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Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:07

Looks like I need to take advice from you then Sue 

i have a couple of pretty big ones but I cut them back every year to produce bushy plants as well as giving me cuttings for more plants 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:05

Have to worry sometimes or they wont grow and you will have wasted your money landlubber 

I don't  "worry" but I do care that anything I have will thrive 

Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:01

Sanjy, It won't want much water over winter....just don't let it dry out totally.

take your cuttings as early as poss to create a decent size plant to over winter.

Yes, the blues are best.  blue varieties of salvia are many....patens varieties,,cacalifolia, microphylla blue note, micro violin music, guanjuato, uliginosa,,guaranitica, Amistad although this is really purple and more.  plus the hardy ones 

Have them all...tee hee hee 


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:54

impressive sue 

it will get its colouring back outside...Swarzkopf? 

I have a few outside ...happy out there over winter.....but no sign of flowering .

Late vegetable bed

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:13

Lettuce can be grown in pots until ready to plant out.  Beetroot too and spring onions.  The short round rooted carrots too can be grown in pots for a while.  Onion sets in pots.  Parsley, chives, beans and peas

i agree with Green Magpie about roses growing there esp if it grows well...not fun if you catch your eye.  Having said that I do grow a rose in the corner of my veg patch but mine is bigger.  You mentioned roses in the plural Lou......not a lot of space? 

Also agree about the size of your raised bed.....2 would be better.  8' is too wide to access without walking on it 


Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:05

Prob the wet Busy 

Stupid, or what ?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:03

Often you can make an educated guess which varieties of penstemon is which.  White ones are easy...the leaves are much paler.  The purple and dark ones tend to have giveaway purple tones in stems and leaves.  Huskers Red of course is very easy to ID.

leaves are often different sizes with slightly different shapes and growth habit so close comparison witb parent plant can be effective.   I have successfully identified pink from     penstemon Sour Grapes so all is not lost.  (i like to grow penstemons in groups of 3 so quite important) 

Cottage Pinks

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:55

Morning Bonsai Marc, firstly pot them up and secondly get them outside. Then pinch back or cut back.  You can let them grow in pots whilst you are deciding where to put them 

i grow them for their foliage ....evergreen blue well as their flowers so they make an attractive feature all year round.  Maybe fronting a red acer??

they tend to look ragged when planted as a group or in a line.....i tried this once to provide lots of scented cut flowers.  Not one of my best ideas

don't see why they wouldn't fit in with cottage garden style though 


Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:47

Why do all the girls like Hot Lips Lyn?  

I think this plant is very much a male/female divide.........not one I like 

a delightful salvia is one called cacalifolia.     Always difficult to keep.  Short dumpy true blue flowere sign of mine this year but I think will be ok . (Hmmm! Think I will whizz out and take a look )

Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:40

Bought Love n Wishes from local nursery as a 3 litre plant and planted out in early autumn and now putting on new growth.  I took cuttings in autumn and  now have 4 more young plants.  Had I purchased plugs (available as 3) they would have cost me much more, would have been netted and would be smaller   Mangthan the size of my plants grown from cuttings.  Of course, they would not be supplied until April or late May

African Violets are now in demand again hence why they may be expensive.  However, many people down here have them growing in their gardens and will give some away . Many of my gems were bought from tiny back garden nurseries so shop around 

support any local nurseries as well as buy online.  Superb quality plants at a fraction of the price of the garden centres.  Plants I rarely see too

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