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Autumn beding plants

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:47


wallflowers are definitely worth it.  I grow quite a few to fill the gaps of the tenderest of perennials.  They provide good foliage and scented colourful flowers from late winter to mid spring.  

You ask abouf autumn bedding plants.......if you include primulas, stocks, sweet williams then,,yes, they are worth it 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:02

Hey!    You got me down as bald and now as a woman...according to B3 .    

Look!  I am smart so I must be a bloke 

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:58

Planted in shade will mean

fewer flowers

straggly growth.

my honeysuckles grow in full sun and one in dqppled shade.  They need reasonable moisture so, 

wakeshine, you will be disappointed with your honeysuckle in that situation and those conditions. forget growing in a pot; honeysuckles will not like that 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:12

Will it grow there Fairy?   Grow only plants to suit growing conditions and climate 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:10

you wicked girl B3.  

vine weevil : do i need to treat all containers?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:08

Newby, no Bug Ultra clear will not work on vine weevils. Provado is the only effective chemical for the grubs.   at night grab a torcb and check walls and plants for the asults.  evergreens like eunymous seem popular with them.  Be quick cos they will drop at the slightest disturbance.  Squash 'em! 

vine weevils do most damage on heucheras, primulas, fuschias by eating the roots so nothing remains. MPC too has been a boon for vine weevils so using john innes compost instead helps.

the vine weevil population here is now far less than it was... Thanks to .a combination of Provado or nematodes (cannot uss both), nighttime vigil and soil based compost 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:47

Again, agreeing with Nut here.

caryopteris will not thank you for a thick winter mulch that helps hold onto moisture.  A light straw mulch perhaps but the best way to grow caryopteris is to plant is where it is as warm as possible and as free draining as possible.  Prune in spring too not in autumn 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:40

Hey Tetley....see my previous answer .  Cheeky 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:38

Hey Fairy, Verdun is not bald.   

I will have you know someone locally calls me the "most handsome man in ........"   so there . And when I look in the mirror I think "hey! Pretty good" . Ha ha 

look! Before people get carried away...AGAIN....nothing terrible is happening, nobody is being killed and the ground won't  swallow us up.  Indeed, it will not even affect our lives one bit.  Adult, sensible opinion that's all.  If it offends ignore it as always.  Let those who enjoy these threads well, enjoy them or is that too naive? 

let's not give the powers-that-be the opportunity to censor, remove or ban anyone or anything 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 16:57

Yep, all osteos GD

bottom 2 are tender...take cuttings now

top 2 .....depends on their habit for me to ID.  Are they sprawling or neat compact plants.  if sprawling, spreading they are more hardy...hardy for you and me GD.  Cannington Roy if so and Eklonis whirligig.  They change the names a bit.  I have a giant flowered version of the white Eklonis

I suspect you have a collection of the more tender ones there GD that often do well over the winter here too 

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