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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:07

Chicky,,that is knip papya.  Dwarf. New to me this year but blooms well in gaps.  It sends up spikes to 60 in the picture.  We are now near late August so fits your criteria..? 

Ember Glow is a "dedicated" late bloomer I think.  

Not sure how hardy though Chicky....even here where it's mild.  

I have several varieties and like them all.

free draining soil, mine is...but I do two things. loosen roots;   they are vigorous,,thick and tough.  Then I incorporate generous amounts of compost, manure at planting time.



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:40

I've had dahlias in full flower for several weeks now . Many are in excess of 5' tall and as much across ....smothered in flower

most of my dahlias are left in the ground over winter.  Those I wish to divide are dug up and potted.  Down here and on light free drsining soil dahlias are better protected than those dug up and overwintered in gh


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:15

Strawberry blonde Beaus Mum .  

Summer is always too short but I think it's been pretty good.  Me too Beaus Mum, hate the shortenjng days and cooler temps.  

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:10

Bandita, does your salvia have a name tag?

you are likely to be able to take cuttings from it now......quite easy with salvias.  Then keep the cuttings over winter indoors or greenhouse and you will have more salvias as big as the one you have now for mext year. 

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:07

May be the constant spraying Peanuts.  Rosemary needs to be very dry.  

For me, yes, I would take it out.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 21:10

So you're looking like a runnee bean too now Runny!  

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 21:08

Hello Bandita

firstly, how big are your plants? if they look reasonably big then yes plant them out now

Was there a label on your plants to say what they were?


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 19:18

Cut lawns....looking lush now.  

Deadheaded dahlias....been flowering now for weeks.  I think it's been a great summer for dahlias.  large bushes and non stop far.

Divided recently acquired kniphofias ....gains an extra year's growth for good clumps next year.

picked loads of runner beans......I'm looking like one now.  And tomatoes, looking like one now.  And carrots, looking like one now.      Now you all know what I look like 


Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 19:08

bloomin heck!   Posted a long, long reply Chicky only to lose it

ah well!  precise of it.

ember glow is best I think for late summer flowering.

I am growing knips for the first time this year after a long held dislike of them.  I now have several varieties and been experimenting with them over the summer...viz., dividing and siting for best place to grow them.  I divided one today as it was coming into flower to see how it will behave

I have posted several pics over the summer Chicky of differenf knips if you can check back.  


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 16:53

I have to say I much prefer the taller more usual varieties.  Their " steely" structure has  more appeal for me. 

check out a variety called Jade Frost too Jan 

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