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Latest posts by Verdun

osterospermum

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:04

Carol,,which sort do you have?  There are now a lot of tender osteospermums on the market.

However, now is a great time to take cuttings.  They root easily. ,half perlite half mpc and try to get non flowering shoots.  Doesn't really matter though too much...just remove the flower buds.  Water in, polythene bag or propagator and leave in warm shady spot in the garden.  They take fast.  I usually put a dozen in half tray and cover with propogator lid.  Keep over winter ...water only if dry ...in greenhouse.  If in a cold area cover with fleece in cold times.  Pot on in the spring and plant out when nice size plants.  They will grow fast and flower next summer.  Easy peasy 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 12:57

Punkdoc, going through similar sitauation with my own mum.  It's just difficult isn't it but you can't give yourself a hard time

A good thread now running dealing with our difficulties ......

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 08:45

Lupins will often start regrowth quite late I find. A large plant cut back in summer is only now showing fresh shoots. ,

However, check thoroughly for snails that may still be there

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 08:38

Morning everybody ......another summer's day.    Forecast says fine for next 5 days and then for the foreseeable future after that....yippee   There's a glow about everything at this time of year 

Couldnt resist actea black negligee and helenium hot lava online  to complete ..or improve..... one border.   I think  heleniums and acteas are good bedfellows   

Enjoy your days folks 

Hostas as a delicacy !

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 00:21

Dear me !    Lovely looking visitors ..look better than slugs 

Not really sure what to,suggest to,prevent those deer.....

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 23:36

Beaus Mum.....that cake.  You're my favourite 

Helenium

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:28

Achilleas are essentially light dryish soil dwellers.   Winter wet is likely to kill them. Should,they survive winter heavy soil is likely to create leggy, disease prone and tatty lanky foliage.   I think they would spoil your otherwise harmonious helenium,rudbekia, grasses plan. Heleniums  and Achilleas would look wrong together I think 

Even on my generally sandy loam soil I grow Achilleas on the poorest parts because they then look better, flower better and remain compact   

Chlorotic skimmia and peris

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:53

About right I think obelixx.  

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:51

Those "beasties" are prob tiny snails Tintyc.  

Cut back to clean back all the greenery. Remove dead and dyiNg  debris.  Scatter a little fish blood n bone. ,spray with fungicide.  

Helenium

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:46

Not sure achillea is a good choice there Supernoodle ?  Think your soil is too heavy.

Grasses like miscamthus would be  suitable if planted in spring.  Hackonechloa would love it there as would acorus, Bowles golden grass,Imperata  ( if planted in spring ) various carex and molinias .

Dont fancy astrantias and astilbes there Supernoodle or do you want a summer garden only there?  Tiarellas perfect bedfellows too on the lowest tier ...they can flower off and on from spring to summer with delicious foam flowers 

Discussions started by Verdun

Any other dodos out there?

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Meany or being careful !

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Verdict....your new plants this year

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It's my birthday

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Roasting

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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grasses

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