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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:55

Like your roscoea Fidget.  That's nice 

I guess a word about Acer Flamingo as a star in the garden is warranted.  Right now, at a distance, it looks like a large bush of pink flowers.  It will be eye catching all summer as it grows a lot more yet.  Has to be the most colourful foliage plant.  A purple canna growing next to it adds contrast 

Sad day, got brighter

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:52

Morning Mike

Glad the day got brighter for you.

Ive only experienced what you're going through via a young sister.......a huge, lomg roller coaster ride of emotions.  

Have happy day today Mike 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:47

Torrential rain.  Everything washed away.  So much for sunny dry weather.....ah well!

Ha ha, no.  Had some rain overnight but it's sunny right now but feeling less humid 

My new hosta is standing outside kitchen window looking wonderful. Touch wood, all hostas. (except for one in front garden partly overgrown by a geranium but even this one is mainly ok) are looking good and undamaged by slugs or snails.  

Spoke too soon....just put clothes on the line and it's raining   And it's pretty heavy....teach me to joke about the weather.  However, rain is needed so I'm happy with that 

Taking my mum to day care centre later.......I always get a free cuppa and choccie biscuit. 

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:52

Yes achilleas will enjoy that Kez 

Blue Geraniums - no flowers

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:51

Geraniums suddenly are in full bloom.  One day nothing, the next in flower.  However, they are usually very reliable....so in their own time they will flower pink fearn.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:48

The stars of my garden right now are the lupins, anemome wild swans and the hostas.   

Bamboo

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:55

Japanese knotweed will devalue your property.  Bamboo is different.

However I would get rid of it........totally.  Clear roots, you,will see them quite easily. 

Whether bamboo is imvasive or not there is a massive difference of opinion about them.  I have tried a few varieties over the years and all were invasive.  I understood their habit before buying amd simply inspected them after the first summer or following summer.  The roots certainly did travel........so out they came.

If in doubt about bamboo then simply dont grow them.  I have seen gardens over run with them and gardens with them apparently well behaved (you don't see what's going on below ground)

About the grasses, many do seed.  Can be a nuisance and for that reason are not commonly grown.

I would not plant fatsia In sunny spot.  They look best in shade.  How about buddleas?    Hibiscus?  

Wemdy, dont  let your neighbour bully you.  It sounds like she is 

 

Potentilla Flowers Shrivelled

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:41

Hortum.cretae. 

Will check this one out.  Grew a variety called princess and one called royal flush

(I think) pink and red with cream reverse respectively.  Not great "doers" for me.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:37

hiya Dove.....actually a little rain at mo. ....ha ha 

Gold Standard is impressive.  Apparently it gets more gold as summer prpgresses but I won't let it flower.  This way it should....in theory.....maintain quality of foliage until September. If you're on the scrounge again Dove, I'll send you piece in the autumn 

Stocks

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 19:55

Are they 10 week stocks, etc. or for later flowering.  A friend does a few for me.....growing away from a sowing a few weeks back.  I will plant them in my veg patch to grow as large specimens and thence in late autumn to spots in ornamental garden just as I do with wallflowers.  

I am far from an expert in annuals though rosemummy so I'm sure there are folks more familiar with them than I am.  

Check the packet for a description 

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