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Onward & Upward

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:20

If its sunny and warm there osteospermum Cannington Roy is good 

Petunias & pansies drooping

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:15

Did you overwater?

Both petunias and pansies can fall victims to disease ....the latter to something I experienced few years back, viz., pansy sickness.  Could also be simply aphids.  Or vine weevils.....lightly tug the plants.  If they pull  out easily minus roots its vine weevil damage

I would cut back everything....overwatered or not....aphids or not. Then push your finger into the soil and see if it's wet....I assume drainage holes ?  I would spray remaining foliage with soap spray or insecticide.  The next day I would water and feed.  

with petunias and pansies I would cut back hard now anyway.  They often run out of steam about now so I cut back, water and feed for quick regrowth of foliage and flowers

Non-flowering lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:29

No sign of,flowers coming low down?  One or two here are just appearing whilst most of mime are in full flower or,going over.  Maybe bit of patience then?


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:26

It's not that you can't pull it can, it's easy. It SEEDS everywhere. There are much better "alpine" or ground cover plants with white flowers.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:13

A few years ago thrushes did seem to disappear....last year or two they have reappeared.  

Re hellebores keen, I have about 30 plus.  So, I guess I like them.  Such good value as they provide lush looking foliage in the summer to set off other perennials, etc yet provide so much brilliant colour from late winter to spring.

Re the grasses I don't grow phalaris for the reasons you gave but that same leaf colouring I get from miscanthus variegatus and to a lesser extent from cala. Overdam and misc morning light. The brightest white grass is Arrhenatherum bulbosum.  Best during late winter up to about now.  Have you grown it?  For red grasses Imperata red baron is a joy turning blood red....Pennisetum rubrum eaton canyon with foxy red folkage with beige/red flowers ..bit tender but wonderful in summer along with its cousin rubrum fireworks. .   Carex buchannii and comans bronze are evergreen red grasses here.  You guessed I like grasses too?  Grow elymus magellanicus other blue foliage except juvenile eucalyptus foliage comes close to it.  Grow most grasses except those I think will be invasive.  

Finally, re liriope there's a new variety now....Blondie I think it's called with pure white foliage.  Trying to get that.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:01

I may indeed have a hedgehog in the area with a backpack.....very aggressive though.  You could hardly call,him spineless


Ok.....I'll get my coat

Non-flowering lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:57

I would guess its snails.....or slugs.  Are the leaves being eaten at the moment?  Lupins flower quite easily and readily.  I would check next spring for these critters


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:54

I think using the Latin names is important.....we then get the exact plant we want.  We shouldn't be afraid of being seen as pompous.  

Re conifers.   Love them too.  Got quite a few and the well known albertiana conica is still a favourite with its lime green new foliage.  Taxus Coppershine though is fantastic right now.....almost orange foliage, rheingold has nothing on it.  Foliage changes from green and white, to increasingly coppery orange and finally to butter yellow in late summer.  It's wonderful next to pale yellow hellebores in the winter and blue frikartii monch soon.  Juniperus Sulphur Spray is lovely foliage amongst heathers and alongside pittosporum Tom thumb.  

Share the expressed fondness for hostas too......luckily I don't get them eaten and, so far, my luck is holding out again this year.  

Uncinia uncinia rubra was mentioned earlier somewhere.  I like this "grass".  It's nothing much right now but in winter it's excellent.  Again I have this,in front of a double white hellebore and it's a good looking winter scene.  Winter is just as important to me as any other season so I aim for as much colour as possible then from my perennials, etc

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:38

Hiya Swiss sue

Yes I know that happens sometimes.  I type too quickly on this iPad. I need to check my messages before posting I think.  Hope you're getting the sunshine...... think everybody will

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:32

Andy, well said.  Mind ??ou, the past is important too.  We all wish you well in your fight.  I guess we all need to take each day as it comes and appreciate things, and people, more

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