Verdun


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Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:31

Punkdoc, I always break the rules

flowerlover, i cut this one very hard leaving hardly a discernible leaf.  Then clean the area.  This prevents caterpillars having a nibble and creates fresh foliage in a very short time

have to say though that I decide on a plant by plant basis....for example, one Rozanne is not cut back and it makes an attractive wide (10') mound of flowers all summer. this one though makes few flowers in autumn so a choice to make.  

Wind Brakes & Joy Larkcom

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:16

Hiya Newboy

definitely,,shelter from wind is important.  Seedling veg, esp, are vulnerable to damage by wind ...tender stems will snap

My garden is sheltered...the veg patch even more so but I always fleece veg from seed sown stage to a couple of inches high.  Beetroot, esp, is easily damaged when young.

 

ID sub shrub

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 08:15

I know what you mean re salvias Buttercups but be aware some are a little invasive.  Mostly they are vigorous ....down here anyway.....so I am very selective on salvia varieties.  

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Posted: 09/11/2015 at 07:51

A geranium, Jolly Bee, supposedly the same as Rozanne but I don't think it is, is still in full flower.  More compact than Rozanne.  Cut back in mid summer and,,after a break of 2 or 3 weeks,,has flowered continuously since.   

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 07:45

Hello forkers. 

not too bad here....dry and pleasantly warm 

finally decided my chain of planting for later involving 5 perennials.  Hoping it will stay fine for that 

more signs of autumn taking hold over past few days so will be ruthlessly cutting stuff down soon.  Already new growth...daffs, hellebores etc....is showing

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Posted: 08/11/2015 at 22:33

what?  You grow day lilies Kathy? 

dalia

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 21:26

Michael, bumping this up for you. are those tubers soft and rotting?  Do they smell? I wonder if that is crown gall/rot? 

Were they growing in heavy wet soil?  

I would discard but I have never experienced this so let's see what others say 

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Posted: 08/11/2015 at 21:11

Agastache Kolibri, stipa gigantea ( majestic from June to September) and hydrangea limelight for spectacular flowerheads.  Only 3 flowerlover? 

Shrub name

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:19

Or cerastigma wilmottianum or griffithi? Mine still full of flower 

ID sub shrub

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:17

Check out salvia Waverley folks then say you like hotlips 

anita, all the salvias have scented foliage......varies tho from strong pineapple down through more subtle smells.  Your Hotlips next year will mostly have bleached white flowers with periods of red and red and white.  I have a plant from a cutting of an unnamed salvia microphylla that is far superior...delightful floriferous small blue flowers all summer until now.  I think it might have been a seed sown variety because I  cannot exactly ID it.  Love it though 

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