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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:46

Not a great picture...getting a bit dark...but this is one of the dahlias that took my fancy yesterday in the bargain rack.  Flowers  are a bit tatty and the whole plant is going over.  Not subtle but I think next year it will be a stunner........on its own somewhere though!  Not one to easily associate with other plants

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:26

No, Bright Star...only cuttings on that one.  They root and grow easily and make large plants next year 

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:57

Foggy goggles,, you know you can DIVIDE it, don't you?  One of a few salvias that can be divided 

agree, Blue Note is superb.......more tender though.  Similar to it, just as attractive with a softer lavendar colour, is Violin Music 

cuttings needed for both ! 

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buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:51

I think you are right Nut....White Profusion instead of Ivory?  And Harlequin for its variegation ?

Sambucas in Trouble

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:43

You know what Padraigh, I am convinced now it is VW following your words. 

I would certainly dig it out asap.  If it is VW it will be in the plant.  

I took cuttings of the elder I lost a few years ago and they failed too despite that usually they are easy and successful.

start again elsewhere with an elder I think rather than transplanting a poorly plant  

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:46

Yes, noticed it next to your buzz Ivory Bright star.  Don't forget to take cuttings asap 

they thrive down has been in for 3 years and is topping 9' now. 

you could easily have a glorious summer garden using only salvias....whites, yellows, pinks, reds, purples, oranges,, not pineapples . and of course the blues 

buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:36

I have 2 of Ivory and Magenta

jury is out for me.  The first year Ivory was superb; last year hardly a flower.  This year, after a move into better soil, it has flowered and is flowering reasonably well but without the impact of its first year.   Magenta is ok but is not really an eye catcher.

Bright Star, mine was exactly as yours is, in its first year never out of flower and I remember posting a picture on the forum covered in butterflies.  i thought it the bee's knees !

My feeling is that the Buzz series declines after first year.  

It needs better....far better ...soil than the regular Davidii varieties. 

I will feed and mulch again this spring and expect top notch performance.  They are not worth their space so far in my opinion.  A lot of better candidates available here waiting to oust them.

Have a go Nick, so they are perennial but don't expect them to match the hype of the advertisers 

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salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:04 add to that, salvias like Amistad, Love n Wishes, Waverly, Embers Wish,,Guaranitica, Elegantissima (pineapple) and Uliginosa are coming into their own now.  despite most of them flowering for most of the summer these varieties love  the lower light levels of autumn and positively glow now.  

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:56

Check out acteas/cimicifugas then Jetmorgan..  They enjoy shade and moisture.  Large architectural foliage and if you  go for Brunette or James Compton you get wonderful polished purple/brown colour.  Then, as mine are now, you get tall cylinders of scented white flowers.  They get better every year, not attacked by slugs or snails or any pest I know of and are a CLASS act in the garden.  If you get plenty of compost from your old camellia site sounds like you could plant there 

don't cut corners by not using john innes if you want the best from your camellia ! 

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:36

So, jetmorgan, is there a better spot in the garden?  

If not a large pot will be fine.  I dont think your camellia will be too difficult at all to lift.  It doesnt look too big.  ....3' across you said.

you should get a decent size rootball...dig all way around it then under and a nice rootball should come out.  It will be compact so easy to replant or pot.

I would go for a large pot 2.5 feet across.  Get ericaceous john centres do stock it.  Water well. the most important thing when planting is to avoid early morning sun;  early morning sun will damage any flowers hit by frost by rapidly thawing them.  


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