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Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:12

LOL!  I think that's normal droopy Will - the stems are fleshy as they are growing and it has feet to grow, which it will and by summer it will be tall and firm and the flowers are gorgeous.  Well worth it.  It looks fine and maybe just keep it moist.  Mine were very droopy yesterday but look as if they're doing fine now.  Don't chop down any of yours.  It will grow fine.

Transplant a rose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:53

NoviceGardener2 - I agree with Lynda - don't prune it - but I'd suggest you give it a couple of watering cans of water and wait an hour or so before you start your attempt to dig a distance around it and ease it out.  I've always found that a good watering helps - and spurned on by a video I once saw of the late Jeff Hamilton advocating a good deep watering before removing - and then providing a good deep watering when you transplant - I finally had success in moving my roses - which still bloomed at the normal time after I'd transplanted them at this time of year.  I also sprinkled the roots and some of the base of the new hole with myochorzzial granules (can never spell that unless I'm looking at the label) which was also their advice.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 19:54:26

Clematis ' Doctor Mary '

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:40

Lord! That's lovely.  How are you growing it Richard i.e. do you trail it horizontally or round something or upwards?  It's a beauty.

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:29

Quick update:  I've just dashed outside to take a look at mine in the pot.  Blowing a gale - but new shoots have come up and it seems to have perked up after a watering can full of water this morning.  I never looked back to check as I was so busy covering up seedlings in the beds and mulching perennials as we are expecting frost the next few evenings and perhaps some hail and sleet (Scotland)!

It doesn't look as droopy as it did!  So if the frost and expected rotten weather doesn't go for it negatively, it looks strong enough (I think!) to perhaps stay in the pot.

I'm sure yours will be fine WillDB once it gets used to a new home.

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:13

WillDB - I've had a Thalictrum 'Elin' growing fully exposed for a couple of years - it was massively tall and very happy in a small bed which had not been topped up with any decent garden compost for a couple of years also.

However, because of the sun coming from only one direction to my garden - it always attempted to lean towards it and I had it supported with canes around it two thirds of the way up in height.  Which was ok as it's beautiful leaves (stunning after a shower) bushed out and covered the canes. 

In February I decided to transplant it into a very large pot away from the middle of the garden.  This doesn't look to have been the wisest move.  It has thrown up new shoots but both the shoots and the leaves look wilting and have not become erect.  It is in good compost - but I'm contemplating getting it back in soil again to see if it will pick up.  It was always beautifully erect and strong so I'm kicking myself at having moved it at all.

My bet is that once May kicks in, it will revive.  I keep it moist after having an initial couple of big drinks.  I'm sure both yours and my own will perk up soon.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 19:13:59

Unsure on this plant?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:34

ginasearle - I have no idea what the correct way to prune is.  Mine grow so bushy by June - 3 foot high and the same wide that I'm afraid I am brutal with them at this time of the year.  I only bought them as small plants 3 years ago and they have been tough as old boots and seem to grow really fast after May kicks in.

At the moment, I have brutally chopped both of them so that they look quite pathetic at the moment as you can see in this photo.  I've done this in Spring since I've had them.  I have no idea if it does the plant any harm but they put on an excellent show all summer up until November.  Even in the summer when some stalks get in the way - they cascade out in all directions - I just cut the stems back any length I want and it has, so far, never affected the plant at all.

The smell of the leaves is wonderful and even as I was chopping them, the aroma is still there all summer and winter.

But then again, your plant may not be this particular salvia - it looks very very similar but I can't tell 100%.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 00:42:09

Does anyone know what these are?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:16

First certainly Centrathus Ruber and name other poster gives it above.  Mine were only labelled 'Centranthus Ruber' when I first bought them.

I have a couple of two year-old plants which I grow with the tall orange Geum Prinses Julianne for a colour clash!!!!   This photo was last year.  This year I've transplanted them to another part of the garden because their height was causing too much shade for a rose behind them.

I suspect I've messed up the transplanting though.  I've moved both plants and the Geum so that I have the same colour effect.  But I didn't know what to do with the Centranthus so I cut it down to about a foot a month ago.  Nothing happening with either of them yet but am hoping fresh growth might kick in in May, after the forecast of sleet and hail (Scotland) for the next few days!


Last edited: 23 April 2017 00:17:12

Unsure on this plant?

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:18

Wonder if it could be a Salvia Hot Lips?  They have an almost citrus/herb smell.  Have lovely white and red flowers right through summer.  I have two of these plants and your photo looks like them or very similar.  They grow like a small bush - although I chop mine down in the autumn.   This picture is from last July when fewer flowers had both red and white and were turning mostly red.  My two are about 3 ft high in summer.

Last edited: 19 April 2017 19:21:24

Acer Purchases Today (ID)

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 10:48

Those are lovely acers.  I know little to nothing about acers but planted a small one in a pot two summers ago.  I was told not to keep it in a pot just bigger than the root - which I did.  This may not have been the best advice though, I wouldn't know.

However, it hasn't changed at all in two years and I'm thinking maybe I ought to just get it into a bigger pot.  Also, it isn't ericaceous compost and I'm wondering if it should be.

Any advice would be appreciated.  I've contemplated planting it in the garden but there isn't really room as it is a very small garden.

Schizostylis coccinea (crimson Kaffir Lily)

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:30

Thanks for that Alan.  Appreciate it.

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