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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:46

Hiya fairy.  Often when posting I have to,submit and then edit it to continue...domt know why.

Basically my soil is light sandy loam but some areare have rich deep soil's here that I grow a couple of acteas....viz., pink spike and Brunette.  They are hardy ....can you provide reasonable moisture for them?  I am going to grow couple more, viz., black negligee and James Compton.  Put a miscanthus variegatus ...whiteish foliage....near them too and you have a fabulous, perennial and easy display

Sorry if you aren't getting the sunshine may get it when we get the rain.  But, you  know,what they say about the righteous and the sunshine!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:12

It's been HOT today....still is. Just come in from replanting and new plantIng imcl echinaceas that were growing in 3 litre pots.  Full of flower.  the Chyenne varieties are looking good.

Fairy!  That space you have about putting a shed there?  Be perfect.....oops!  I'm running now.

For those of you not growing Acteas mine are looking wonderful right now. Fantastic black/purple foliage 5' tall with white and pink spikes of scented flowers.  Great architectural plants.....ideal for good soil with some moisture.  rudbeckia Goldsturn associates well with them.  As with most perennials this year  the Rudbekias have never looked better

Going to be hot again tomorrow folks


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:01

Hello tomsk

Your dahlia Looks like it is being attacked by earwigs...maybe snails....and they don't look too healthy. Is it growing in a pot or in the ground?  Do you feed it?  Is it in poor,soil? 

Your dahlia flowers should not normally drop that quickly.   I would do 3 things.......feed, spray and water.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 14:16

........and, as a bush on its own rootstock it's a lovely plant for partial shade.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 13:10

Lisa, agree with nut totally.  Get plenty of compost into that ground and thoroughly mix it in. Add organic fertiliser ....chicken pellets, fish blood and bone, etc......and scatter some Mycorrizal granules before plantIng. (could spell that few mins ago)

I would plant in autumn whilst the soil and conditions are still warm.  However I would make enquiries now about rootballed red robins.  They will be bigger and stronger than pot grown ones.  These would be available in late autumn or winter. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:58

You should be able to take cuttings from it.  Often these are sold on their own rootstock anyway as normal shrubs.  I will try some myself later but I am confident

(cuttings from the grafted/top of the plant. Any suckers will simply re-produce the rootstock)

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:06

Morning Babs

I bought mine as large,plants last year.  They flowered beautifully.  This year they flowered in spring and intermittently throughout summer.  I cut back 3 weeks ago and they are now flowering beautifully again.

Why keep them indoors Babs?  They won't like it. In my experience they do like some moisture and partial shade. Put them outside today.  Slugs etc dont seem to be a problem.  


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:00

They are  late flowerers.  You should see the flowers in September

Surfinia - cuttings or collect seeds?

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 11:59

Well, I would have said cuttings.  And do them now.  They will be big enough to hold over winter then.  Seed will,produce variable colours and sizes John, won't they?  But, as ??ou say give it a go.

I cut my surfinias hard back in mid summer..this re-energises them amd keeps them going until the autumn. This is when I take my cuttings


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 11:54

It is now very hot.  Some rain last night.  Perfect for those down here for the bank holiday.

Moved ...swapped...some plants in full flower.  Should be ok. Big rootball and plenty of watering in. I'm happy cos plants look better in their new homes and I know now how they will look next summer too.

Thought gardeners world prog was good again (watched recording yesterday) but would have liked a half hour devoted to the garden Carol visited.  

Stay cool folks

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