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A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:14

Hiya Sford.

My twynings after eight is white flower on black foliage.  Think of the choc....black and white!

Clueless, Single dahlias are simple flat open flowers...uncomplicated and better for bees, etc. as they are more "open" for pollination.  One of the best, for me, is Honka ( the original yellow one).  I grow doubles too but many of them get top heavy ESP in the rain.  Many doubles, for me, are too brash. Check out the catalogues for pics of single and double dahlias....the difference is then quite clear.  And remember some dahlias are tall others are short.  Great variations too in flower shape....Pom Pom, cactus, etc.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:00

I split hostas most years.  I pot up into 1 to 3 litre pots and leave outside.  I find them to be very quick growers.....of course, if you have a miniature variety the growth rate would be slow.

At this time of year a 1 litre pot size is absolutely fine.  Smaller to keep and will be itching to grow fast in the spring.   (will soon be as big as those you may have purchased in bigger pots). My method is to pot on in spring and even once more to produce large plants for the garden.

So, I would buy hostas as small plants now or as dormant ones in winter ....you can afford to buy few more varieties..and keep in pots until spring.  There are some excellent hosta suppliers online with fantastic new varieties.  That's the way I would.....and do....go greenlove

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:04

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that most perennials.....not shrubs because these are best planted in autumn......grow better and make bigger plants if kept in pots over winter.  Then you have large subjects to make an impact in the spring.  The exception would be perennials of good size and in good flower, viz., heleniums right now, which will prefer EARLY autumn or late summer plantIng and will make a good show now

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:12

Stacey, I have heard of these newer wild swan varieties.  I have considered buying them.  They prob will have same issues though.  We need to learn how to grow these plants before we actually buy them

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:07

Jimmy......you should have for ALL your money back.

I find crocus okish...don't buy much from them though, prob just a couple of plants over fhe years. Online suppliers like Woottens, Cotswold flowers, dove cottage, etc among a few others are excellent but so many new plants are being introduced too quickly.  Those new echinaceas are an example... They are hyped up for their brilliant flowers, etc., but most of them are weak plants.  Or, they need nurturing for a year to build up their root systems and then they will perform.  We aren't told either that "pathogens" often affect new plants making them unable to survive the dormant season.  We should be told of the downside too of these plants but, because we want thess things to grow and flower immediately we are denied this info.  I now research many new plants before purchase and grow accordingly

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 08:46

Good morning everyone.

Still clinging on to the sun but rain, rain and more rain later and in the forecast.

Will,remove large picea today or weekend.  I removed top late yesterday ....will cut off all remaining foliage to leave just 6' stem.  Then the fun n games......actually digging it up.  Always the same, viz., immovable at first then the first signs of rocking and then my mad attacks at roots and crowbarring.  Finally my yell of "got you, you......." as it yields to the pressure.  Then the satisfaction of seeing open ground for,plantIng.

 

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:47

No hardys didn't breed them but had the rights, I think, to sell them first.  I think it's simply been that so many people have complained and had refunds that they may have become uneconomic to supply

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:43

Best time for me to buy is now...except for hellebores.  But the best time to plant out is spring for me.  I prefer to use those planting gaps for winter interest (biennials perhaps) and to plant out my winter purchases after growing on in bigger pots.

perparing for next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:37

Autumn colours are fine but nothing beats  the summer. Autumn's colours are simply signs of decay...those "wonderful" reds, yellows, golds and oranges are just desperate last gasp and futile clutchings of life.  They announce despair.  Give me the freshness of spring...the hope of spring..that ushers in the summer.

(I don't like to accept the summer is coming to an end....so forgive me folks)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 22:18

Dove.....you understand.  It's not my greed.  It's  all about vitamins n minerals   And fidget's banana, sweet wine and syrup ....."attracting moths". ,  a likely story.  But I do drink lager to deter wood lice.

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