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Autumn Perennials

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:18

Hibiscus Syracuse....lovely September flowering shrub, abelias (Confetti is a variegated gem of a plant), and, although quite tender, how about cannas?  Verbena bonariensis will flower to the frosts.  Ceratostigma and caryopteris will provide good blues in late summer as will the autumn gentians.  Japanese anemones will provide colour up,to late summer but their invasive "qualities" make them undesirable for me.  Try instead Anemone Wild Swan.  

For me late summer and autumn provide masses of colour.....masses to choose from

Ooh, me plums...

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:04

You should be able to identify your plums when they are ripe.  Then check against reference books, etc or take to local greengrocer.  It prob won't be an unusual variety

Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:00

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:00

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Hydrangea colour

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:57

Morning tottenhamwin

Your soil is probably alkaline.....try a PH test blue hydrangeas won't like it.  The rule is acid soil for blue hydrangea and alkaline soil for red or pink hydrangeas.  Also the variety you know it's name?  It may be a red or pink variety.

I suggest you test your soil.....if its acid then buy a good named blue variety. ??ou will have no need of any blueing agent then.  Always best to grow plants suitable for your soil and conditions


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:40

Good. Morning everybody

Cooler but still very warm.  Quite pleasant.

Fairygirl is quite correct.....for a change, ha ha......thunderstorms could damage tall plants not staked.  Dahlias spring to mind.....mine have been supported.  Although tall heleniums seem self supporting....first year I've grown them.  Thunderstorms rarely water ground or plants properly though so I will still water.

Might look into a nursery later on my for coreopsis when I cut back a large geranium but it needs to be of good size.  Have a tall echinacea, hot Papya, though that will go there too.....decided as I write, I will put the echinacea there.

Got my fav niece today.......19 and always looking for clothes so maybe I will have to forgo the plant purchase and buy a top or something for her.  Well, she NEEDS more clothes...she hasnt had anything new for, ...a week!

Have good day everyone

shady front garden

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 00:03

Well, I WOULD include ferns.    I have an ostrich fern in a sunny position that does very well. Some 4' plus tall and looks elegant.  A couple would look good. 

Helleborus orientalis least two....and, if there's enough moisture in the soil astrantias (get one white one at least) and astilbes ( get one of the newer classier varieties which are a little taller)  You have hydrangeas....I would have suggested these otherwise......but skimmias, sarcoccoca and daphne would be good there.  And consider one of the finest foliage amd classiest grasses you can have, viz, hackanochloa .

Bark chips would then finish a lovely "woodlandy" feel

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:20

Blackfly can by sucking sap fom them.  But they don't fly....they are black aphis that cling to stems etc of plants..usually at tips.  If you simply see black fles lying about leave them

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:54

Blackfly .....aphids....or black flies?   For blackly just hose them off, wash them off or rub them off.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:13

Swiss sue..   That was brilliant.  Still laughing.   

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