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Hydrangea colour

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:57

Morning tottenhamwin

Your soil is probably alkaline.....try a PH test blue hydrangeas won't like it.  The rule is acid soil for blue hydrangea and alkaline soil for red or pink hydrangeas.  Also the variety you know it's name?  It may be a red or pink variety.

I suggest you test your soil.....if its acid then buy a good named blue variety. ??ou will have no need of any blueing agent then.  Always best to grow plants suitable for your soil and conditions


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:40

Good. Morning everybody

Cooler but still very warm.  Quite pleasant.

Fairygirl is quite correct.....for a change, ha ha......thunderstorms could damage tall plants not staked.  Dahlias spring to mind.....mine have been supported.  Although tall heleniums seem self supporting....first year I've grown them.  Thunderstorms rarely water ground or plants properly though so I will still water.

Might look into a nursery later on my for coreopsis when I cut back a large geranium but it needs to be of good size.  Have a tall echinacea, hot Papya, though that will go there too.....decided as I write, I will put the echinacea there.

Got my fav niece today.......19 and always looking for clothes so maybe I will have to forgo the plant purchase and buy a top or something for her.  Well, she NEEDS more clothes...she hasnt had anything new for, ...a week!

Have good day everyone

shady front garden

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 00:03

Well, I WOULD include ferns.    I have an ostrich fern in a sunny position that does very well. Some 4' plus tall and looks elegant.  A couple would look good. 

Helleborus orientalis least two....and, if there's enough moisture in the soil astrantias (get one white one at least) and astilbes ( get one of the newer classier varieties which are a little taller)  You have hydrangeas....I would have suggested these otherwise......but skimmias, sarcoccoca and daphne would be good there.  And consider one of the finest foliage amd classiest grasses you can have, viz, hackanochloa .

Bark chips would then finish a lovely "woodlandy" feel

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:20

Blackfly can by sucking sap fom them.  But they don't fly....they are black aphis that cling to stems etc of plants..usually at tips.  If you simply see black fles lying about leave them

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:54

Blackfly .....aphids....or black flies?   For blackly just hose them off, wash them off or rub them off.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:13

Swiss sue..   That was brilliant.  Still laughing.   


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:11

So, you would do that for me dove?  if I buy some Eremurus plants and give them to you, you will grow them in your garden for me.  I'm overwhelmed by your kindness.......( ha ha)


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:59

Hiya Matty.   I would always remove flower spike after flowering is over.  For two reasons.....neatness and to enable the root system to build up for the next year

I think I now know why my Eremurus doesn't flower.  Apparently it needs a cold winter to initiate those buds.  We don't get cold down here really.  It needs hot sunny site in summer too.   Not sure how I can arrange for a cold winter...........

Since you can grow them Matty, I would grow more of them.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 19:36

Swiss sue........not on any other forum.  According to some I'm Monty, momty,s dad, Monty's son, Jonathan creek and lately Sweeney Todd..........? Just who am I?


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 19:32

Go on show off Matty.

I have yet to get Eremurus to flower.  It has been neglected...only one plant....but it's supposed to thrive on neglect, isn't it?  It grew well in its first year but I've had it for 3 or 4 years without it doing anything.   Maybe I'll try with another plant.  So, well done Matty.  Better than me!

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