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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:41

Hiya Cherry.

cannas need a long and early season.  I grow a few varieties flowering majestically over 7' tall from July until November

start cannas early in gh .....feed and water well as soon as possible in early spring.  The bigger the tubers/roots the more energy the plant has.  I overwinter some indoors in largish pots and have some very large ones in the garden (early mild springs here)

Keep cannas dry and. Frost free right now 

i wonder if you planted them outside a little too early thereby checking their growth 

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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:34

FANTASTIC news Matty.  Well pleased for you

home rang me to say they think my mum is in pain.  I thought so too.    Because she drinks very little pain management is difficult.  The doctor told the Home that he will visit next week to "review the situation."  However, with (controlled) anger I contacted doctor who visited my mum right away and prescribed a pain patch ...which is exactly what was asked for.

why does it need aggressive behaviour to motivate people to do their jobs?  Not everyone has the "sod them all" character to challenge these people so what happens then?

Are you brave enough?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:26

Well I am a tad impetuous.  Once I decide something I do it ...make a start before I change my mind 

going to make an even bigger border into the lawn in next week or so to accommodate another purple shrub.  Just deciding about the perennials to transplant with it.  Regardless of the weather I will suddenly "just do it" .  Usually I'm pleased with the results.


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:18

I grow it...know it as named slightly differently......and deny it flowering.  Far better as a foliage shrub...for me it is evergreen so a delightful feature all year round.  Fantastic next to anemone wild swan 

The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:51

My best lilies grow in the front garden where soil is poorer.  Lilies grow to 5' plus and truly permanent.  In the back garden they are less tall and this is where I will lose some of them.  Regal Lily, for example. favourite.......declines in the richer soils but thrives elsewhere.

Love the rich green and shape of Lily foliage too.

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:16

Morning Philippa

yes I grow Elymus Magellanicus 

ok,  as I keep saying, it's mild here but for me it's evergreen.

the name has changed but it's still generally identified  by this name

i grow it next to heuchera plum pudding, near Berbersis atro nana, etc. but lovely on its own in its own right.  For me it responds to good soil and occasional extra watering in summer.  I divide Magellanicus every couple of years 

as you say its "beefier" than Festuca etc but bluer and better than helictotrichon far the most blue of any grass.

there is supposedly a giant form available but I politely argue with a local,nursery woman who sells it thus.  Hers is no bigger than mine......good soil and conditions will make for a bigger plant

I,would post a picture but ...although it looks good right will look far, far better in a few weeks so post picture then

hope this helps Philippa

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:46

Repeating myself here but this is a great thread.  It's good for,people to express themselves on a platform like this because we all can identify, sympathise or empathise.   We can support and advise or simply wish good luck.

Joyce, we all feel guilt at times.  Currently when I see my old mum going through her final days I feel guilt for times when I could maybe have appreciated her more.  But we have our own lives to live and cannot always do the right things all the time.  

Mexican feather grass

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:34

Or a ribbon of imperata Red Baron .....part of my own planting scheme.  A summer long maintenance free combo.

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:28

Cowslip, I Think most of us here arent bearing grudges.  It seems to me you are apologising and for me that's respect to you. ,

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:48

Lyn what a traumatic time you are having.  Yes I am sure you will cope with whatever by day as things develop.  Just try not to anticipate what may or may not happen....worry is usually the worst part of life 

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