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Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:09

Yes Order in the border, cut those flowered stems back to leaves or base. 

Hard for me to advise objectively as I cut back in autumn but better to do it in spring in most places.

take cuttings now though. they usually survive winter here but just in case

i have a few clumps and the common name of "whirling butterflies" is apt I think.  Lovely, light and airy. 

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:47

Or move to west cornwall where everything flowers in April....swings and roundabouts eh Fairy? 

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:46

Not at all thinking exactly 

I know I'm in the minority but seed for me is a big no. not for perennials anyway. too fussy, too long winded and too much guesswork as to what will finally flower.  Cuttings, divisions for me.  Quicker and that "quality" plant you have will be cloned perfectly.  

And always looking for new plants to a couple on my radar already.  Astilbe Chocolate Shogun for one.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:41

Dampish morning but sun trying to push through.  However, it isn't summer right now and the forecast isn't great.  Warm but wet. 

Still, good walk with Spike and pretty dry.

that swimming pool?  Could be fun. 

got visitor in mo cadging a cuppa.  never brings donuts....wot's the point? 




Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:35

Morning Dove

i divided my Star I did with Yellow Honka.  All looking good. These simple flowers cope better in the rain than their blousy large flowered cousins

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:32

Morning Bandita

that Fairy has stolen my words again....a.ways doing that 

you can easily divide your salvia ......wait for flowering to end and take a sharp knife to your salvia. because its your first time I would just cut it in half.  When you see your salvias growing next spring you will have the confidence to divide again.

if you like yellow look at coreopsis, euryops, rudbeckias, echinaceas, etc

consider pinks too......they have beautiful evergreen blue foliage with flowers from white to red, usually scented, and these go well with salvias. and they are cheap to get and easy to propagate. 

I also like red with salvias....Knautia Macedonica for example,,which will flower all summer. 

lychnis coronaria too is evergreen with tall white or red flowers

have fun in your garden Bandita 



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:13

Tricia, I think you are right.  I dont really feed dahlias too oldest has been in for 20 plus years and never been fed. It was, more or less,,just dumped there in the days when dahlias to me were just blousy things.  It is in poor soil.....actually I will post a picture soon. always reliable but.....whisper it....a bright pink.  

my thinking is a plant overfed offen produces foliage. fed less and it flowers better.

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:07

Chicky,,that is knip papya.  Dwarf. New to me this year but blooms well in gaps.  It sends up spikes to 60 in the picture.  We are now near late August so fits your criteria..? 

Ember Glow is a "dedicated" late bloomer I think.  

Not sure how hardy though Chicky....even here where it's mild.  

I have several varieties and like them all.

free draining soil, mine is...but I do two things. loosen roots;   they are vigorous,,thick and tough.  Then I incorporate generous amounts of compost, manure at planting time.



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:40

I've had dahlias in full flower for several weeks now . Many are in excess of 5' tall and as much across ....smothered in flower

most of my dahlias are left in the ground over winter.  Those I wish to divide are dug up and potted.  Down here and on light free drsining soil dahlias are better protected than those dug up and overwintered in gh


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:15

Strawberry blonde Beaus Mum .  

Summer is always too short but I think it's been pretty good.  Me too Beaus Mum, hate the shortenjng days and cooler temps.  

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