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Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:08

new to Elke Andy?  It will flower all summer and no other geranium is like it.

in your,helenium border maybe go for some "mounded" perennials too to set off those taller guys...astilbes and astrantias.  Stipa Gigantea?  Womderful 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:53

 "Diplomatic" softie?  

trouble is so many are "must have" plants.....hellebores, heleniums, samguisorbas, persicarias,,salvias, agastaches, lupins,,delphiniums, grasses, etc   Now, I have added more clematis they have become "must have" too.

if you have never grown sanguisorbas......I started a thread about sanguisorbas last don't know what you're missing.  However, agree about phlox.......not my favourite 

Compost review

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:44

To be honest most mpc's now are not exactly great 

their very lightness thus easy to carry, is in itself a problem.  so convenient to carry and so cheap they seem good value 

I have taken to using john innes......the worst JI is better than mpc for me.....for seed sowing, cuttings and potting.  Using half perlite and half JI for seed sowing;  according to variety (agastaches, pelargoniums,,aeoniums) 80% perlite and JI for cuttings and JI for permanent planting.

used this way, composts don't dry out as quickly and the extra weight provides stability in the wind etc.  I also discovered little or no weevil occupancy 

Missed replies

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:32

Mike......come on now.  behave Ok?

you have posted some interesting comments lately but nobody here is bothered about popularity.  

Perhaps you didnt make sure your posts were submitted properly .....sometimes you need to press the submit button twice 

dont risk getting banned nice Mike 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:24

Evening chatterboxes

get  rid of heleniums Andy?   

Cant have enough of them here. Already have half a dozen different varieties and even added 3 more today.  

have replied on your thread about sanguisorbas but sanguisorbas and heleniums are both must have plants 


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:02

Keith, aphids will multiply like mad indoors...  if using an insecticide use it outdoors

dont use insecticide as a preventstive either. 

Another thing....

lush growth attracts the blighters so grow plants witout too much feeding and forcing.  Hard grown plants generally are far more resistant to attacks

How to prune hydrangea peniculata?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:55

Different pruning in containers though.....growth is far more limited.  In the open ground bushes will grow a great deal larger.  


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 16:03

Keith, you can overdo the insecticide thus killing the plants eventually. 

I think the finger and thumb can be effective but washing up liquid is even more so.....finger and thumb can bruise delicate stems and prob not for the squeamish 

whatever suits you Keith.  

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:59

potted on more in 1 litre pots.  the bigger agastaches are in 2 and 3 litre pots and just about ready for planting out.  I  divided helenium El Dorado and .now have 2 large plants from the one.   Ordered 3 more heleniums from local nursery........she can get them cheaper and the varieties I want.  Never have too many heleniums!    Potted on Watsonias including some white ones....have high hopes of these this year

not much sun today but delightfully warm 


Any comments on these plants?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:51

..... meant to add they look great with grasses but avoid Alba with a tall grass.....Alba then looks pretty ordinary and overwhelmed 

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