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Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:57
I split mine after flowering....maybe July time. I do so because they become tatty in the garden and I dig most of the up to split and pot up. Not all splits take for me, prob 50/50, I replace with tender perennials like blue salvias. In autumn the potted lupins are ready again to plant into the garden

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:51
I love Christopher Loyds books too. Ann folkard is a great "sprawler" in my garden...yellowish foliage and magenta flowers but many geraniums do have a long flowering period. I have several that flower for most f the summer months. However, in mid summer I cut Ann folkard back quite hard and this makes a more controlled and attractive plant that then flowers until the autumn without swamping surrounding plants.

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 19:03
Yes, but think of my commission

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 18:49
Get commission on every geranium I mention. Ha ha. Can I mention one more? Melinda. Nice upright habit and lovely pink flowers . That's it, wont mention any more!

Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 18:43
Yvonne has stolen my line. Ha ha. If you grow lupins to good size before plantIng out you will have more luck I think. I recently got few more lupins in 9 cm pots and have now twice potted them on. Currently they are in 1 litre pots but will still pot on into 2 litre pots and then plant in the garden prob about May. I do this with most of my,plants, viz! Plant them out from large pots and they then have the vigour and size to deal with the elements and flower profusely in early summer

Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 08:52
So far I've been lucky with delphiniums and never had a slug problem with them. I'm aware that the danger ,period is when new shoots appear but I have already put up "keep out" signs. Bunny, I like the white ones too but the blues, if good ones, are best for me. Lupins make such an impact.....the only,problem I have with them is if weather is stormy....rain and strong winds can damage the fat spires. However, a couple of short canes discreetly supporting the fattest spikes prevents this This year I am growing some veronicastrums hoping they will give me the "delphinium" effect later in the summer. Not grown these before so anyone have experience of them?

Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:37
I love my lupins and delphiniums in summer. Is there a better sight in June and July than fat lupin spikes and tall blue delphiniums? Last year I had 2 good crops delphiniums plus late flowers. But, delphiniums have to be blue....pale or dark but blue.....?

My new lawn

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:31
Martin I think that's the way to go, viz., getting existing soil right. Guesstimating but equal parts? Not sure it's too critical. I'm at other end of the country and in the west so complete opposite to you but conditions rather than dates are most important when sowing. Usually late march and April for most of us..May can get hot and dry ??? Maybe aim for April?

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:04
Bunny, I grow Kashmir white in sun and a variety called Derek Cooke also in the sun and I like this one. I'm sure if you googled white geraniums there would be quite a few, Oh, I also grow Coombland White and a double flowered variety. I can't remember it's name.

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:42
Oops! Sorry you must have got onto my usual website! Try geranium Elke. Its different and it's gorgeous

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