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Supporting plants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 13:35
I make my own with strips of metal ....make loops out of them and they are discreet. Bamboo canes for delphiniums, short canes for lupins ...for me they produce thick flowering stems that can break in strong winds....and sturdier poles for tall dahlias. However, most of my plants do not require staking and often there are choices about varieties to grow....I.e. shorter stockier versions instead of their taller cousins

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:19
An aunt of mine volunteered at national trust garden in Yorkshire, gardening grandma. She loved it. Usually a rota system is employed so you could put in dates you can make. I volunteer at a local food bank at mo.....did this with Samaritans, CAB and Victim Support over past few years......and it helps make you aware of how hard it is for people generally. Helps put things into perspective I guess

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:06
Bunny, then that's not Ann folkard you have but associating plants, when it works, makes a nice "painting" I think

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:03
Morning gardening grandma, I bury label,when I plant something but I regularly move and remove,things so lose labels too. I remember usually. So it's OH's fault then? Ha ha

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 00:09
Bunny, you like to associate your plants....I like that. Your magenta one isn't Ann Folkard is it? Yellowish leaves in Summer? Do you mean johnsons blue...yes have that one but none of the others you have. I have Melinda, that is very nice, and Tanya rendell that's magenta on brownish foliage. Got some doubles like double jewel a white variety. I prob have a dozen or so different varieties, maybe few more. Got a number of blue varieties. You sure black beauty has died? It dies down pretending to be dead but it comes again with warmer's a sulker but a looker too.

fast growing shrubs

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 23:47
Bunny, yes watch that bamboo. I "had a thing" for bamboos once. Had a few varieties but all of em invaded. They seemingly behave until you suddenly notice a shoot appearing several feet away and then another in a different spot. I have removed them all? Best in large pots

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 23:42
I grow jolly Bee for it's glorious blue flowers that go on and on and on. I grow Elke for its sheer beauty and distinctive flower. Margaret Wilson for her lovely grey foliage and a variety called....I beauty which has purple red foliage and striking blue flowers. Other varieties to recommend?

Splitting perennials

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 23:37
I have quite a number of geraniums, ESP,some of the newer ones but older varieties like Russell Pritchard, Wargrave Pink, etc are easy to,split at any time of year. They are so vigorous I just cut chunks off and try to plant in threes. In Summer I just cut off the flowers and plant a chunk and in a few weeks it flowers again. Think I'll start a thread on geraniums......

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 23:27
Hi dmball, yes green shaft is the one I usually do grow. Early sowing to avoid pea moth is something I practise too. I'll stick to green shaft then I think

fast growing shrubs

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 19:40
Buddleias are great for quick growth....nice foliage n lovely flowers. The taller hebes like Salicifola types have white, blue, red flowers. Lonicera Baggesons Gold is quick and a beautiful foliage plant. How about a dahlia or two, crocosmia, cannas, etc for brilliant summer colour?

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What (elusive) plant do you crave?

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What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

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Xmas jokes

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