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Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:51

Have to agree about euphorbia fIreglow.....

ArtemisIas like limelight. Houttynia chameleon, lysimachia firecracker, a "lovely purple clover, a gem I desperately wanted in my early days but now can't totally get rid of, hedychiums that take over within onsalvias are others to beware of.  Some salvias too, unless dug up and split almost yearly, can be bit invasive....guaranitica for example can spread quickly.  some grasses can run too.

I always check out plants new to me....if I know how they grow, how  to control them and still want them in my garden I will find ways of growing them


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:40

Hello Matty.  Be interested to hear your ideas for your planting....inspired by your day out.  Always lookIng for,inspiration myself 

Perennial wallflower

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:37

Your "large verbums are now suffering".  ....sorry to near that gardeningfantic. Hope not,too painful though!

I have grown variegated perennial wallflowers.....they had lovely "clean" , crisp almost white and cream foliage with bluish flowers.  Next to purple dwarf berberis, purple Heucheras or geranium black beauty (almost purple foliage) they looked wonderful.   However they were tender and slow growing ..I have some cuttings on the go now.....and last for one season as a pristine plant.  

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:28

I grow a few varieties of day lily.  Hyperion is an old scented yellow that I do like but generally they are clumsy looking plants and lack class.  (stir, stir stir)    I have some other lovely flower colours but,  simply to acquire them, may purchase a couple of double varieties.  For me they get huge within 2 or 3 years and would not plant these in 3s.  I tend to tuck them away a little so the flowers can be enjoyed but the foliage obscured. Unless dead headed almost daily they also look tired and, there are better plants..............discuss!


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:13

It's ok Waterbutts.  I totally respect your views. We need to hear and listen to everybody's point of view on things and then weigh up what we want to do. I'm aware of looking after the environment but also love my garden plants.....want them to be the very best they can be so sometimes we have to compromise.  If we allow wildlife to destroy our precious plants we have nothing left to enjoy in our gardens and we will lthe interest in them.

I never take offence on the forum when posters disagree with me either. I know I'm always right............not!

Perennial wallflower

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:26

Hiya jackieW.  Nice plant but ready to propagate now

Take cuttings from the stems.........look for shoots about 2 or 3 inches long low down, ideally with no flower buds on and try to gently pull downwards.  Then trim off the jagged heel with sharp knife, remove a couple of the larger leaves and put in 9 cm pot around the edge ( of the pot).  I use a mixture of compost and perlite ....try to do 50 /50 mix but I'm always in such a hurry when I do it......and push the cuttings in as far as maybe half way.  Water well, label, put polythene bag over the top and place outside in shade somewhere for 2 or 3 weeks.  When rooted remove polythene bag

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 00:45

Night fidget. I'll put the lights out


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 00:29

I sympathise want a nice garden....and you have a right to that.  I don't generally use chemicals because I tend to believe nature will create a balance for me in the long run.  However, sometimes we have to control certain pests....ants, woodlice (from entering our home) and caterpillars.  We are urged to pick off cabbage white to protect our cabbages, etc., and we keep birds off our emerging fruits.  We kill slugs and snails

You can't physically spray everything for caterpillars so maybe you could spray certain plants you really value.  Perhaps next year the field will be mown and the situation thus resolved.  Maybe you could rethink some of your planting....maybe grow a few ornamental grasses.  I think plants like veronicastrum dont get eaten by caterpillars or slugs.  Astrantias and astilbes too may be  resistant.  Could you cut back on fertilisers a little to create less lush growth on your plants?  Lush, leafy well fed Plants often attract pests I think

It has been the year of the caterpillar it seems although for me it's been my hardy geraniums that have been attacked and I have never known this before.  

you want your garden back and do not want a collection of butterflies.  I wish you well susan

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:39

BusyL,  a named variety then?  Or is it seed strain?  Do you like it?  Picture?  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:36


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