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Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:48


Its an easy, tough shrub.  Sunshine is best and free draining soil.

Cuttings are easy....taken now or during the summer...will root quickly and provide flowering plants for next year.    Cut back in spring.....I do it in autumn here.  

Its an odd produces white flowers, then red then red and white according to the season.  

Too late to prune Buddleja?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:37

I prune buddleias during the summer too.....let me explain.  

After the main flower spikes are over I cut back to new shoots.  These produce further flowers.  Do this throughout the summer for repeat flowers.  

Katie, yes if you prune now before flowering you will lose those flowers but removing fading flowers will help your bush more manageable

Now you know how vigorous it is just remember to prune as hard as you like...autumn or achieve a moderately tall flowering plant in future summers.  E.g. My buddleias are now 6' plus from a cut back in early spring to about 2'.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:27

Fairy, I am the Dike of Gloucester.  

Hey,,hey.   Cornwall won the rugby county championship.  Yippee.  

Well, I did a Verdun too......dug up and divIded a wonderful looking Tiarella.  Cut In half. It didnt even realise it was chopped.  Two large plants in now and they look excellent.  Lifted a lupin in flower and replanted. Ditto with a scabious, a fabulously scented white pink, divided a Heuchera and replanted, moved Bowles golden grass and expanded a jap blood grass planting.  Think it looks good.  Did it in a kind of frenzy as rain was imminent.  A light scattering of fertiliser and a good watering and the sun came out.  Showers passed over to leave a very warm humid afternoon. The border is now ready to,give its all this summer with no further meddling from!  I might just move a...........

(Lancashire scored more points than Cornwall but we's complicated this rose tinted assessment of sport)

Cuckoo Spit

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:47

It depends on what plant it's on......on rosemary I think it doesnt cause too much harm.  you can hose them off or simply slide the "spit" aside.  A little greeny insect will be seen.  Just squeeze it.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:43

Hiya Pottie,

Yes, it was the day I,usually go to foodbank too.

Cornwall,behind at moment but it's only the score.  We are ahead really.  NO.....CORNWALL HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD. OGGY, OGGY, OGGY.

It's very warm here....only occasional glimpses of sun but hot to work in. ,

I'm my own worst a border planted as I wanted but, impulse is workIng it's mischief.   I know I will swap some plantIng.....after the rugby.

last night's GW

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:56

Fidget, I did the same with seed of Bishop's Children.  Kept the best and divide tubers every year or so.  


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:52

Cornwall will win the county championship Twickenham.    Oggy oggy oggy 

The English just dont understand the superiority of the Cornish race 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:47

Show off fidget!  

Never grown courgettes.  Must try a few I think. 

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:44

I have a love hate relationship with alstromerias.  

I planted a few "special" hybrids with royal names.  They grew, flowered amazingly for ar least 4 months non stop.  Real eye catchers.  However, they suddenly go dormant in mid to late summer, depending on when they started to flower (from early May in my case).  This then leaves a large bare spot in the garden for several weeks.  They all invade though.

I dug up all my alstromerias but replanted my favourite, Queen Elizabeth (I think) in a location that can be seen when in full flower (5' tall or more) yet disguised when flowering is over.  Stipa gigamtea, heleniums, acteas, the Bishop of Llandaff dahlia and a yellow dogwood grow around it.   The gap is then not seen.  

The orange alstromeria is a thug as Bookertoo and hogweed have said.  Don't grow this one folks.  

My Queen Alstromeria is now opening a few flowers but I will restrict its expansion.  


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:29

Do you ever stop Marion?  Ha ha.  You have loads energy I think.


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