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Cosmos xanthos

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:14

anyone grown cosmos xanthos this year?

not really into many annuals but cosmos,,eap the white ones, is a regular feature here.  Tried Xanthos and liked the pale yellow colour but it disappointed over the summer.  Went over earlier than other cosmos and not so floriferous for me.

not sure this is worth a place in my garden next year. How do you rate it? 

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:06

Always part shade for any Japanese acer In my opinion.  

I have only one simply because it is a very sunny garden here and acers have struggled with that.

mine in dappled shade and thrives

strong sun, easterly winds and salt laden winds will damage acer foliage esp the dissectum types 

i would plant it out now if 2' high 

What is wrong with my Camellia

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:36

When you do repot use john innes ericaceous compost.  It is heavier, it is soil based and it retains moisture better....and,,therefore, holds flowers and buds better.   Worth doing.

i would remove that grit though in spring and replace with ericaceous compost mixed with dried manure or chicken pellets 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:32

Breezy,,bright and increasingly humid but v pleasant. ....sun may pop out and if it did it would be pretty hot.  Hopefully, the high temps forecast for the south east tomorrow will not occur down here.

picked the last of the toms....all ripened...and bushes pulled out. had a good and prolonged crop this year 

will spray the gh with jeyes in a day or two.......not quite the formulation it was though 

What is wrong with my Camellia

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:40

Plant is healthy enough but my main point is the compost.......what sort of compost is it in?

if you used an ericaceous multi purpose compost  and not an ericaceous john innes one the moisture level would be hard to maintain.  This would cause bud and flower drop if compost was even a little dry 

What is wrong with my Camellia

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 13:00

Agree with Fairy...I would use a soap wash to clean those leaves then rinse with cold water.

the foliage looks ok sign of chlorosis or deficiency.  

Since your flowers died off last year, I also think your plant is too dry. August is the critical time to make sure camelias are kept well watered.....too dry then and goodbye to any flowers next year.

difficult to tell how big that pot is Crwindsor.  

Just a reminder ....use john innes ericaceous compost.   I have a feeling you might be using ericaceous mpc ...this dries out very quickly and is not adequate for camelias.  I prefer a living mulch to grit or gravel.  

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Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:14

Emma, yes, give them a try .....a min temp of 4 degrees should be achieved by you indoors;  keep reasonably moist and good light.  They are "warm season" grasses so don't start growing until very lste spring and early summer

good luck.  I have never tried them in the house ......only in you might have success 

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:21


fireworks and all rubrum types are tender.....very you thought. 

currently I have 3 pennisetum rubrum that I overwintered and now flowering.  Even here they have, at best, only a 50/50 chance of surviving winters INDOORS.  I lose them most years despite trying different methods.

this year they are later than usual to flower......they took a long time to come into discernible growth; prob not until July.  I will keep them in the gh for longer next eagerness had me put them out in June;  mistake. 

Can you keep them indoors anywhere a1154?  You can't let them dry out either.  And don't cut them before you see new growth .....they will look dead well into late spring so be patient 

mean no insult to B&Q staff but very few are horticulturally trained I think.  Even in the GC's this seems to be the case too 

Lawn moss/weeds

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:05

Lynne, get the patio done but if you have doubts about the lawn leave it for a while.  Give it a chance 

weeds and moss are easy to deal with...these are not reasons  to replace it .  Like DAN I mow regularly, top dress, feed and weed.   A new lawn will still need these treatments. 

Enjoy your new patio 

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:37

Ha ha KT53, done that too.  

However, I need to be a tad more careful next month with the removal of a large and hefty juniper.  I tend to be over enthusiastic with these things but I dont want this juniper on top of me 

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