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What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:08

Ah, lily.  Of course, you are a lily but no ordinary one.  You are the regal lily...lilium Regale. 

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:27

Wendy, try Epsom salts first. Its cheap. It's available from chemists. To me your plants are short of magnesium so Epsom salts isresolver product.  Try it amd get back to us

What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:17

I imagine Verdun to be majestic, superior,charming, elegant, physically strong, mentally  astute and very, very humble.    So, what better plant than subtle cannas?

Dove.......the clematis queen, pond fanatic, wildlife comcerned and charming and friendly as those smiling violas.

Fairy....... Brooms.  Broomstick etc.  (oh, that magic!  ...er!  Lovely brooms of course ). But an impression of a very hard worker so maybe an ever flowering sweet pea

Busy?  I associate with busy lizzies, of course.  Her self chosen handle implies her fondness for them.

Punkdoc?  The blue Himalayan poppy.

orchid Lady......orchids.  Hey! This is easy 

Supernoodle I imagine to be carefree, spontaneous and far from retiring so perhaps a lover of dahlias

Nutcutlet?  Trees? 

Italophile....what else but tomatoes.  The king!

Woody!  Alpines and lush lawns. 

KEF?  well, she strikes me as being a kindly sort, reliable but deep so perhaps an evergreen hellebore 

Hostafan, not sure on this one....ha ha

Could have a field day here .......

Interesting now to see how others add to this list of character assassinations. 

Rhododendrums

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:42

Dee,,you don't say if it's a dwarf variety.  

For my money, it would be perfect between the 2 Camelias......as long as colours don't clash.......providing a lovely spring show.  Snowdrops, daffs and tulips.  Then a foreground of lithodora....blue flowers on evergreen mats......or blue flowering corydalis.  Soooooooooperb spring display.   You could add some lilies for summer flowers too.

Runner beans

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:35

Ah!  Never done that Bob.  So no reduction in cropping?  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:34

Re planting dahlias, I too give a lot of thought about their placements.  If purple foliaged, for example, often near a white striped miscanthus or Cornus aurea, or in front of tall helenium.  Or a blue in foreground.  

Yellow Honka is stunning near salvias...rhe shorter patens or the taller guaranitica or the purple salvia Amistad...sorry folks, nothing subtle with this planting  Best to get these things right I think.

Still a dahlia or two to go out and want to get a white next to geum totally tangerine but white .....Star Child......is not quite big enough yet.

Sun is out now so it will be a quick walk with the dog

Hostas

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:48

I divide hostas every 2 or 3 years into sizeable clumps and repot or replant using compost, etc.  I do this at any time of year, even mid summer.  Mid summer plants then produce superb foliage right through to autumn but without flowers.

Slugs and snails get into the compost so check under your pots Susiejenny.  Those small ones ....are they keel slugs?.....often lurk there.  Also, small snails will hide in the crowns.

Touch wood.......none of my hostas are damaged yet amd I usually keep them like this for most of the summer. I find hostas lose their foliage quality after flowering as well as attracting slugs, etc., at this time too.

I grow many hostas in the open....most of my garden is sunny......so I ensure they are well watered.  However, the very yellow or varieties with lots of white in their leaves, like Fire and Ice, need to be out of the sun or they will burn.  

I grow a few different varieties....just added Fire Island that looks a little weak, so far........and, I agree Susiejenny, they light up the garden 

 

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:35

Ah, Warrens pasties Peat B.

Philps are the best I think.

I think copper tape is effective around pots for anything trying to climb in from the outside.  Just make sure  nearby plants are not touching hostas.

Brambles do not work.  Have you never seen snails on brambles?  

Slugs and snails are survivors ..salt is their enemy.  Nematodes may be the solution of applied often enough....3 or 4 times a year. 

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24

Obelixx, that's disheartening,,isn't it?  Still time though for those plants to recover and do something for you this summer

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:22

Midwinter Fire breaks the mould when pruning dogwoods.  It just doesn't like being pruned.  It lacks vigour and needs just to be left to its devices removing only the dead wood. I think it might need less moisture than other dogwoods too....Just a personal comclusion about this plant. 

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