Latest posts by Verdun

Is Buddleia Davidii Pink Invasive?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:02

Bala....all are absolutely fine.  Relax and enjoy them 

pruning is worth reading up on them.....keeps bushes compact and floriferous.,...

Stressed Hydrangea

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:59

1634 racine...yes give it more water.....the name tells you it likes water 

nice plant Sparkles 

Companion plants for purple echinacea?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:54

Oooooo!  to contrast or omplement Iamto .  Huge choice 

Spikes like agastache Bliue Boa, veronicas, dwarf kniphophias, libertia tapas, 

for a "floaty" effect sanguisorbas or deschampsias 

foliage like berberis atropurpurea nana,,artemisia powys castle, elymus magellanicus

grasses like elymus magellanicus ...delightful blue.....imperata red foliage.....stipa tennuissima, 

whites from tiarellas, anemone wild swan, white echinaceas, leucanthemum broadway lights, white astilbes, gaura whirling butterfly, or even an annual like white cosmos

spugelia marilandica wisley jester for a red/yellow combo.

yellows like rudbeckias, coreopsis moonbeam, or the annual/short term perennial argyranthemum Butterfly.

My flowers ..

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:22

Knips and agastaches

salvia - hotlips

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:02

Hot  Lips does that.   Doesnt seem to be weather or temp affected but Hot Lips will flower all white, all red and red and white.  I have never worked out why and it isn't a seasonal thing 

Irenesellers, don't concern yourself about will those red and white flowers at some stage. 

When you get your red and white flowers.....could be next week or later but you will do....let us know 

Vanilla Fraise Hydrangea - Needing support?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:24

Loubs, a lot has to do with the pruning.  

What did you do to it last autumn or early spring?  Did you cut it to tbe ground?

when pruned to the base the new growth is not sturdy eniugh to support those heavy blooms.  I prune half way and fully expect hold up well.  It did last year.  

currently mine is almost there with its heavy flowers....I will post a picture in a few days 


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 19:29

Heavy rain not fallen here for quite a while.......Whenever rain is forecast lately it seems to  by pass this area or, as this morning be light drizzle for 40 mins or so.  Expected more but it has been a dry day! 

I did some transplanting this evening and the ground was dry.  Took a calculated risk in moving some pretty big plants in flower....I would never advise this on the forum . Plants have loved this have I.  It has been a great summer. ,. It has been warm and the stormy winds have not materialised at all.

rain is far, far better for plants than tap water. the atmosphere when it rains is better and conducive to rapid growth. 

Nepeta gone nuts!

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 16:41

For sure they will Beaus Mum.

pull a few "runners" up and pot them or plant them elsewhere.

nepetas are best cut back very hard now hard as you like.  They regrow and flower very quickly but without the overpowering stems 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 16:38

Dry humid day.  Sun appears now and then. no wind at all

in my walled garden it has felt pretty hot 

I felt so sorry today...........I grow blueberries under a net and last year a blackbird or two had more than their fair share.  I was pre occupied with other stuff to take much notice that the blueberries were disappearing 

why did I feel so sorry today?    It was for a blackbird eying up the masses of delicious looking fruit but unable to get at them .  Aren't we a sad soppy lot?  Guess what I did?  Look, I have so many blueberries and there is enough for old blackie and me so..  I'm not going to miss a few so..........................










I waved him off and made sure I get every blueberry.  

Ha ha 


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 16:27

Djslone, no crocosmia will flower all my experience.  deadheading seems to make no difference to length of flowering.

lucifer flowers for a long time......for past few weeks and maybe 3 to go.

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