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Replacement Plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 21:06

A taxus variety would do well there.....Standishii is my favourite.  It has olive yellow winter foliage becoming more yellow in spring.  Drought tolerant, disease resistant,,fairly slow growing and easy.  

Pittosporum too would do well there..nice foliage colours and scented winter /spring flowers. 

Berneris Helmond Pillar, not evergreen but erect, tight purple foliage from early spring to autumn. 

For summer Verbena bomariensis lollipop or a tall agastache or tall salvia like a guaranitica variety would look good too. 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:55

You need to evaluate your plants.....basically many late flowering perennials benefit from being cut back......sedums and heleniums are good examples.  But timing is important....too late and growth will be poor. Done early June and strong sturdy, albeit later flowers, will result.   However, asters like frikartii Monch, rudbekias, anemones, dahlias and phlox then, no.  Plants like argyranthemums, dianthus, campanulas, violas, etc., benefit from late "Chelsea  chop" being sheared back right now to re energise flowering from early/mid August through to autumn.  

Have fun though .....it may seem a shame to hack floriferous cosmos back but lightly sheared of all buds will quickly produce masses of buds quickly.  

Astilbe

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:35

Shame MrsT 12, 

You may have had a repeat flowering astilbe and made a small fortune there 

Yes, astilbes are one off flowering 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:32

Nice pics folks 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:31

Newspaper instead  of toilet rolls?  Well, I have  a nice smooth bottom and I believe  it's down to using newspaper squares when I was a boy ...........

Shall I get my coat?  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:32

Morning folks.  First today.......well, near enough

Cooler but bright so far 

Sure the cannas have grown 6" overnight 

Late last night sent in my electricity meter readings.......put night and day figures in wrong way round though in my haste.  Seems to have thrown British gas system out.  Will have to ring now......more haste less speed 

 

Astilbe

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:01

MrsT,  I think you merely cut back the flowered stems yet there were others about to flower.  This isnt a "second flush" as such.  This is quite common on a lot of plants when cut back.  A second flush doesn't happen that quickly 

Alstromeria

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:52

Slugs amd snails are partial to alstromerias here.  Pretty sure that's your cause Tanty

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:23

Instead of a hug Orchid can I have the money instead? 

New lawn

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 12:56

Not cut it for,6 weeks?  New to me.  

If grass is growing well, it's not wet and your blades are set high a light mowing should be fine.  It's what  would do.  Regular light mowing is good

Discussions started by Verdun

Dilemma

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Last Post: 25/08/2015 at 20:35

Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:32

What will simply not thrive for you....

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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 16:11

look wot she did to me........

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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 22:55

Echi what?

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Last Post: 11/08/2015 at 19:09

Such a shame......

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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 09:37

Even you hard hearts......

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Last Post: 06/08/2015 at 08:08

Ok...its nasty

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Last Post: 29/07/2015 at 07:34

Doomed I tell you.......

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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 11:10

Is this an arrogance?

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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 10:09

Invasion....no likee

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