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Posted: 01/09/2015 at 21:00

I guess nobody has experience of these then ! 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:59

Pete.....yes, poor soil and prolonged flowering go hand in hand for agastaches

cuttings taken in mid summer have already formed plants that will flower next year


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:52

I do, I do,I do......


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:07

Anyone growing Watsonias?

my local nursery has a couple of stunners and I am soooooooo tempted. glorious peachy orange and sumptuous white.  

can provide the hot poor conditions in summer and the mild winters but yet to see them growing anywhere. 

Opinions would be appreciated

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:00

Its ok if you're " retro" Fairy.......retro or not you are a pretty good gardener me thinks........can you lend me a fiver now! 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:55


I grow black adder as well as several more tender varieties.  Black Adder has over wimtered for past 2 years...third this winter.

I do it differently here mulch like that Northern Lass.  Very mild here and free draining sandy loam but I would never apply any horse manure.  it shows we can do things differently and still succeed.  

for me, agastaches are planted in tne poorest, driest parts of the garden and kept free of heavy organic matter.  The key is keeping them dry over winter I think. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:07

Picked up my bargain lavendars...looking excellent.  I will plant half tomorrow and the rest over the weekend.  The aim is to have a curving 50' plus edge to path.  

Tempted by a Watsonia at the nursery....beautiful orange variety.  I have good spot for it but when do we stop spending on plants? 

Dropped off a few bags of runner beans and tomatoes to the foodbank. Haven't helped out there for a while...been hectic few months......but think it's time now to go again.  (bit deflating...the foodbank has managed without me!!!  But how? )

still gloriously sunny and hot....what a delightful few days we have had 


I'm really going to do it this year!

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:58

Of course B3.  Have fun 

Salvia cuttings

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:43

Rachel, all,the salvias are easy and worth taking now.

in your case, the windowsill is fine.  Esp if double glazed.  The cuttings will remain small over winter.  Dont over water or keep too warm.  

As JIMMY said the variety is important as to hardiness.....I grow both hardy and tender varieties but all cuttings will be " tender" over winter.

I'm really going to do it this year!

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:39

A lot to be said for a clean slate B3.  Just make sure you don't throw out something you really want.  I find,,when making a new border, that a big plant gives it stature and weight.  Usually I will transplant a big plant from elsewhere in the garden.  A new planting is usually flat and bitty without something of size. 

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