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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:09

...and they really are worth it.  Those exotic majestic flowers rule the roost in late summer.  no staking either.  The coloured and variegated foliage varieties are superb

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:02

I grow lindhemeri Cories Gold ......same family

i regard it as needing good drainage and full sun.  

I would not grow it in heavy soil during winter or mound up compost around it. I would generally overwinter it in a gh in most areas.  I take cuttings in late summer and plant out in mid spring. perhaps you could cloche your plants if still in the garden

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Yes I love it Philippa.  Once you have it I suggest you divide it in late summer and you can overwinter a piece in gh if unsure of its hardyness

Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:02

If an area gets no sun at all that's full shade. There's dappled shade where a plant may be in a sunny spot but a taller neighbour shades it out by its movement.  Partial shade is where an area gets sun for part of the day,,prob less than half a day I guess. It varies too according to the time the area gets sun.....if it gets the sun at its hottest for a couple of hours a day some plants can still get damaged.  It may be that it receives sunshine in early mornings or evenings and many plants will enjoy that.

i try to plant according to each plant's ideal needs however plants are adaptable I find given compromised positions

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:51

Just bumping this up for Philippa

Geranium rozanne

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:49


yes, just wait awhile!  Rozanne is tough and vigorous.  One of mine grows in excess of 10' wide forming a natural dome of blue flowers all summer long.  You just need a little more patience 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:43

Chillin now Bekkie 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:41

Hiya Cherry.

cannas need a long and early season.  I grow a few varieties flowering majestically over 7' tall from July until November

start cannas early in gh .....feed and water well as soon as possible in early spring.  The bigger the tubers/roots the more energy the plant has.  I overwinter some indoors in largish pots and have some very large ones in the garden (early mild springs here)

Keep cannas dry and. Frost free right now 

i wonder if you planted them outside a little too early thereby checking their growth 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:34

FANTASTIC news Matty.  Well pleased for you

home rang me to say they think my mum is in pain.  I thought so too.    Because she drinks very little pain management is difficult.  The doctor told the Home that he will visit next week to "review the situation."  However, with (controlled) anger I contacted doctor who visited my mum right away and prescribed a pain patch ...which is exactly what was asked for.

why does it need aggressive behaviour to motivate people to do their jobs?  Not everyone has the "sod them all" character to challenge these people so what happens then?

Are you brave enough?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:26

Well I am a tad impetuous.  Once I decide something I do it ...make a start before I change my mind 

going to make an even bigger border into the lawn in next week or so to accommodate another purple shrub.  Just deciding about the perennials to transplant with it.  Regardless of the weather I will suddenly "just do it" .  Usually I'm pleased with the results.

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