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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 07:22

Beautiful morning here.   Sunshine reflecting on the shiny damp overnight foliage......misty rsther than rain I think.

Enjoy the day FORKERS 

Hostas

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 00:11

Perfectly grown Hostafan.  Formal attire and first Frost are now on my shopping list. 

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 00:06

Must check them out obelixx.  Sound good 

What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 00:01

Oooooo, donuts lily.  You're my favourite 

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 23:57

Interestimg replies.  Like David's garden though.

My own soon...with the heleniums, dahlias, agastaches, lupins, delphiniums, acteas, etc etc...... do cross swords a little and I like that but there is still a neatness control .

MrsGarden, I too have that impulse to have everything but if the "perfect" spot is not immediately found those impulsive buys are potted and I wait.  It helps that I don't use many,,if any, annuals though.  Most times the space occurs.  Oh, the height thing......try some taller stuff.  It doesnt necessarily mean more space is needed and tall spires are magic in the garden.  

Have to confess though...neat lawn, oh yes!  Has to be lush, green, striped and mown twice a week.  

Rhododendrums

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:01

A bed of camellias and dwarf rhodos and azaleas is a joy to see.  If you have acid soil....and I don't........a mix of these and kalmias is a must.  Don't recommend planting those huge Rhodos ...of course.....but the dwarf varieties that I grow in pots are wonderful.  I have planted a bed of such plants for a friend....nothing to touch it in the spring

Camellias

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:55

We disagree Mike. Pruning makes a camelia more productive and floriferous.  No, it. Is not essential but is beneficial.

Hey...hope you are recovering well Mike 

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:51

I grow plants to be fully appreciated for what they are.  Not with any intention to be "neat".  A nice mounded hebe is spoiled by a thug next door to it for example.  A beautiful conifer overwhelmed by a vigorous dahlia then has no distinct form.  A hosta grown over by an energetic rambling geranium is spoiled.

Some plants look good "mixing it up"........a blue geranium running into a group of rudbekias.......but "neatness" enables  the protected plants to look good in the winter time.

I guess I am a "neat" gardener.  I like to see an echinacea, for example, showing off its flowers......and foliage.....without  another plant merging with it.  Associations can still be arranged....and look better......if space is allowed between them for each to display its own individual beauty.

So, is neatness a swear word for you folks?  If you like your plants tumbling into one another to form a tapestry of colour then I guess you will say "yes....neatness is not proper gardening.  It's not as nature intended"

So, who are the neat gardeners?  Why? And why not? 

Camellias

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:24

Yes prune now ASAP.   I do mine immediately after flowering.  

You can shape them too......a nice rounded or conical form so they look good out of flower too

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:17

I also use it on lilies....often here they get a little yellow.  A spray with Epsom salts and another a week or so later corrects this.  Same applies to lupins that can become a little chlorotic.  Epsom salts, again twice, restores healthy green.  

Seaweed spray and Epsom salts are both excellent tonics for many slightly ailing plants.  

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