Verdun


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The difference

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:09

No joyce.  It is on my list but only Wild Swan and Ruffled Swan here right now 


yes, both varieties are still in flower here ...since late May I think .....and will do so for a while yet.  What else flowers for so long?


i think Dreaming Swan has more pendulous flowers Joyce.  Let me know what you think of it please? 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 11:44

Heathers, like conifers, have had a bad press because they were planted in the wrong places or never maintained.  treated as they should be they are delightful full value plants


"dwarf" conifers are simply slow growing.  However, mostly they keep on growing until one day the owners realise they have large conifers on their hands


I have less heathers and conifers than I did 15 or more years ago......they served their purpose well. Yes, it was Adrian Bloom who inspired me to grow them but also to grow other perennials.  A great plantsman and gardener.  I am sure he never regretted growing heathers and conifers 


I have juniperus Blue Star ....after 20 years it still is less than a metre wide and less tall;  I do trim it occasionally but what wonderful blue foliage.  I have a couple of dwarf cryptomerias that are 60 cm tall and wide after 20 years....delightful little "buns" of foliage.  So there are genuine dwarf conifers


I have to remove a large juniper soon...15' high and almost as wide.  Wonderful eye catching blue foliage and shape that I have maintained for many years that I will miss.  Phytophthora has attacked it.  However a new planting area will present itself too so mixed feelings 


for me heathers and conifers are far better in the garden than the ubiquitous bramble, er rose.  Most people have roses in their gardens that look AWFUL....they ARE awful.  prickly, diseased and unshapely  things that need constant attention to produce the odd flower.     Who would grow these things ? 

What to do now....

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:54

Right....RELAX Sarah


first year fruit bushes will not fruit....at least not properly or in quantity. So, you have had some fruit.....


a picture would have been good so we could see the size of the pots compared to your bushes.  No matter.


yes, leaves will die off now...it is autumn.   new leaves will form in spring.  Perfectly normal.


do nothing now to any of your plants....they are on a balcony; does that mean they are outside really?  Can receive rainfall etc?


in spring mulch with some pelleted chicken manure and either add some fertiliser or feed with tomato feed during the spring and summer


there is pruning to do but that basically will be after they have flowered.  Water well from spring onwards


the blackcurrants are the greediest of the bunch and respond well to generous feeding.


enjoy your fruit next year 

Last edited: 29 September 2016 10:56:05

Another new garden

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 07:34

Good luck bulkerb


once recovered and developed a 5 to 6 acre garden.  Overgrown fields etc became tamed with ornamental planting, an orchard, veg patch and pond as well as semi wild control 

'Tea bags'

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 23:22

Those "teabags" do not biodegrade, they eventually strangle plants and are useful only for the growers. they are at the heart of most of the perennials and shrubs we purchase whatever size pot they are grown in 

Sedum brilliant

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:37

Not the whole plant but stems rotted.....never water sedums pokhim 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 21:18

Foxhollow...yellow foliage now, pink flowers soon and all winter and red tipped new foliage?   Ann Sparkes.....dark foliage, red winter flowers and orange foliage in spring? Vivellii dark foliage and red flowers.   Others with bright green foliage and pure white glistening flowers in winter?  Put together and sheared into undulating mounds?  Immune to slug damage?  Delicious to eat.?....er, got carried away there 


well, I am sure I have tempted someone here   There must be people here equipped to appreciate the finer things too  

Odd

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 21:08

Wot?  Just one ? 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:01

Deliberately letting frosts damage frost tender plants defies all logic but fuels weird speculation to justify it on my book.  And if you forget to lift after first frost damage you are likely to suffer more 


irrelevant where you live...it's when frost hits 

What am I doing wrong with penstemon cuttings?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:44

Yes, I cover all cuttings including silver/grey artemisias..."except aeoniums and pelargoniums and succulents.


exactly, once rooted remove cover 

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