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Polemonium advice

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:30

No, don't "squeeze" it in anywhere.  It is a beautiful plant...I grow it as well as another too very much like if, viz., Stairway to Heaven"

apart from the blue flowers it is the foliage that is the stand out feature so I personally would associate it with a purple or red perennial like heuchera Berry Smoothie or similar.  Even ophiopogon nigrescens

you have a choice....loosen those roots and pot it into a bigger pot or plant it out but don't keep it as it is.  Unless you decongest those roots and soak them it  will struggle to take up any water over the next few weeks or in spring.  

You will need to give it good rich moist soil, or soil that doesn't dry out.  Those annuals you mentioned should soon be over so if the space, the soil, is good enough plant your Brise D'Anjou there asap

Dying yew hedges

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 20:36

Looks like a water problem.   Looks like they are drying out.  Were they watered? 

You said previously it  was concreted over.....was the concrete removed?  

Yes, someone should accept responsibility here....the gardener if he didn't prepare the plant or the soil properly or the nursery.  

I once bought a shrub from a GC that deteriorated badly on me.  I went to tbe GC and noticed all the stock there was deteriorating too.  Then a chat with the manager.  Money refunded.  So you could vieit the nursery to see his stock and explain what is happening to your plants Chancey 

buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:53

It will need more moisture but I sense it is in its genes to diminish year on year.  

I have taken cuttings from the most floriferous parts of Buzz and see how they perform. buzz Magenta is likely to make way though for Baptisia Dutch Chocolate that I have been growing on 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:46

Not a great picture...getting a bit dark...but this is one of the dahlias that took my fancy yesterday in the bargain rack.  Flowers  are a bit tatty and the whole plant is going over.  Not subtle but I think next year it will be a stunner........on its own somewhere though!  Not one to easily associate with other plants

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:26

No, Bright Star...only cuttings on that one.  They root and grow easily and make large plants next year 

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:57

Foggy goggles,, you know you can DIVIDE it, don't you?  One of a few salvias that can be divided 

agree, Blue Note is superb.......more tender though.  Similar to it, just as attractive with a softer lavendar colour, is Violin Music 

cuttings needed for both ! 

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buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:51

I think you are right Nut....White Profusion instead of Ivory?  And Harlequin for its variegation ?

Sambucas in Trouble

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:43

You know what Padraigh, I am convinced now it is VW following your words. 

I would certainly dig it out asap.  If it is VW it will be in the plant.  

I took cuttings of the elder I lost a few years ago and they failed too despite that usually they are easy and successful.

start again elsewhere with an elder I think rather than transplanting a poorly plant  

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:46

Yes, noticed it next to your buzz Ivory Bright star.  Don't forget to take cuttings asap 

they thrive down has been in for 3 years and is topping 9' now. 

you could easily have a glorious summer garden using only salvias....whites, yellows, pinks, reds, purples, oranges,, not pineapples . and of course the blues 

buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:36

I have 2 of Ivory and Magenta

jury is out for me.  The first year Ivory was superb; last year hardly a flower.  This year, after a move into better soil, it has flowered and is flowering reasonably well but without the impact of its first year.   Magenta is ok but is not really an eye catcher.

Bright Star, mine was exactly as yours is, in its first year never out of flower and I remember posting a picture on the forum covered in butterflies.  i thought it the bee's knees !

My feeling is that the Buzz series declines after first year.  

It needs better....far better ...soil than the regular Davidii varieties. 

I will feed and mulch again this spring and expect top notch performance.  They are not worth their space so far in my opinion.  A lot of better candidates available here waiting to oust them.

Have a go Nick, so they are perennial but don't expect them to match the hype of the advertisers 

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