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Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:36
Morning FORKERS. Dove hope you are feeling better and Bev too.
Morning Matty. No pm? Have a feeling I may be getting you addicted to variegated plants!
Brum grew geum Borissi and mrs Bradshaw years back. My soil is on light side and they weren't the most impressive then. Tempted by a couple of newer varieties to plant in an area of better soil....but, Brum, I am tempted by so many plants these days. Can't remember it's name but there was a lovely orange variety at Chelsea last year that beguiled me.
Now Brum, no more shouting "hostas" to the skies just cos you are getting excited about the arrival of spring.

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:13
Figrat. Agree with Chelsea chop. Those two varieties are those I have now.

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:11
Fairygirl, for some reason I have never grown heleniums before but I have a feeling it's because some old varieties were invasive
Brum I have a variety of support methods.....individual canes for delphiniums and shaped, home made wire cloche supports.
However, the vast majority of my plants are self supporting and do not require staking. Dwarfer varieties and feeding to promote flowers rather than growth....viz., low organic slow release fertilisers..make for sturdier garden environment

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:58
One of the most famos moon gardeners is a Cornishman...John Harris....and he is convincing.
For me gardening according to weather conditions is far more relevant. I grow good crops and often excellent ones my way

Talkback: How to lift and divide herbaceous perennials

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:54
I divide cowslips now or after flwering. Just pull apart and back in the ground or, preferably for me, into pots.
Dahlia's often pull apart satisfactorily for me too but, as already said, each tuber must have a stem. I simply pot on into dry compost at moment gradually damping as growth emerges. Not too keen on cutting tubers unless I have to though. I like to wait until my tubers are quite large before I consider propagation

Plug Plants

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:45
If I recall correctly hollyhock roots are planted vertically with sharp ends down. Don't grow them now because of rust but was fond of them and this was how I grew them

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:35
Thanks folks.
I'm always adding new plants, trying new combinations etc, trying to improve on previous years.
Veronicastrums I'm happy about but heleniums just few misgivings but their colour is so unique that I want to try them

Plug Plants

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:16
Sounds good Andy.
I,would expect your hostas to grow quickly to make good show this summer but maybe bleeding heart will need growing on to flower next year

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:13
I am growing for,the first time veronicastrum and heleniums. Potted them up into 3 litre pots today for plantIng out in redesigned border Later. The veronicastrums are grown for their spikes in summer....grow tall grasses and other spikey subjects....and wonder what members think of them. Heleniums are a bit of a gamble ....slightly invasive I think and not too convinced about the wisdom of growing them. Do I kindly give them away, if invasive, or do I keep them?

allium purple sensation and irises taking over my small garden

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:01
My purple sensation are well behaved....too well behaved. I add to my stock every year.
Dead heading is the answer I think before they set seed
But purple sensation is something I look forward to every year

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What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

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Xmas jokes

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