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What is Looking Good in JULY 2021

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by wiseowl, Jun 30, 2021.

  1. Sheal

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    Your garden's looking lovely again @Perki. :thumbsup: Can you tell me what the yellow flowered plant in post #157, image 5 is please?
     
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      We have an area in our front garden that has a number of trees and shrubs that has been growing wild. Earlier this year I started clearing some of the multitude of weeds that grew there and I'm sure I could have started a National Collection of them! Unfortunately I did continue to sort the area out and have only just gone back in to look.

      I found these flowering there.

      The rose doesn't look too happy :noidea:
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      But these Clematis are working their way up to the light
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      At the other end of the garden by our veg plot we have some Dahlias that we never protect in the winter but always come back each year. This is the first to flower
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      This grows near it and they, with all the other flowers we have around the veg plot, attract the pollinating insects
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      Annabelle is flowering now and has grown quite well since we cut it down to 6" in the Autumn
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        Some Lilies
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        I was going to call this a poppy lily :whistle:
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        But then took the poppy petals out of it
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        Hebe salicifolia is quite a showy plant that grows tall and has long flowers about 6". One of our plants is over 6ft tall
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        We have quite few Hebes that flower at different times of year
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        Our front lawn has a lovely collection of buttercups daisies and - forgotten the name of this :doh:
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          Lovely @shiney . We have a quite a few Hebes too, love them. Love your white ' showy' one, haven't seen that before. Stunning!!
           
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            Yes, I did, Strongy, but sadly it never too root
            . :sad:
             
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            Thanks, :blue thumb:

            Like most other Hebes it's tough as old boots and we never do anything to it apart from cutting it back with the hedge cutter (it's big enough to be able to do that). We don't have time to feed or mollycoddle our plants :noidea: :)
             
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              No we don't either...never wanted to admit to that before because I thought most people on here did feed all theirs!!
              I said to my hubs just the other day that I was constantly surprised at how well plants do in our borders considering we never enrich it. I can remember my parent ordering piles of manure and digging it all in.
              Don't feel so bad now!!:heehee:
               
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                I don't feed anything either. Well, maybe once a year certain things might get a dose. We are on red clay and the things in pots are in the cheap compost from the DIY costing 2,35E for 40 ltr.
                 
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                  Most plants have always looked healthy and floriferous in my fertile heavy clay, so feeding them when there's no indication of them struggling has always seemed like a really peculiar idea to me! :dunno: Surely where plants need regular feeding is in thinner, poorer soils. :noidea:

                  Hebes are one of my favourite genera ATM along with eryngiums, I have 'High Voltage' and am just about to plant 'Midsummer Beauty' and 'Great Orme'. After seeing Shiney's I want a salicifolia now! :heehee:

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                    We're on clay too Nick...the lakes opposite us use to be huge clay quarries :)
                     
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                      I only feed my Fuchsias in pots, but haven't done it this year and they're hopeless ...
                      and my cacti once a year in the spring, and I haven't done that this year either, and they are also hopeless.
                      I never feed the garden, and I never water it even in this weather. Everything looks fine, the roots go down deep enough to get moisture.
                       
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                        Clay's great in terms of hardly ever needing watering when plants are established, isn't it Upsy... not that I'm lazy or anything! :whistle::biggrin:

                        Looking good are Knautia 'Mars Midget', Achillea 'Lilac Beauty' and Salvia 'African Sky', the last of these is so floriferous in its third year that it has collapsed due to the weight of its flowers and had to be tied back yesterday! :frown::heehee:

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                          The giant Mandevilla looks good backed by the Plumbago ...

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                            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                            I virtually never fed a plant growing in the ground, and rarely water anything ornamental.
                            It has to be able to look after itself.

                            I do feed container plants and more and more as the season progresses.
                             
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                              You gardeners on clay or loamy soil are lucky, I have to feed and water regularly on my thin chalky soil. All nutrients get washed away by rain.

                              More established ornamentals will survive without me and some apple trees. Otherwise all that would grow are weeds.
                               
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