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Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:41

Hello Order in the Border

a few weeks back a (very competitive) gardener visited me and spoke openly about her dislike of yellow flowers then she tried to cadge pieces of various plants I had, as it happened many were yellow.  "Sorry", I said, " you don't like yellow, remember" . 

check out the yellows in heleniums...usually mixed with orange/red/brown.  Bet you change your mind.......

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:27

I really like choisya sundance.  It needs to be grown so that mid day sun and strong afternoon sun is dappled a little.  Then it is superb.  Grow a blue geranium under it or red heucheras...what's not to enjoy?

dont like the flower colour on most uoright rosemary bushes.......I sought out a bright blue flowered variety...Benedon Blue .... but mostly people seem to grow the washed out grey/blue sort

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:08

Think the question is really will carolime's white hydrangea change its basic colour as red can do on acid soil and blue on alkaline. my experience...white hudrangeas, if given right conditions of min dappled shade, good moisture retentive and healthy soil, should remain white.  Whether they remain pristine white is another matter.  agree with Marion that if we are talking summer flowers they should remain white .....if the variety is a true named white

I planted 2 white hydrangeas for someone few years back and they are wonderful, esp one in a very shaded cool corner.  

Of course,,whatever is in the soil, added to it etc. can spoil any bush 

Caroline, I am pretty sure your white hydrangea will remain white.....let us know next summer.  (I like to be proved right )

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 13:26

Simple answer christine...yes.  

white is unaffected by ph of soil 

storing plants in winter

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 12:32

Hee hee hee 


Posted: 10/09/2015 at 12:25

very warm .....delightful 

took last minute cuttings of gauras, salvias,,agastaches, and others.

just negotiated a hefty drop in my AA renewal.  Feeling "victorious" about that. Grabbing a cuppa to take outside and survey my "kingdom" 

Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 12:21

Daphne can be very fickle.  Odora AM is as tough as most.

agree with Hosta.....don't put it into the greenhouse. And pot on slightly.  I would be inclined to plant the POT into the soil.  It will help protect root system, stop it blowing around and generally keep even temperature. 

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 09:13

It looks like it will soon Jo.  

Have to comfess it currently sits in a largish pot waiting to be planted in a re arranged border.  It is a great foliage plant anyway

if I remember I will post a picture of it when it flowers 

terracotta pots

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 09:08

That water gel not for me victor. not  comvinced it works too well 

Problem Solving

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 09:05

Daisy, it's a big plant for a comtainer I think.  

If you are overwintering in a gh then I would cut it back.  I would do this soon unless its packed with flower.  it then has time to put on a little growth before the winter.  It's how I treat my (similar) salvia leucanthemum

can you plant it out in the garden?  


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