Gardening Aspirations For 2018

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  1. longk

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    What's a wandflower?
     
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      Forgotten what sort of soil you have Gary......good drainage, holds moisture??? As a bit of a plant collector....ha ha, that is an understatement.....I grow loads of perennials that will allow bulbs of all sorts to grow through them.
      Get a couple of quality perennials in if you can :)
       
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      Wandflower for me means gauras. Think maybe Gary means wind flower, again for me, equals anemone.
      Common names can be used for several different plants that's why the latin names are so important :)
       
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        hope I get "ONE" blue poppy, from seed to mature. other than that, my garden is to maintain, prune and continue to organize.
         
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          @Sheal , keep in mind you have those pine needles, which effect the Ph of the soil, when choosing your plantings. different than acidic regular tree leaves.
           
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            Thanks @redstar. The pines are at the top end of the garden and the soil is so thin there - there isn't much chance of planting near or under them. I'll be planting further down away from those. :)
             
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              I couldn't remember the Latin name and I couldn't find the link to wandflower. I remembered it was also called harlequin flower. The Latin name is sparaxis. I'm in no hurry so I will organise what I've got and then I can see what room I have available. I still have to wait for my alliums to bloom so I know whether I like them and whether I want to move them.

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                I have been looing at verbena samira deep red. Would that do the job? I have plenty of left over ivy that I can interchange with it.

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                    This one looks so unusual Gary plus there's some beauties with the images i've just seen :thumbsup:

                    Verbena Samira \'deep Red Star\' at Thompson-Morgan
                     
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                    Yes it's sometimes strange dealing with plant names etc. Not only here in the Uk, a plant can be called by one name in the North and a different one down South. So often the botanical names are overlooked. Times past, it was generally accepted that the 'posh' names of plants were all Latin. So much truth in that. Latin now seems to be confined to science. Inbrief, the 'Latin name' actually gave a basic description of the plant as well as placing it in group, nomenclature etc. I would love to see nurserymen and growers actually label plants using the botanical name first, followed by the common name.

                    I often have correspondence with gardeners/horticulturist from across the world. Believe me you can't imagine some of the names that crop up. At one point in my horticultural career in the 1970's. I insisted that the staff/students labelled seed trays, pots etc with the botanical name on one side and the common name on the other. No problems.
                     
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                      Did they have enough room for the common names? Some of them have a dozen or more! :doh:
                       
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