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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:10

Watching the football.  I see a 6  0 win for England with Hodgson saying " it was so easy for us" 

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:07

Thanks meerkat.  The magenta it is then 

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 17:39

I would expect,them to stop flowering if that small magical meerkat.  However,  was flower colour of your blue and magenta good?  

Heleniums

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 17:36

Hello Fairy54

Couple of things.  It's getting into autumn.....cooler and lower light levels where you are may decide your helenium to slow up.

However, do,you water your helenium?  Is the ground dry?  Heleniums need a good moisture retentive soil with extra watering in dryish spells.  Heleniums naturally look increasingly tatty during the  season with lower foliage especially.  

Deadheading is essential too ......but you are doing that 

Can I Cana in Scotland?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 17:23

I'm at the other end of the country but for me cannas need a lomg,,long season.  Growth re starts early here but I also have large clumps for pots etc and they then have sufficient energy to flower here in August.  

Perhaps,  Dukepaulus, you could develop a decent size clump indoors over winter and then hope,for good weather in the spring to continue that momentum to.produce a flowering plant.  An early start is essential 

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:28

Well pleased with my buddleia buzz Ivory.  5' tall with lots of repeat flowers that are more full and shapely than normal Davidii .  

Who is growing the other colours?  Verdicts?  Pictures? 

For me Buzz is more branching,,compact and altogether. A more garden friendly plant.  It attracts bees and butterflies in abumdance.  I expect next year it will be slightly bigger but not too much and I,will cut it back as I would a fuschia 

 

osterospermum

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:04

Carol,,which sort do you have?  There are now a lot of tender osteospermums on the market.

However, now is a great time to take cuttings.  They root easily. ,half perlite half mpc and try to get non flowering shoots.  Doesn't really matter though too much...just remove the flower buds.  Water in, polythene bag or propagator and leave in warm shady spot in the garden.  They take fast.  I usually put a dozen in half tray and cover with propogator lid.  Keep over winter ...water only if dry ...in greenhouse.  If in a cold area cover with fleece in cold times.  Pot on in the spring and plant out when nice size plants.  They will grow fast and flower next summer.  Easy peasy 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 12:57

Punkdoc, going through similar sitauation with my own mum.  It's just difficult isn't it but you can't give yourself a hard time

A good thread now running dealing with our difficulties ......

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 08:45

Lupins will often start regrowth quite late I find. A large plant cut back in summer is only now showing fresh shoots. ,

However, check thoroughly for snails that may still be there

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 08:38

Morning everybody ......another summer's day.    Forecast says fine for next 5 days and then for the foreseeable future after that....yippee   There's a glow about everything at this time of year 

Couldnt resist actea black negligee and helenium hot lava online  to complete ..or improve..... one border.   I think  heleniums and acteas are good bedfellows   

Enjoy your days folks 

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