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Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 07:05

Morning Dove.  Mine are 6'.....well, a couple of stems are of a nice sky blue variety ...and looking beautiful 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 07:01

Hello forkers 

drizzley rain after a night of it.  a cursary imspection suggests everything is fine out there...delphiniums still standing 

taking dog in a few minutes and then a bit of business!

sad news about Charles Kennedy who died last night.

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 22:30

Well, we will all know tomorrow wont we what survives tonight's battering?

Yes,,plants grow tall down here because of a long growing season but understanding your plants helps us to support (figuratively) them.  No choice with delphiniums....they need one to one cane supports.....but  with many plants we can produce sturdier growth by pinching out, less fertiliser produces less lush foliage, growing plants where shelter can be given.....placing them with more sturdy plants for example...or simply growing dwarfer varieties.  

I currently have delphiniums, tall lupins, runner beans, foxgloves, stipa gigantea, tall salvias and some pretty tall lilies in the garden.  I'm expecting the foxgloves to be fine, the stipa too.  Lupins should be ok.  not all my delphiniums are staked from tip to toe but they are strong.  I'm hoping they all survive. ...I'm expecting most of them to. 

Pruning Holly

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 20:33

I would do the opposite and cut it back.  It will not become bushy as it is now, merely growing taller and leggier.  It will regrow from lower cuts.  I would feed, water and mulch too


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 18:56

Perki, there will be opposite opinions coming in about Aconitum but grow it.  You aren't going to eat it are you?  You don't eat rhubarb leaves do you or its roots?  

I love aconitums.....I have a dark blue and a lovely variety called Stainless steel.  They flower for a long time. nice foliage too

I grow lots of blues.....consider agastache black adder, verbena bonariensis, ceratostigma willmottianum is shrubby and not quite 5'....more like 3 to 4' ...and flowers from August to autumn.



Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 16:52

May be those beans Nut 

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 12:44

I have a lot of tall stuff but my only worry is about the delphiniums.  They are staked but they are looking wonderful right now.  50 mph winds and heavy rain wont do them much good 

Fine lawn seed or rye mix??

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 12:41

Just to add comtext.  I cut every 2 (ideally) or 3 days but because its well fed I get quite a lot of mowings.  Once a week would mean a lot of grass.

I always use fhe keeps any weeds to a minimum and, more importantly,,is a nice "clean" lawn to sit on.  Thirdly, it helps avoid a build up of thatch.  

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 12:35

Wind building now.  Dry though but think that will change before too long.  A rough night in prospect .  tomorrow heralds a march to pretty hot weather this week though.  

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 22:59

But....if you miss the six fifty weather forecast you will find those precious plants ruined for another year.  Delphiniums, for example, will flower again later but not in the same impressive way

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