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Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:47

Mine is 4 to 5 feet tall from  a hard spring cut......back right to the ground.

Pretty hardy shrub. Mine had red flowers in spring.   Now it has all white flowers.  In summer it had red and white flowers, hence hot lips.

Daphne odora aureomarginata

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 15:26

No....not plant for that.  Not good to prone too much ....its  super prone to virusses. Best left to grow without too much attention.  Not generally long lived.  

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 09:10

I guess we are pretty lucky down here ......most things, usually, will overwinter outside down here.  Even last winter, when it was supposedly cold, it was fairly mild in the far west of Cornwall..  It's the wet though that does it for us ....and boy do we get the rain? .  Oh, and autumn colour!  We don't see too much of that down here either.  Think cold autumns are needed for that.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 09:03

Nice one fairy's daughter

What did the carrot say when asked a difficult question?   Nothing, he was "stumped" 

That was a purely spontaneous moment of brilliant humour that occurred over my cuppa. ,I'm still laughing at my amazing wit   It's the way I tell em

(not a joke but an can Open Reach be so-called?  They are an impossible company to reach, seem unable to liaise with anyone, and constantly fail meet their appointment dates.  They are frustratingly inefficient...after 9 months trying to get broadband connected for someone the work is still not completed .  Wonder if we should start naming and shaming!)


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 08:51

H,mm.  Don't like the sound of northerly winds.  Not ready for summer to end 

Its looking and feeling good,out there right now so I think the weather guys have got it wrong. Think heatwave .....relatively...will continue until December.  

Good morning folks.  

(this STiHL ad is so annoying.  It pops up across my messages to post.  Come on gardeners world tech guys get this sorted) 

All my "tender" plants have their cuttings/divisions etc all growing away now.  Maybe come the spring we can all compare what plants we might have to swap.?

Busy morn....lots ro sort....and foodbank later.  

Keep healthy everyone

(oh, would,like to know what plants you received from crocus punkdoc.  And woody, which alpines did you get ?  Will they go,in a special house ?)





Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 23:07

Dove.....well, you're obviously appreciated there   Think you may well be sorely missed when you retire

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:01

Think jo4eyes has it about right.....ESP about compost 

Does the variety matter?  Purple sage would grow in a decent size pot and a silver mound forming thyme like silver Posie would co trash another pot in front.

Salvia Tricolour is a beauty if you can get it to flower.  It usually flowers with lovely,pale blue flowers I it's second year on very nice pink, cream and grey foliage.  Prob best kept inside over winter in cold areas.  This with Silver  Posie would give you pale blue and pale pink flowers at the same time 

Where did it go to?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:53

I agree with Verdun too.  I think he is a smart fellow 


Sorry folks!


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:45

Oh, next to or near get a dicentra spectabilis Alba in there.  Beautiful stunning white flowers in mid spring.  Luverly.   ESP if you could associate pale cream primroses around the dicentra too.  Look good enough to eat 


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:41

Hey dave and waterbutts I was going to suggest those two 

White tulips, white daffs.  Silver grey pulmonarias with pale blue flowers or white flowers, Pulmonaria blue ensign with brilliant blue flowers.  Brunneras....some very nice varieties for the spring, check them out.  White Arabis would look good there too. Or, at the other end of colour wheel, how about epimediums with wonderful red /purple flowers with foliage tInged red?  Or geranium phaem if shady or geranium Orion if there is enough sunlight would provide brilliant blue flowers all summer long.

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