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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 00:07

Nature will always reclaim its own.  Whether its concrete, Tarmac, water, whatever, nature will colonise it in time.  Yes James and smokin......we are only temporary tenants here

On the Towans behind me....on the way to the beach....there used to live a caretaker and his wife. They made a garden in their cottage plot.  It's all neglected now, cottage fallen into disrepair and all overgrown with nature's  choices.....ivy, bramble, sycamore, etc......but the roses and apple trees are still there to remind us people did live there once.  No sentiment with nature is there?


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:57

Wait.......there will be more!

Mexican Orange Blossom

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:53

Momymum, is,your,shrivelling up choisya the yellow one, called sundance?  This doesn't really like it in too much direct sun.  Is it very dry there?  Do you water it?  

since you planted it in march it will easily move so that's an option for you.  Choisyas are happy in dry soils as lomg as they are watered well during their first season.  Can you tell us a little more about the situation your sickly choisya is in?

Yes, Joanne, you can cut choisyas back and remove damaged foliage.  Cut back to nice healthy buds or shoots.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:35

Hiya gilly

I cut off all foliage in the autumn.  Those leaves are not like palm leaves that stay dry.  Canna leaves will just become a rotting mess so clear them away.  Can you keep them dry somewhere.?  And keep hard frost  off?  if the tuber is too big to move Imto the greenhouse why not split it ...use spade....put them in cardboard boxes wrapped in newspaper or fleece amd just keep them dry.  I dont try to remove soil.  In early spring put them in as large a pot as possible usIng dry compost.  As it warms up start to water.  The earlier you can start them into growth the better.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 21:08


Hiya, well cannas survive very well down here over winter in the ground.  However, I usually dig some up to keep them small.  When I split the clumps in late autumn I simply cover,them with fleece and cover with a veg cloche.  Where you are though I would dig them up before any frosts and keep them in the greenhouse wrapped in fleece or newspaper.   My clumps are large.  In spring they go into 5 litre pots or back into the ground.  They need to be started early to get plenty of flowers by this time of the year.  Very few frosts here or very cold so cannas aren't checked by winter too much. 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 19:16

That's ok.  If you had good service stick with them.  We all have our own experiences to go by Shropshirelad

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 19:14

Evening everybody. Can't win em all.

Busy day one way or another but managed to squeeze in a nice lunch with my niece today. And got to use my new hedgetrimmer......with the telescopic handle.  Seems very good.  Would have liked to show off with it but no audience...drat!

Very humid here to day and more so now.  couple of cannas are now more than 8' tall..amazing how quickly they grow ESP over the past 10 days or so.  Intend to get some more varieties.  They,thrive in mild Cornish climate.



Posted: 14/08/2013 at 19:04

Lovely garden mrs Garden. You can't ditch the trampoline though. So much fun.!


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 16:03


Loads of pretty hardy grasses.....stipa Tennuissima looks wonderful all summer at about 40 cm high. And nice dark green evergreen foliage. Hackonochloa is a beauty......not evergreen but hardy. Beautiful yellow folkage marked with orange in summer.  Good in pots too. In your half shade this would be perfecf if there is reasonable moisture. Carex testacea is evergreen ...lovely olive colour.  Bowles golden grass is a stunner, everything about,this plant is yellow.....yellow swaying flowers in spring over bright yellow foliage and it loves shade.  Check out elymus magellanicus....this has truly eucalyptus blue foliage that,is evergreen.  The colour on this grass is as blue as any foliage can be.  Some red grassss include Imperata red baron....Japanese blood grass...which is stunning in my garden right now.  Other reds are uncinia unciniata  rubra. Carex buchanii, and comans bronze form.  There are loads of tall and very tall grassss that are,hardy ....check out the miscanthus family and Calamagrostis group.  And a stipa called gigantea that truly is eye catching from spring to autumn at a height of 7' plus on a delicate, translucent plant.  


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 08:22

Dove, you may be counting the days off but did you know,you have another year to,go? forgot the year count!!

Morning everyone.  Damp, cloudy and humid here. Got new hedgetrimmer yesterday and anxious to use my new toy but it's supposed to be fine later so I'll have fun then.

This has to be the best summer for many years ....what do you think?.....and plants seem to have enjoyed it.


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