Verdun


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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 12:25

helenium moreheim beauty, rudbekia goldsturn, verbena rigida, dahlia twynings after eight just opening and an aconitum behind

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Achillea

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:51

Morning Dove.

I have a love/ hate thing with Achilleas.  Mainly because they can get leggy. However always have a couple of them.

Yes, I do deadhead.  As flowers begin to fade I snip off the stem to buds/shoots.  Makes for more compact, attractive, fresh and floriferous appearance. 

 

plant I don't have but would love

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:46

I have, over recent years, jumped at the opportunities to remove old shrubs/conifers to enable fresh perennial plantImg.  Initially,,when creating a garden, shrubs fill spaces so well but soon we realise how "static" they can be.  Removing a single conifer last autumn enabled me to plant up a far more interesting, even exciting (for me) bed with all year round Interest.  

So, your "dream" plant may not be as exciting as ??ou imagine it to be.  Maybe a number of (cheaper) less ambitious plants is better ...?

Grass ID

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:37

Yes.  If you ever see it best removed ASAP I think.  

dianthus

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:35

Although they like dry comditions I think your dianthus are too dry.

I would cut out any potential flower stems, loosen the soil slightly around your plants and water well.   Create a little well around them for this and then, when dry, level,the soil with the dry soil. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:31

You will be Ok Punkdoc.  Remember think "no" to everything that tempts you! 

So many times I have walked to the checkout with a plant thinking I don't really need this plant.  Sometimes it's not even better than those I still have in (big) pots waiting to be planted.  Trouble is if I dont have the "perfect" spot I delay ....and ponder......planting anything.  Eventually things get planted.  

Cooler, cloudier and rain imminent.  Feels warm though.   Some wind too amd the rain may be heavy......still have a couple of delphiniums looking good but they are staked 

plant I don't have but would love

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:20

Neutral soil will be ok for tree fern.  They grow all over the place down here in acid and alkaline soils

plant I don't have but would love

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:16

Dieramas are not "delicate" at all. .....they are tough plants.  I have Guinevere,  a lovely pure white form.  Flowered for few weeks.  Don't think they are short loved either.  Next to a pool they are superb. In isolation too they are impressive 

A plant I would,love to have is Acer aureum.  Too near the coast, too sunny and too bright here for it.  

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 19:34

Fairy is dead right. 

Post on a thread if you like or don't .  

Sorry Mike, but I choose not to now. 

Gap in my clay border

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:40

Oh, sorry Beaus mum, wot am I like?  

Jumble hole, of course.  Taller than usual. Very long flowering...prob longest of all.

Hadspen blood....dark red flowers and foliage bit darker too.  I find this compact with nice flowers but shorter season

Roma,which is really nice.  Pink and flowers again if clipped early after first flowering.

Ruby star another good red....similar to hadspen I think

Sunningdale variegated.  This is magic in spring.  Yellow and green fresh looking bright, crisp foliage in spring and early summer.  White flowers.  However, soon now, I will cut it back to produce new variegation.....leaves now turning green.  I have this with Heuchera berry smoothie and verbena rigida.

I am looking to get "star of billion" .....white.....and Venice for purple flowers too.

 

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