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Posted: 21/01/2014 at 00:55

Hiya Ryan, for a moment there I thought you wrote your lab only eats humans!  

I have a golden lab too but mine is 10.  He loves carrots too.....well, actually he loves everything and anything. 

I guess  someone has died in one of the soaps.  Not really into soaps but so many identify personally with the characters so I guess it's pretty sad.

Got a consignment arriving tomorrow....just a few plants but it is quite exciting.

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 00:48

Hello Ryan,,

Echinacea  varieties I have include sundown, sunset, marmalade, hot papya, varieties of Cheyenne, tiki torch, white swan, Milkshake, summer sky and harvest moon.  All slightly more tender than the older varieties. But they are spectacular in flower. 

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:57

Red, I tend to pot on when I get my plants.  They will be bigger then for plantIng out bit later.

Dieramas can get reasonably I said, they are essentially grass-like in structure.  Mine is about 5' diameter and flower at about 4 to 5'.  I would not plant against a hedge or you will lose their form.  Best in isolation or maybe with a couple of hardy geraniums (roxanne, orion or jolly bee to.provide brilliant blue flowers all summer long) or other lowish growing perennials.  Also a hedge may deprive them of moisture.  

I understand your excitement about buying plants's me too....but always best to digest what you have purchased and take stock before further impulsive buys too soon I think 

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:46

Yes Tracey, exactly that.

Actually remove anything before the bud stage.  Just build up a good root system first.....good organic fertiliser and reasonable moisture....and then in mid summer let them flower. You will get more flowers on a bigger stronger plant 

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:40

Yes Red, that is my experience of them too.  

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:38

Echinaceas seem to suffer pathogens over winter ironically because of being too warm in the crown.  Because of this I now try to keep them dry but cold and they seem  to do better than those I fleeced in the past. 

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:34

Hiya Ryan.....echinaceas are one of my favourites too.  Must have a dozen different varieties.   I find if you deny them flowerimg early they will then flower their heads off from mid summer to autumn 

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:29

Just checked out paddocks.  Ok, it's not Guinevere, the variety I grow,but that's still a very nice variety they have.  

Dieramas need some moisture in summer.  Don't need a lot but I find extra watering does help.  

Not trying to make you spend money......although you are ......but sInce the postage is the same for 3 or 4 plants and the plants  themselves are not too expensive  I would be inclined to see if there is something else you want from them.  

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:19

What a transformation LeadFarmer.  

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:08

Yes Red, 

I have it.  Dierama Guinevere.   Absolutely gorgeous.  Wonderful plant.  Next to a pool it is esp good.  It's my favourite dierama.   like a grass but then surprises ??ou with masses of delicate looking wands of flowers in summer

Go on Red. ......get it 

Note.  You will have to sign for your delivery.  Can someone be there?  Or maybe inform Paddock Plants.?

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