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  1. CarolineL

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    @Nikolaos - I found choisya ternata Sundance did rather well in my clay Newark garden. I added compost but no grit. And basic choisya also grew well in my mum's coastal welsh sandy garden. I think it's pretty unkillable.
     
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      @CarolineL Well it doesn't thrive, but it certainly refuses to die! :smile: Might try a mix of MPC and a little sharp sand then. I think it's also far too low in my back garden, it slopes slightly and is boggy at the bottom and the top of the front garden might suit it much better, thanks for the info. :)

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        @Nikolaos yes, my one in clay was at the slightly drier end of my garden.
         
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          Choisyas like it as free draining as possible here.....waterlogging is likely to be biggest threat to them. A plant I never water. Here one is 14’ high and prob 10’ across despite regular pruning. Lovely evergreen and such a big plant gives out fragrance to spare in its secluded sitting area:)
           
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            Neighbours tree branches are growing over my garage so I bought a grim reaper tool.

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            Could do a lot of damage with that....

            Got a Kniphofia orange vanilla popsicle arriving tomorrow :)
             
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              Nice weapon BellaBlue :)

              Orange vanilla Popsickle is a delightful plant......prob my favourite of the popsickles. Have a few large clumps of it here; watch out for slugs though. They love it:)

              On my return today, a friend left me a couple of salvias she had rooted for me. All rooted and potted and ones I didn’t have :yay: Aren’t folks kind, sometimes?
               
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                How tall does your vanilla popsicle grow? @Verdun I got this one as it said 45cm height as I didn't want one that was too big. Soooooo many of them to choose from.
                 
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                  Hiya BellaBlue :)
                  Don’t worry, it is a “dwarf”.....here all the popsickles are much the same at about 60 cm or so. Maybe 80 for Mango. I’ll try and post a picture tomorrow or over the weekend. Nice with blue flowers esp I think :)
                  Be assured though, they are well behaved and unlike the bigger kniphofias have neat attractive grass like foliage. Also they flower for the whole summer
                  I have Lemon, Pineapple, Red Hot, Mango, Orange Vanilla. All good. Yep! You can be addicted to them.
                   
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                    Thanks @Verdun seems like I made the right choice for me. It just so happens that Anchusa Loddon Royalist is on my want list and it just happens to be very blue :spinning:
                     
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                      Ah! Perfect :)
                       
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                        I have just bought a delphinium Highlander Flamenco. Can I divide it now and plant out the 2 halves? I know exactly where I want them to go.

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                          I have a new crab apple! It's a variety called Laura which has dark red apples, bronze-coloured new foliage, and should grow upright and not too large. Looks like a nice healthy bushy specimen anyway.
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                          It's actually a replacement for another tree, which I had purchased as a "Jelly King" crab apple tree a couple of years ago. That had no fruit at all the first year, and just two this summer; as those grew and grew it became evident that they were actually some kind of dessert apple! As the tree was also growing big and sprawly and disease-prone I hoicked it out and put in this one.

                          More or less opposite is the "Autumn Spire" rowan I put in earlier this year - some of the leaves got a little scorched in the recent hot weather but otherwise it seems happy:
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                          Both should grow upright and slender and I hope complement each other - leaves and fruits as well as the overall shape. And both came from Buy trees, fruit trees, shrubs and gifts from Mail Order Trees who seem a good reliable firm.

                          Here's a general view of the garden but I couldn't stand far enough back to get both trees in the shot! You can just about see the crab apple's lower shoots on the left, at about 9 o'clock in relation to the central pavement dial - the rowan is at 3 o'clock. (Or would be if the paving showed the hours, rather than a zodiac!)IMG_2503.JPG
                           
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                            Hi @BellaBlue . I have the mango popsicle. It's been in the ground for 2 years and it's doing brilliantly.

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                              I bought an assortment of Popsicle kniphofias as plug plants last autumn. They've established and flowered really well. Delightful little plants!
                               
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                                Hi Gary
                                I usually divide delphiniums in late summer after flowering. Simple enough to do with a knife or pruning saw. Trim off foliage and I pot them up. Spring is prob the ideal time though but this is such a hectic time that I get these jobs done in autumn.:)
                                However, a newly bought delphinium? I assume it’s in a 3 litre pot! I would prefer to grow it on and propagate next year
                                 
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