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Planting camellias in November

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:11

Not keen on pebbles....bark chips are good.  Look the part too.

no need for rootgrow for camelias methinks 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:44

Fair point Posy.  

Guess I'm a little spoiled here....good soil and climate where most things grow pretty well including those invaders.  

Planting camellias in November

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:34

Yes plant now gregorhanslik.

remember to plant out of early morning sun too to avoid flowers being damaged by quick thawing.  

And water in well 


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:56

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:55

A1154 resist the temptation to get jap anemones. their desire to be invasive far outweighs their prettyness.....go for anemone Wild Swan.  Far better.  I have 3 and they flower from spring to autumn and far more attractive....nice blue bands on the reverse of flowers.

Winter, I have come to value astilbes more and more.  Spring foliage colour is superb. Summer flowers and ferny foliage right through to autumn.  If given plenty of moisture and/or planted in rich soil they are superb.  Keyword..."dustbowl" though is a good enough reason to discard.  Have a new almost black foliage astilbe still looking womderful with bowles golden grass.   Hope your nandina copes with your dry conditions though 


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:46

Nice to see you back Edd.   The forum has been full of cakes, babies, and lots of trivia as the ladies have taken over.   Be good to have sensible grown up discussion and jokes again 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:01

Golden rod is a bit of a nuisance Yvie.  

Similar stature and habit how about salvia Amistad instead of your lavatera? 

salix looking poorly

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 17:57

Vickie, it does behave like that at this time of year.  next spring mulch and feed your plant.  Keep it well watered during the needs a good moisture level 

Top 3 plants

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 13:03

Cream delight is a fav of mine too Fairy.  Phormiums generally look awful because their owners don't know how to treat them.  I grow Yellow Wave, Sundowner, Dazzler, Tricolour, and a couple of others....(names forgotten for mo including a newish mostly white leaved phormium) 

Annually I remove oldest leaves amd this keeps the young colourful appearance.  And every 3 years I divide them.  Often phormiums are allowed to grow large with drab old foliage that look downright ugly.  Then desperate owners decide to remove them.  

Ha ha....sneaked in a few more plants 

Top 3 plants

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:31

Punkdoc, I always break the rules

flowerlover, i cut this one very hard leaving hardly a discernible leaf.  Then clean the area.  This prevents caterpillars having a nibble and creates fresh foliage in a very short time

have to say though that I decide on a plant by plant basis....for example, one Rozanne is not cut back and it makes an attractive wide (10') mound of flowers all summer. this one though makes few flowers in autumn so a choice to make.  

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