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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 19:36

Imperata red baron a thug?  I love it.  Classy and right now 2' of crimson beauty. In my light soil in front garden it struggled but in the richer soil of the back garden it thrives.  Maybe corny but I have a clump of osteospermum voltage yellow next to it and together they evoke lots of good comments.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 19:29

Mrs Garden

Ive checked out online nursery I used to buy small grasses from and they're expensive too.  I'll continue checking out (economical) suppliers.

If you cant locate miscanthus variegatus at reasonable price I will send you a piece of mime when I divide it in October or November.  It wont be very big and it will be cut back but if you pot it up on receipt it will make small grass next year and a full size one  year after.

Another glorious day here

I think Dove might have overlooked the count down to her retirement.  She has the days correct but there is another year to go as well!   Oh dear!

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:12

Brenda, what variety is yours?  Doesn't sound like Flaming to me

Pennisetum grass: why no seed heads?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:08

In my experience pennisetum needs some moisture.  (except the tender ones)

Possibly they dried out a little durIng this hot summer

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 15:59

Sara

I,would not put your hebes or peony back there....they need sun. 

Dry shade means hellebores would struggle there....you need to incorporate mushroom compost and plenty of it. Hydrangeas would not like it dry either.

Ferns.....funnily enough Monty has just used ferns for his dry shady area....would be first choice. The silver/red Japanese ferns too.

Sarcoccoca would go there. The yellow varieties of Heucheras would be happy there, appreciating the lack of sun.  I would also plant hackonochloa, acorus, Pulmonarias, brunneras, etc.  

Clematis nelly moser would like it there as would aucubas.  if you could ...again...incorporate generous compost arum Lilly would light up that area.  Skimmias ....get a couple for pollination.....and the shrubby winter honeysuckle would be happy there

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:18

Wonderfully hot today.  Taken a lot of cuttings.....penstemons, osteospermums, fuschias, argyranthemums, pelargoniums, convolvulous ( cneorum and maritima), echinaceas, and salvias.  In a couple of months I will be dividing plants.  Where do I put everything?

Im back

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:13

Hey......wot about me?  I'm tactful. I just think we need some stirring comments at times

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:10

I grow totally Tamgerine too.  They have been prolific.  Flowering all summer,,still are. Think they do best in humous rich soil, good moisture and partial shade.  Removing spent flower heads will encourage constant flowering.  I would not "pull out the stalks" though.  Why?  I think if you cut back as said earlier the stalks would not have gone brown. 

I wlll divide my plants in sprgng and replant in replenished soil with a handful of fish blood and bone and expect same long flowering next summer.

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:01

So, all sorted on the compost front then.  

Got some fantastic red dahlias this year.....well, same as last year but this summer the colour has intensified.  ("Red Dahlia" 's thread made me think of that)

What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:53

Look like sawfly/caterpillars to me. In one guise or another, they have been prolific this year.

A spray with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer or an organic soap spray will control them.  You could try squashing them but there are so many of them.  I know the argument against sprays so it's your choice.....lose your plants for this year or spray.

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