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Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:23

Valerie, a girl after my own heart. love grasses,,phormiums,,heleniums,etc

rusty red grasses? carex buchanii....upright,,erect,,evergreen,,foxy red. Comans bronze is beautifully tactile, mound forming with lighter red brown foliage. uncinia unciniata rubra is maroon to bright red...according to time of year, soil,,sunshine etc and again is evergreen. Cqrex testacea is olive copper colour and evergreen.  Pennisetum rubrum may not survive winters for you but is a delightfully red summer grass. I also grow imperata red baron...the leaves are now turning bright red.  For taller grasses check out panicum shenandoah...leaves already have touches of crimson and grows about 5' high. however, try the chyenne echinaceas....they are easier.

phormiums?  Sundowner is excellent. Dazzler is maroon red.

dahlia bishop of llamdaff is wonderful with most heleniums esp moreheim beauty as is lobelia tanya which has red leaves. dahlia after eight has the blackest foliage topped with white flowers that you might like.  Acteas too with their dark,,almost black foliage.

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Posted: 17/06/2015 at 18:58

Hiya Lyn

no, Im a lazy so and so.  Bought seaweed concentrate online and it seems good.  (Raw seaweed though ised to be a regular mulch throughout the garden.....bags and bags of I appreciate the value of it.  Always applied it in autumn and the winter rains washed out the salt so come the spring it was in perfect comdition for plants)


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 18:14

Hee hee hee 

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Posted: 17/06/2015 at 16:33

Valerie, Ive had fun with these new varieties for years now

they need to be treated differently to normal echinaceas.  They mostly have a tendency to wilt as soon as flowers are forming and/ or fail to survive winter.  I remove all flower stems ....just done this with Tiki Torch and Vintage Wine.....and encourage the root system to grow instead. if a young plant dont let flowers form until the following summer.  If established let flowers form in late June then they will perform well.

there are exceptions...most of the doubles like Marmalade, Hot Papya, Double Decker, Milkshake seem to be more robust.

summer Sky is a durable robust variety.  it has survived several winters here now and about to start flowering ....flower stems removed a few weeks ago.. Also the seed raised Cheyenne varieties have over wintered well and reputedly very robust.  salsa too has built up good clumps and again ready to flower

the normal well know varieties are a different kettle of fish to the above varieties.

I find they need an occasional good watering and mulch.  a seaweed spray or two in summer helps. good soil produces better plants





Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:56

The only geranium I dont cut back is a large plant of Rozanne.  It flowers forever and looks good into September......because it is so big being several feet across it provides a feature all summer I dont want to lose..... all others, including other Rozannes, are cut back in mid summer.....well, Ive already started on Ann Folkhard, Orion and will tackle Wargrave Pink over the weekend.

no. It doesnt weaken the plant at all.  In fact it prob strengthens it by saving its energy producing seed


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:51

Which variety Lyn?  

WHAT IF.........

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:10

Bumping this thread up for the royalties!  


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:08

Lyn, no I dont feed too much either. During the summer a seaweed spray though on pot plants, tomatoes, etc. is about all.   Feeding the soil...mulches etc., better.  

No passport needed for you're more than welcome 



Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:03

Could have been worse Dove...could have been the loo door !

no sun today.  Very warm.  Misty, cloudy quiet weather




Posted: 17/06/2015 at 12:50

There will be lots of completely different opinions about this

however, no I would not rake, scsrify or do amy rough work on your lawn now greencab.  I would re seed bare patches and work well into soil/sward

If your lawn is established you can apply feed and weed now to excellent effect.  Make sure you water it well within a day or so.  And avoid applying directly in hot dry weather.  Ideally I would apply on a dry day after rain or after watering day or so before

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