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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:43

Hiya Matt, got a few lobelias them at this time.

Must grow some monardas. Lovely variety there and associates well with your lobelia.  Does your monarda suffer from mildew?  This has been the only reason I have not grown them


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:35

Slugs  n snails I think Margaret.....although I've not noticed it too much on mine .  You don't have rabbits coming in do you?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:58

How about a golden holly on that bottom fence?  ....not on the fence but in front!  Golden King is evergreen, has lovely non thorny variegated leaves, red berries and a natural conical shape.  Easily controlled  by pruning.  Lovely looking tree/shrub all year round.  Buy root-balled in autumn.  Maybe plant 2?  Another attractive holly, albeit this is a bit thorny, is a silver variegated variety called Handsworth New Silver.  It has the same conical shape.  

Hollies are reliable, durable and tolerant of a wide range of situations


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:47

Chicky,,sorry missed your question earlier.  Yes, seed sown in early spring produced flowering plants by the summer.  You will have all dark foliage but variations of flower,colour from yellow to,orange to red.

Matty, fhe "children" seem to be just as tall as the Bishop" generally or bit shorter.  

Little-Ann, you know you can keep,your plants over winter inthe greenhouse?  They should have formed tubers by summers' end


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:36

Clueless,,gently lift each dahlia stem and tie up to a cane.  If you put 3 canes around your plant and with a length of string lift each dahlia stem and tie it in you can then see what you have that's intact.   Those stems broken will be discarded.  Those stems intact I would cut off the top most stems with flowers and buds.  Make sure the newly supported dahlia is securely firm to continue growing and flowering.  

I had a very tall yellow dahlia that was flattened by wind and rain when we had a thunderstorm 3 weeks ago. It is now looking wonderful....I did just as I suggest you do now.

Yes dahlias die back in winter.  They form tubers during the summer.  After the first frost has blackened the foliage lift your dahlia and take into the greenhouse.  Let it dry off, upside down, and wrap in newspaper or fleece until the spring.  It will grow away even bigger and better than this year


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:25

Hiya  fidget,  that's very nice of you but I now have plants growing away.  That's the beauty of the forum......everyone is so kind.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:54

Sorry fidget, I will eat anything and you were very generous with your animal and bird food...........


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:51

Sorry Michal, Addict is spot on.  You can't relevel wirhout removing the turf. It should lift easily enough and then you need to firm thoroughly.  Walking on your heels may be hard but it's the best way.  Soil needs to be dry and then you walk, rake, walk rake, etc. to get the surface as level and firm as possible.  You can do it and you will regret it,if you don't re-prepare your soil ASAP.

In my more naive days I made a lawn.  It looked perfect.  But I hadnt firmed it properly.  When the wet season arrived the lawn just sank in so many areas when walked on.  I learned my lesson then.  Preparation is everything


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:43

I'm not too hot on imaginative plant holders......I have reclaimed old chimney pots, washing machine drums (that I've made into "stone" containers) and reclaimed old kitchen sinks, again turned into stone troughs.  

However, old wheelbarrows, watering cans, shoes, etc are often used to present some impressive annual displays. 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:36

Hiya emma

Got the bishop flowering in the foreground With Acer flamingo seemingly on top of it from my kitchen view.  

Nice collection there little-ann.  

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