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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Zigs, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Heucherella

    Heucherella Gardener

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    I may already have quite a few heucheras... But then again there is always room for one more!
     
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    • Ilkley Gardeners

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      We had our final Plant Auction last night and there were some plants I've never seen before, or indeed heard of, but I managed to make a successful bid!

      Snowflakes!

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      • intel

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        Yesterday, we stopped off at Sandhurst Kent, there was a plant sale at the
        Old School House and got 3 bags of Iris's a fiver for all 3 bags...............potted
        them up and in total got 9 plants :dbgrtmb:

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        • Heucherella

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          I went to a plant fair at Rosemoor at the weekend, and picked up 3 Himalayan poppies. I have some nice dappled shade in my woodland which I am hoping they will like.

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          I also had a look around the plant centre..(well it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?) and bought a Halimiocistus wintonensis, and a nice red broom, (the plant, not the tool :snork: ).

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          I am thinking of planting the two next to each other on my dry sunny bank, and adding my Allium sphaerocephalum which are currently in pots. I think they will all coordinate well. :spinning:
           
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          • Verdun

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            Envious heucherella :sad:
            Cant grow the blue poppy down here. Can grow most things but not that beauty !
             
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            • longk

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              I don't often buy plants but village/charity plant sales are too good an opportunity to pass up, both in terms of freeing up space by getting shot of surpluss seedlings and divisions and also for cheap plants that you might not find elsewhere locally. On Saturday it was the turn of the village church in aid of the holiday fund for local underprivelleged children and I bought a few things;
              a couple of massive Cyclamen coums, some nice terracotta pots, an interesting tender Tradescantia and this Clivia...............
              [​IMG]Clivia miniata by longk48, on Flickr

              It's a large flowering sized plant that cost me all of a quid :yes:
              I should feel guilty really but as I contributed about forty plants I don't :snork:
               
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              • Jack Sparrow

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                image.jpeg Last weekend was our annual summer BBQ where we invite all our neighbours and closest friends. I believe this year the were a total of 14 attendees including my wife and I. That's a nice little gathering. What do you think to my slab work? Anyway I have one a two pots kicking around the garden and every year I have to rush out and buy something nice to put in them. I'm sure most of the plants I buy are supposed to be perrenials but I've never managed to keep one yet. This year, as money is exceptionally tight I told myself that I wasn't going to buy anything new. Needless to say I succumbed.image.jpeg
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                I took these photos pretty much as soon as I had finished potting. A couple of weeks on and they are doing very well. I have every intention of keeping these plants going, especially the budleja which I have high hopes for.

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                • Verdun

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                  Slab work is excellent....can smell the food on BBQ Gary :rasp:
                  How about a thyme in a pot there? One called Silver Posie is a little different from many....taller for a start and then cascading. Silver foliage with subtle pink colouring and pink flowers in summer. A highly tactile, aromatic evergreen and wont break the bank. Place it in the sun :SUNsmile:and give it a sharp draining compost for a low maintenance perennial. :)
                  A prostrate rosemary too....another aromatic evergreen reliable perennial and the prostrate varieties have the best and brightest blue flowers.....??
                   
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                  • Jack Sparrow

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                    image.jpeg Hi @Verdun. Unfortunately that spot is too close to the outbuildings to be in the sun. Last year my wife bought me this. I have always liked the big displays they have outside hotels, pub etc. The big tubes with holes all the way down. They always look spectacular. I'm sure they take a lot of work to look like that. I wanted to create something like that on a smaller scale. I thought it would brighten up that corner and soften the hard edges. As I said though, it's not in the sun. I'm not sure what to do with it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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                    • Verdun

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                      For summer impatiens would thrive in those ......they are now disease resistant. All white?
                      Or heucheras? Amazing foliage colours nowadays......buy one (cadge pieces from someone...they divide and grow away easily.....
                      and divide it into 3 or 4 plants. Red heucheras in top tier and bottom; yellow in centre???
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                      Carex (evergreen and similar to grasses) on the top and heucheras, brunneras (Hadspen Cream) or a geranium like phaem Margaret Wilson with its grey foliage and pink/purple flowers will all do well in shade
                       
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                        I have just been looking at imperata cylindrica rubra. Would that work in that planter? Perhaps in the middle?

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                          Gary, Imperata (red baron) is lovely....got a few clumps here.
                          You would need to use a john innes compost....3 for me....and it is shallow rooting so that planter would be ok in that sense. The downsides though......it is not hardy everywhere, it is deciduous, it needs reasonable moisture, can sulk, likes to spread and it doesnt turn red until early/mid summer; until then it is just a green emerging grass. I also think it would look "bitty" in that planter. It needs a companion plant to contrast with or complement.....here a white anemone in one area, a blue grey mounded hebe in another and dwarf blue delphiniums in another.
                          Really a plant for the ground Gary :)
                           
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                            Hope your Poppies are doing well. Do you know the variety? Some are fertile and others aren't. The fertile ones aren't too difficult from seed. I grow lots in both sun and shade. They like acid soil, try and feed them huge amounts of manure which they replay you with by flowering really well and try not to let other plants crowd them. If they get crowded they really object. I grow most of mine in shrub beds with azaleas and Rhododendrons and not in my herbaceous borders for this reason.
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                              Envious silu. Really, really envious.:noidea:
                              The blue poppy is something I cannot grow down here in Cornwall.
                              I have so many blue flowered plants and I covet this one ......lovely silu :)
                               
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                                @Jack Sparrow

                                I agree and although it's a fairly vigorous plant it is happy to be cut back - a useful thing with herbs :heehee:

                                Tends to look scrappy for some of the year and I'm not sure it will survive where you live. Ours struggles and we're an hour further south than you.

                                Same here.
                                @silu the seeds you sent us didn't take. :noidea:
                                 

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