuggish so need dividing regularly....giving away?  Been tempted by the newer varieties, ESP those like zambesi, Limpopo, etc.

 

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:08

Victoria

Those grassss are wind resistant and reliable.  They remain as a form of structure over winter.  Remember those horrendous  winter storms?  Well, they withstood them.

Not much time today but will post a pic or two of grasses.  Did post recently of stipa gigantea.  In that pic hackonochloa was in the foreground.  This is a truly womderful grass....deciduous but so classy. I grow in the ground and in pots....they cascade in pots  with beautiful yellow foliage with subtle orange markings and sway in the slightest breeze.  In the ground they form mounds of equally lovely foliage.  Perfect for associating with your rogersias too.  Best in some shade but womderful in the sun if moisture levels maintained.  

The miscanthus pics will be around august for their flowers.

 

Companion planting

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:08

Silleee me.  After all that I read the caption incorrectly.  Companion planting for FRUIT AND VEG.    Wot am I like eh?  

Ok, there are things I do for companion planting veg, etc but I,will shut up now 

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