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is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:46

Not at all Hosta....my thinking exactly 

I know I'm in the minority but seed for me is a big no. not for perennials anyway. too fussy, too long winded and too much guesswork as to what will finally flower.  Cuttings, divisions for me.  Quicker and that "quality" plant you have will be cloned perfectly.  

And always looking for new plants to buy.........got a couple on my radar already.  Astilbe Chocolate Shogun for one.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:41

Dampish morning but sun trying to push through.  However, it isn't summer right now and the forecast isn't great.  Warm but wet. 

Still, good walk with Spike and pretty dry.

that swimming pool?  Could be fun. 

got visitor in mo cadging a cuppa.  never brings donuts....wot's the point? 

 

 

dahlia's

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:35

Morning Dove

i divided my Star Child....as I did with Yellow Honka.  All looking good. These simple flowers cope better in the rain than their blousy large flowered cousins

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:32

Morning Bandita

that Fairy has stolen my words again....a.ways doing that 

you can easily divide your salvia ......wait for flowering to end and take a sharp knife to your salvia. because its your first time I would just cut it in half.  When you see your salvias growing next spring you will have the confidence to divide again.

if you like yellow look at coreopsis, euryops, rudbeckias, echinaceas, etc

consider pinks too......they have beautiful evergreen blue foliage with flowers from white to red, usually scented, and these go well with salvias. and they are cheap to get and easy to propagate. 

I also like red with salvias....Knautia Macedonica for example,,which will flower all summer. 

lychnis coronaria too is evergreen with tall white or red flowers

have fun in your garden Bandita 

 

dahlia's

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:13

Tricia, I think you are right.  I dont really feed dahlias too much.....my oldest has been in for 20 plus years and never been fed. It was, more or less,,just dumped there in the days when dahlias to me were just blousy things.  It is in poor soil.....actually I will post a picture soon. always reliable but.....whisper it....a bright pink.  

my thinking is a plant overfed offen produces foliage. fed less and it flowers better.

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:07

Chicky,,that is knip papya.  Dwarf. New to me this year but blooms well in gaps.  It sends up spikes to 60 cm...as in the picture.  We are now near late August so fits your criteria..? 

Ember Glow is a "dedicated" late bloomer I think.  

Not sure how hardy though Chicky....even here where it's mild.  

I have several varieties and like them all.

free draining soil,Chicky....as mine is...but I do two things. loosen roots;   they are vigorous,,thick and tough.  Then I incorporate generous amounts of compost, manure at planting time.

 

dahlia's

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:40

I've had dahlias in full flower for several weeks now . Many are in excess of 5' tall and as much across ....smothered in flower

most of my dahlias are left in the ground over winter.  Those I wish to divide are dug up and potted.  Down here and on light free drsining soil dahlias are better protected than those dug up and overwintered in gh

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:15

Strawberry blonde Beaus Mum .  

Summer is always too short but I think it's been pretty good.  Me too Beaus Mum, hate the shortenjng days and cooler temps.  

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:10

Bandita, does your salvia have a name tag?

you are likely to be able to take cuttings from it now......quite easy with salvias.  Then keep the cuttings over winter indoors or greenhouse and you will have more salvias as big as the one you have now for mext year. 

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:07

May be the constant spraying Peanuts.  Rosemary needs to be very dry.  

For me, yes, I would take it out.  

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