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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:56

Dahlias aren't really a regular hunting ground for me.  Sure there are some experts here.  However,  Why not check out one or two.  My favourites though are Honka, a simple single star shaped yellow, Twyings After Eight an almost black foliaged white single flowerer, Clair de lune another single creamy yellow, and the Bishop of Llandaff.  

I grow several in pots and in the ground.  For pots, for summer display, you dont need expensive ones.  I grow in pots prob 40 to 60 cm across and deep.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:31

Haisie, why not browse the catalogues online and select what varieties you want.  As chicky says, grow "just for you".   You can choose style, colour, double, single, tall or short to fit in with exactly what ??ou want.  I often do that and when the small tubers arrive in early spring I pot them up ASAP.   Repot few weeks later, feeding well then. And plant our in early summer as fairly large plants

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:26

Stacey, did you contact Burncoose nurseries?  They had quite a few there few days back.  Good plants. Go on, spoil yourself. They do mail order.  

Chicky, well, you still are a top gardener anyway and a top person......crawl, crawl!

Photinia Red Robin - when to plant out?

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:19

Yes Jessica,   It's totally hardy and the soil is still warm to enable quick establishment. Dig a decent hole with plenty of compost mixed in and a handful of organic fertiliser.  A mychorrhizal ....of hand  unsure I have spelt that correctly......powder at the base of the planting hole helps rapid establishment 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:13

Drat!  I thought I was the only one in the whole world able to grow wild swan.  Ha ha.  Well done Chicky....bigger than mine.  I bow down to your superior ability.  How lomg has yours been flowering?  Do you like it?  I think it's absolutely superb. I reckon mine has been in flower for past 5 months.


Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:00

Hiya Coys

If you can get your plants in at least 1 litre size then yes, plant them out now.  Or get smaller ones and pot up,to keep over winter in the greenhouse or sheltered spot.  They will grow like mad next spring then.  and cheaper.  30 to 40 cm apart.

I have a lavendar edge to my veg patch....lovely.  Planted a long and curving lavendar hedge for a friend last spring and it's looked wonderful this summer.  I took cuttings to,provide plants for another hedge opposite to make an avenue of lavendar next summer.  Nothing to beat the scent of lavendar or that hazy blue of a lavendar hedge, ESP if curving.  Magnificent Coys

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:49

Agree with Bob.  Exactly.

What's best to grow in terracotta pots

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:46

A Phormium called Dazzler would look good there.  Semi cascading, maroon red evergreen leaves. A carex called Comans Bronze ...evergreen, foxy brown leaves creating a fountain effect ....would provide low mainenance beauty all year round ( provide light free draining soil)

However, for a seasonal (summer) plantIng a dark red pelargonium or a begonia called bonfire would look great in that pot.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:26

Hiya matty

I know it's a bit of contentious issue .....wild swan apparently not growing well for some....but it's a lovely thing for a white border.  Something a little different there too is an echinacea called milkshake.  It's a double.....white frill, pale green boss and cream nose.  Strong growing.  Mine is about 3' high.  Unsure about its hardyness but think it will be fine.  It's a real "looker"

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:10

Boris, it's very amenable to pruning. You can "guide" your shape too by pruning to upward or downward facing buds.  For example, if it's as high as you want it to be around your wimdow cut it to,where you want it but to a downward bud. if you want it to grow a bit higher when past the window then prune to buds pointing upward.   Also remove branches growing out from the wall to maintain a lovely "flat" appearance.  Have fun with it.  In full berry it's a lovely sight.  

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