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Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:31

Chrissy, you related,to Bob and Joe?  

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:20

There are so many varieties of hydrangeas, salvias, hostas, camelias, grasses, echinaceas, potentillas, etc., etc., etc., but do you have a favourite? 

To start you off, for me, amongst the astrantias, it has to be Jumble Hole.  Unlike other astrantias in that it flowers much longer and is much 3'.  Amongst hardy geraniums it has to be Elke.  And of the grasses it has to be STIPA  Gigantea.  Amongst the hellebores double white Celtic Star .  Echinaceas?  Probably Tiki Torch........


Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:10

Horses for courses though Turnipfarmer..  I buy from many sources......,heleniums from specialists, hostas and salvias, grasses, too.  And compare prices for each supplier.....some excellent and uncommon plants available at reasonable cost, if you shop around.

A sad day

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:05

Onwards and upwards Gardeners Boy.  I'm sure you have made right decision 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:03

It's so warm here.  feels like summer.

finished dogwood pruning.....took cuttings. Potted on fast growing plants. peach trees in pots so must remember to cover when it rains. Need to pot on fig so need larger pot.  Planted out more grasses but still in quandary with some shrub planting.  

Can I mulch over snowdrop leaves?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:42

Hello Hopeful2, I would not mulch over your snowdrops just yet.  I would wait a could of weeks yet.  Those green leaves are helping build up your snowdrops for next year 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:39

Brightened up now.  Sun emerging.  Will cut last of the dogwoods and check condition of potted plants.....loads of echinaceas showing growth now so will watch out for little slugs under their pots. 

As said before. Some of the Hellebores not as good as previous years.....later for some reason.  And wallflowers usually are in full flower here by now.  Won't be long but they are later.  

advice please

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:33

Hedychiums grow well down here.....too well actually.  I've given mine away as they can be aggressive and bully any neighbouring plants.

used to divide them....sell them.....and they made vigorous growth.  Good looking in pots.  Exotic looking and many have great late summer scent.

Granma, I would start watering when shoots are seen and not allow them to become potbound but regularly pot on.  Feeding, watering and sunshine for me.  

your purchase sounds like it died down prematurely but if it's sound new growth should show naturally very soon.  Wouldn't "fiddle" with it right now. 


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:25

Got good sandy loam Charley....back garden.....but, as with everything, other factors come into play.  It may be the salt content down here.  Can't grow Daphne's too well either yet a neighbour grows them beautifully !!!  


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 08:46

morning folks 

mild but Wet.   every day now is showing more foliage.....bare soil fast filling in

hoping everyone has good,day 

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look wot she did to me........

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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