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Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 22:15

lilysilly, your instincts are correct 

guanajuato is a Very tender variety.  it looks like the normal patens varieties but is much taller...mine is 5' tall.  you will need to dig it up and treat as you do a dahlia, viz., frost free and dry.  It forms tubers.  I pot mine into 5 litre pots and keep in conservatory.  A gh is prob not warm enough.  Pot up using dry mpc.  Resist the temptation to water too soon in is a late starter.

you may have the smaller patens though which are a little hardier but treat just the same as above.  It will be bigger and better next year.  You can also divide the tubers.

Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:58

Salvia guanajuato......been superb for months now and still going strong.  Salvias Embers Wish ...the best of the Wishes I think....and Amistad too.  

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 17:58

Nanniemo, I think they are flowering everywhere    I have 15 or more different salvias in flower ...Waverley, Amistad, patens varieties, love n wishes, Leucanthemum, Embers Wishes, Uliginosa, Elegans, Cacallfolia, as well as the various microphylla varieties.  You could easily fill a garden with salvias 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 17:32

The weatherman has said we have had the warmest weather in the country (again) today.  Lovely day ..perfect for planting out 

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 17:29

It is one of the hardiest salvias Sue but a very cold wet winter will kill it.  We haven't had a really cold winter for a few years now so the chances are this winter could well break that sequence.

If your plant is no more than a year old you can dig it up, trim top and roots and pot up and keep in the gh.

cuttings will still take now ...try a few.

a sheet of glass suspended over your salvia will keep it dry 

When to cut back sedum

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 17:23

The only sedums I do not cut back are two at the very top of my back garden where soil is poor, dry and I poverished.  I deliberately keep this area like this for aeoniums, agastaches and the like.  Generally though, if you know your sedums will flop then cut back in late May. 

know what your plants will do and act accordingly 

When to cut back sedum

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 12:26

Jjst let it die down now jezzialli. 

It will send up new shoots again in spring.  cut back hard in late May.  

Curious - what do you think?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 07:43

of course.  why not?

a professional gardener works in loads of gardens, different styles, soils, conditions etc. etc. whereas we work in just one and cater for our  own (prob very limited) needs and requirements.

I learn as much in others' gardens as I do my own where different plants are grown 

Having one garden to work in limits our experience...can actually become routine.  Also, how many of us are actually "trained" ?   When I read the advice here on the forum it is sometimes given from the perspective of somebody's limited personal experience of his/her own garden.  It works for them so give it out as advice! 

No. whether a person has his/her own garden or not is not important as long as he/she knows what they are doing

Last edited: 01 November 2016 07:45:29

Rudbeckia Sunbeckia.

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:34

I found it hated too much wet too.  More echinacea than rudbeckia 


Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:30

Yes, you can cut as hard as you like Mark.

I have been brutal with hibiscus.   Don't be worried and don't be half hearted it will respond with flowers next summer.

agree with Tetley, get in there and cut out all dead and damaged wood as far back as possible.  

Make sure you use a sharp saw to make cuts clean and neat 

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