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Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:34

No keep them in those pots now Linda.  plant out in spring 

iamweedy, yes totally hardy down here in west Cornwall but fairly reliable elsewhere too.  Always take cuttings in summer though cos you have spare if there are losses and penstemons are past their best after 3 years or so 

Last edited: 13 October 2016 09:37:52

Echinacea plant

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:32

Aym...bumping up simply means keeping the thread active for comment 

jo, I grow a few echinaceas.  

What do you do to grow them?  They need sunny, well drained spots but also a good watering now and then.  There are lots of newer varieties around and some are pretty fickle/temperamental and not as robust as the older ones.  Some are really not much more than annuals but all need to develop a good root system before they flower.  I always remove flowers before mid summer, even on established plants, and thereafter let them flower.  mulch them too in spring.  

Do you know the variety?  

I would hazard a guess that your plant dried out.....plants here have needed watering...but there are physiological probs associated with them too that cover a whole bunch of issues.   A fungicide sometimes helps

if earlier in the year I would have said cut back hard, clear away debris and mulch but it is too late now to cut down. 

Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:08

Linda, you don't say how big the pots are but, yes, protect them.  

if you have some spare ground put them, pot and all. in the ground.  This  will help keep frost away from the roots.  When it gets colder drape some fleece over them.  

I removed oxalis triangularis' sidebulb too early... help!

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 07:44


worry have not killed it.  your sidebulb will grow too.  The colour is quite normal. 

Next spring/summer you will see your oxalis growing again.

is it growing outside in the garden?  If so don't water it or feed will thrive all by itself, you'll see.   It has a tendency to propagate itself and you will see more plants over the years. 

If it is indoors in a pot water it occasionally but don't soak it.  It prefers to be cool.  it will prefer to be outside though.

I am sorry your boyfriend has passed is nice to remember him this way.  The garden is a very sentimental place for many of us too. 

Last edited: 13 October 2016 07:46:55

Tall plant for shady spot suggestions please!

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:36

On the perennial front Acteas are superb....beautiful, shaped, purple/brown foliage to 100 to 150 cm and scented white flower spires in autumn.

sanguisorba Alba grows to 180 cm....Pink Tanna to 100 cm and others

persicaria polymorpha is a large bullish summer long flowerer ..

veronicastrums too will grow to 150 cm

foxgloves too plus aconitums......

......the good guys

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 19:55

Yes, I saw them too Sparkles    Might grab a couple myself tomorrow 

Pruning a sedum

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 19:53

But short to be cut back in that picture Sparkles......I guess early May ?

Plus of course do not water or feed.  Grow in poorest soil poss. A sturdy plant is then guaranteed or my name is not Monty Don 

Last edited: 10 October 2016 19:54:21

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 19:46

Look aym!  I am but a simple cornishman.  Can't be readin' too far me 'edache 

anyway,,if you copied Runny's phrase you was swearing too.  

World was made in 6 days so that we could all have the day off on 


Last edited: 10 October 2016 19:48:33

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 18:48


Shocking behaviour aym 

This is a garden forum where such bad language is not allowed 

tut tut tut 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 17:13

Down at Trelissick gardens perched over  the Fal Estuary this morning and it was very, very warm. sun reflecting on the water, no wind at all.  Idyllic. 

Wall to wall sunshine 

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