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SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:12

Brenda, what variety is yours?  Doesn't sound like Flaming to me

Pennisetum grass: why no seed heads?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:08

In my experience pennisetum needs some moisture.  (except the tender ones)

Possibly they dried out a little durIng this hot summer

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 15:59

Sara

I,would not put your hebes or peony back there....they need sun. 

Dry shade means hellebores would struggle there....you need to incorporate mushroom compost and plenty of it. Hydrangeas would not like it dry either.

Ferns.....funnily enough Monty has just used ferns for his dry shady area....would be first choice. The silver/red Japanese ferns too.

Sarcoccoca would go there. The yellow varieties of Heucheras would be happy there, appreciating the lack of sun.  I would also plant hackonochloa, acorus, Pulmonarias, brunneras, etc.  

Clematis nelly moser would like it there as would aucubas.  if you could ...again...incorporate generous compost arum Lilly would light up that area.  Skimmias ....get a couple for pollination.....and the shrubby winter honeysuckle would be happy there

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:18

Wonderfully hot today.  Taken a lot of cuttings.....penstemons, osteospermums, fuschias, argyranthemums, pelargoniums, convolvulous ( cneorum and maritima), echinaceas, and salvias.  In a couple of months I will be dividing plants.  Where do I put everything?

Im back

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:13

Hey......wot about me?  I'm tactful. I just think we need some stirring comments at times

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:10

I grow totally Tamgerine too.  They have been prolific.  Flowering all summer,,still are. Think they do best in humous rich soil, good moisture and partial shade.  Removing spent flower heads will encourage constant flowering.  I would not "pull out the stalks" though.  Why?  I think if you cut back as said earlier the stalks would not have gone brown. 

I wlll divide my plants in sprgng and replant in replenished soil with a handful of fish blood and bone and expect same long flowering next summer.

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 13:01

So, all sorted on the compost front then.  

Got some fantastic red dahlias this year.....well, same as last year but this summer the colour has intensified.  ("Red Dahlia" 's thread made me think of that)

What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:53

Look like sawfly/caterpillars to me. In one guise or another, they have been prolific this year.

A spray with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer or an organic soap spray will control them.  You could try squashing them but there are so many of them.  I know the argument against sprays so it's your choice.....lose your plants for this year or spray.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:02

Andy. Nice colour associations.  Want to copy those somewhere in my garden

Well. I'm always saying it this summer but it's a beautiful sunny morning.  No wind.  There is a cooler fresher feel although it was still 22 plus yesterday

The acteas have been so good this year with their brown/purple foliage but now Brunette is flowering with long thick spikes.  Black negligee's spikes just a fraction behind. 

Hostas dying back now with snails adding their bit to hasten their decline.  

Enjoy your day everyone

Im back

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 23:14

Smokin, that's very sad about Emma

I think we are all trying to say ??ou write some challenging articles.....I actually enjoy them ( be a great pity if you stop.) but maybe you come across a little strong.  I say this cos I am guilty of this myself, not just on the forum but in my daily life too.  

Smokin, this is a friendly forum and most posts are made with good intentions.  I give "advice" simply based on my own experience hoping if helps others here.  Your posts are unique and thought provoking so keep "smokin" smokin.

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