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Talkback: Growing camellias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 09:26

Pippa, forget the picture on the label.  They are usually misleading.  Does your variety have a name?  Buy a named variety and you know exactly what colour you will get.  

So, no I don't think your camelia will suddenly change from its current colour as it ages.  Sorry. 


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:55

Too right Orchard Lady.  My bro is a tad arrogant and needs to know his place   Ha ha 

Fragrant shrub

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:52

Check out choisya .....womderful glossy evergreen bay like aromatic leaves and fantastic scented white flowers in spring and early summed.  Natural mound forming and easily kept in shape.  A yellow leaved a real eye catcher but shyer at flowering. 

For a sunny position I cant think of a better scented shrub

Black...good or yuck?

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:48

Hostafan, yes I do use that combination too.  Love Bowles golden grass ESP when flowering.  I have groups of them and the yellow flowers are a sheer delight.

Another combination I tried was ophiopogon in front of a white pink...mrs Simkins.  Both it's blue foliage and white flowers set off the black grass.  Actually it looked quite classy....will do it again I think


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:39

Hiya folks

My mum has made an amazing recovery it seems.  5 am yesterday at the hospital,her speech was slurred, no feeling in arm or leg etc yet now she seems well.  No signs of damage now.  Spoke with the docs today and they are suggesting a new medicine to help prevent future strokes.  

Everyone is impressed with her recovery and health comsidering she is 192 years old......well 92 (my little joke).  Although you folks have missed my super jokes on the forum lately I applied them over past 2 days at the hospital to all and  sundry.  Think they loved them all 

My younger brother decided to inform the hospital personnel that he is next of kin but I've established the correct hierarchy here.  He does nothing amd then appears out of the woodwork to suggest he is the main  man.  He isnt.....I am   (grievance aired)

Was going to remove a dead jasmine today but on closer inspection it looks alive.  Had a clematis Grandiflora as a replacement so will have to wait a while longer yet.  Ditto with a Carpenteria Californica.  Have removed all dead stuff and have hopes it will be fine now.  This is a lovely shrub in summer

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 14:29

So jealous Punkdoc. ,had meconopsis baileyii flowering for short while once but comditions and climate here just not suitable.

Salvia patens Cambridge has similar true blue though

Hosta Problem

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:08

Oh I see Orchid Lady.......plant inequality.  Some will enjoy the lush indoors and some will rough it outside    ( makes good sense.  I would be tempted to take the poorly hosta out of its pot and check the roots are ok.  If so I would pot in fresh, drier compost)

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:04

Agree wo tally with SFord.  I too live in far South west and grow aeoniums.

The leginess is part and  parcel of the plant.  Even outside it tends to grow that way.  I too take few inches and they root and grow away quickly.  This helps the main plant to branch a little.  In my experience, if you cut too far back the plant can suffer or die.

I think they do best kept in well drained compost in pots plunged in the ground and then lifted again for the winter.  Despite surviving very well most winters here they can suffer from cold and wet so wise to bring indoors then.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:53

Well, what a night!

My old mum...92 on Tuesday.....had a stroke and rushed into hospital.  Won't know til later but signs initially are good. ,will know more later.  She is usually a sprightly relatively fit lady but last night the frailties were obvious.  Puts things in perspective matters can wait

Hope everybody is well here 

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:51

Get rid of the muscari.  They are a weed...ok a beautiful weed....and take over very easily.  

Easier said than done I guess.  My garden was full of muscari.   I propagated them with zeal, loving that blue colour.  Then I realised my folly and remove every one I can.  

They will spoil your houseleeks Berkeley.  They will simply multiply and dominate. Can you clear one or two houseleeks?  Dig up and remove the bulbs as you see them?  How big an area are we talking about?  Perhaps start at the top and clear them there?  

You should be able to lift houseleeks and replant intact.

If you can't face it right now perhaps at summer's end?  The bulbs will still be visible 

Good luck 

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