Verdun


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Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:07

Morning Tom.  I have a couple of wild swans.  Different clones too produce different quality.

one plant is much larger than the other and been flowering since May.  Cut back now to produce a flush that will comtinue for several weeks.  The other plant has flowered well but also just cut back

neither plant has phytophthora both being healthy but I have heard many plants are infected.

my plants are prob 3 years old.  For me mulching and feeding, good soil and,,ideally, shade created by slightly taller plants are important.  

Wallflowers

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:57

My wallflowers were 3 or 4' tall bushy specimens.....3 such plants of one colour look terrific.  A row of one colour makes a wonderful hedge during this time too.  Impossible with late sown wallflowers.

sow them as early as possible in spring for a long growing season to produce large impressive plants .

sow late...or now..for small plants.  Or for a rainbow effect by planting them out in large numbers  

 Wallflowers sown now will germinate just fine but will have just August to really grow to anything.......??

 But, why not sow earlier folks for far better impact plants from late winter to late spring.

 

Roses

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:34

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Roses

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:03

Teresa, roses really are over rated for me.  I grow one simply out of sentiment

roses usually when I see them are ugly spiny shapeless "things" over winter.  They produce occasional flowers in summer but more prolific with their diseases and pests.

they need good soil, regular spraying and constant care.  They tear clothing and skin and cause endless cursing 

when grown well roses are lovely. I visited a garden wifh a rose bed in it and it was excellent.  Must have had 30 roses there.  Scent and colour was brilliant.  But no structure and the pruning must be hazardous when squeazing among them.  And when the colour goes?  And when the leaves go?  

My one and only rose has associated plants growing with it. 

so.....grow better things.  Grow variety ..perennials, shrubs and grasses...for something beautiful and easier all year round.

rip them out Teresa

 

Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 08:01

Chris, I suspect dry soil.  Dry soil is public enemy number one for astrantias.  

astramtias are hardy perennials and should improve year on year.

check carefully for any signs of life. If so water really well.

leather jackets - artificial grass!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 07:58

Morning primrose....I think jeyes will do both 

leather jackets - artificial grass!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 07:41

I'm with you on this dannyson.  Lawn grub killer enabled me to grow a good lawn free of leatherjackets.  nematodes for me too now but not as effective.

for me it is a shame we cannot use this product now.  For the "environmentalists"' this is not a problem or understood.

please, please,,please......no comments, again, about the "dangers" to our planet.  It really isn't my point 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 07:33

Morning folks

Wet here.  Gentle rain so ideal really.  

Pruning pelagoniums

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 20:55

You can cut pelargoniums hard back to any green shoots with safety.  However, I cut back into old wood too and usually its fine.

pelargoniums....all of them, scented included......get leggy esp indoors during summer and I regularly cut them back.

as with most of my long flowering summer plants I cut all the top growth incl flowers off.   Outdoor pelargoniums, although stockier, also get this treatment.  

Cutting back removes dying and weak foliage and creates an opportunity to clean around the plant.

of course, plenty of cutting material is thus provided

Pruning pelagoniums

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 20:55

You can cut pelargoniums hard back to any green shoots with safety.  However, I cut back into old wood too and usually its fine.

pelargoniums....all of them, scented included......get leggy esp indoors during summer and I regularly cut them back.

as with most of my long flowering summer plants I cut all the top growth incl flowers off.   Outdoor pelargoniums, although stockier, also get this treatment.  

Cutting back removes dying and weak foliage and creates an opportunity to clean around the plant.

of course, plemty of cutting material is thus provided

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