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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 14:03

Lyn those pots are fine until spring

Grasses looking good 

planting in and around a natural pond

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:59

dont always lift them plant pauper but suggest it for coldest winters

down here they are not unaffected by cold.

i grow arums in water and in normal soil...they are adaptable, even tough, plants.

can you plant to the edge or side of the pond?  You need to plant out a good size specimen to start with.  

The grass is always greener plant pauper......can grow tender stuff here but don't get the wonderful autumn foliage that colder areas enjoy.  My soil is dry mostly so cant grow the greatest primulas,,rodgersias, etc in the world.

if you have boggy soil you can grow some super stuff Plant pauper.  Size 4 Plant Pauper? dog has bigger feet . Ha ha 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:48

Ok, Kathy, that sounds ideal.  There are branded products on the market to apply every spring to maintain hydrangea colour....based on aluminium sulphate I think. I think over use can damage the soil though so I would be inclined to grow as it is to see what it naturally performs 

I am so jealous ...I cannot grow blue hydrangeas here (too near the sandy coast)  yet Cornwall generally boasts tremendous blue hydrangeas.  

I will check out a similar variety with red flowers and dark foliage.....they are lovely 

Cosmos from container to border

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:37

Meomye, does it smell of chcolate?  maroon red flowers?  That's  choc cosmos a tender perennial.  Otherwise grow your plant as it is until the frosts and then discard loyalty for annuals ! 

if you want large cosmos next year sow early and pinch out regularly as well as potting on often.  Plant out from a 3 litre pot in early summer and pinch back again.  You will have large self supporting plants that will flower until autumn

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:31

It's about enjoyment Primrosecottage......sounds like you've got it right 

I neeeeed Rhubarb

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:26

Plant pauper just ask for a piece and dig down deep to sever it.  Give it plenty of good stuff .......manure, compost and water it well. Taste also comes from a well grown, well fed plant not just the variety.  Over the years I think Stockbridge Arrow is the best.

sugar plant pauper?  Sugar?  Raw is good.  Cooked without sugar is great.  Microwaved with creamed porridge is better. 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:20

Hosta, love it but its not easiest to overwinter or grow.  It's stems are brittle so I experiment a little with it to produce sturdier growth.  And propagation is harder than with other patens type.  But a better blue anywhere else?

pulled up 3 tomato plants...all fruit has ripened.  4 plants remaining with a week's worth or less but can't complain about the crop this year.  looking like a tomato now . And checked my ripening onions....they all look firm with golden honey,skins.  Should keep well over winter.  Summer has been good for them too.

Although I enjoy growing ornamentals there is nothing to beat growing stuff to eat 

very warm....too hot in the gh.  Spike is basking in the sun on the drive.  I might sunbathe too but talking of "moon" .........there is a  blood  moon in the early hours....about 3 30.  Prob wont wake up but I've  recorded it 


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:35

Needs acid soil though folks.......

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:19

You never know what colours you may get plant pauper.  One of the nicest I have is a seedling quite different from others in the garden.  Gardening needn't cost the earth 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:17

Yes please plant pauper "royalties" always welcome   Ha ha 

It seems its lighter and brighter everywhere this a curtain has been lifted.    Looking good for the week ahead too 

salvia guanjuato has decided to flower over past few days........this clump got damaged in summer so delighted to see it.  The most beautiful large gentian blue flowers...check it out folks.  May post a picture later 



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