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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:57

Morning folks

sunshine here.  Beautiful day in prospect .....see what the weatherman says soon though !


have good weekend everyone 

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:36

Lyn, with Corries Gold I find it simply doesnt stop flowering.  Doesn't seed either 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:33


when you sense the real cold of winter has past in your area and regrowth is generally starting you can start to water lightly.  Increase this to coincide with active growth.  I would use a liquid feed if in pots...phostrogen is as good as any other

place outside when it's gotten warm out there.  Keep in warm gh otherwise with open door, etc., and acclimatise to the outside gradually. ...if you plant in the garden I would use a granular fertiliser.  If large as possible.....then continue liquid feed

for me here cannas sprout very early and I will plant outside in April or early May.  

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:16

Just to add though that mine overwinter very well down here so If good drainage is provided I think the root system is reasonably hardy.  

I mentiones Cories Gold earlier. it is the only variety I really want to grow.  Beautiful linear variegated foliage and  pure white flowers all summer. delicate looking foliage and delicate looking  flowers. Grown behind a dwarf purple Berberis,,for example, the effect is delightful 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:09

...and they really are worth it.  Those exotic majestic flowers rule the roost in late summer.  no staking either.  The coloured and variegated foliage varieties are superb

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:02

I grow lindhemeri Cories Gold ......same family

i regard it as needing good drainage and full sun.  

I would not grow it in heavy soil during winter or mound up compost around it. I would generally overwinter it in a gh in most areas.  I take cuttings in late summer and plant out in mid spring. perhaps you could cloche your plants if still in the garden

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Yes I love it Philippa.  Once you have it I suggest you divide it in late summer and you can overwinter a piece in gh if unsure of its hardyness

Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:02

If an area gets no sun at all that's full shade. There's dappled shade where a plant may be in a sunny spot but a taller neighbour shades it out by its movement.  Partial shade is where an area gets sun for part of the day,,prob less than half a day I guess. It varies too according to the time the area gets sun.....if it gets the sun at its hottest for a couple of hours a day some plants can still get damaged.  It may be that it receives sunshine in early mornings or evenings and many plants will enjoy that.

i try to plant according to each plant's ideal needs however plants are adaptable I find given compromised positions

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:51

Just bumping this up for Philippa

Geranium rozanne

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:49


yes, just wait awhile!  Rozanne is tough and vigorous.  One of mine grows in excess of 10' wide forming a natural dome of blue flowers all summer long.  You just need a little more patience 

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