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Happy New Year - Johnstown - Plants

09 January 2018 09:53:01

Happy New Year everyone, I am very excited to be going to Johnstown on Saturday to see you all as I was away in January the last two years! 

Bit of a change in the weather today, foggy, dull and wet here at my house.

I have Erigeron Karvinskianus and this Leucanthemum (I think) - it was given to me as a division.  It is quite tall so maybe someone could correct me on the name. Let me know if you would like some.

JoanG JoanG 09 January 2018 14:15:17

Hi Linda, looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Could I please have a little piece of the Erigeron? I'll post what I have to offer this evening. 

LindaB LindaB 09 January 2018 18:47:14

Yes certainly Joan, see you Saturday.

Moya Moya 09 January 2018 20:46:37

Hi Linda, I would love some of the Erigeron if you have loads. I won't be able to put up a list until Thursday.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 January 2018 21:42:28

Hi Linda. If you got the tall white daisy from me it is probably Leucanthemum Superbum Becky - grows to over 5 ft in my garden!

LindaB LindaB 10 January 2018 09:33:50

Will do Moya.  Hazel it wasn't from you it was from a local neighbour, I think the leaves on mine are thicker, will show you on Saturday.

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 23:11:02

some Leucanthemum please Linda, thanks

LindaB LindaB 12 January 2018 10:10:58

Will do Joann.

Cornus Kousa Claudia

02 November 2017 15:01:43

Claudia is bringing a ray of sunshine to the garden.  I also have a China Girl but the leaves are wind burnt and did not turn the lovely red colour.  I love shrubs that give Autumn Colour, I think generally the colours around this Autumn/Winter have been amazing.

Jackie Jackie 02 November 2017 19:04:38

That is a beauty Linda........I too love the colours around at this time! Even all those leaves that are everywhere!! 

fraoch fraoch 02 November 2017 20:11:19

That is really lovely.

accsean accsean 02 November 2017 20:51:32

Hi Linda, i was only admiring my Cornus kousa chinensis today. Claudia sure is lovely. I agree that the colours in genaral are great this autumn.

JoanG JoanG 02 November 2017 21:21:30

Beautiful shrub Linda; Cornus are great for autumn colour and I too love the colours of the season.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 November 2017 21:49:57

That's a beauty alright. I love autumn colours, but hate autumn weather. But we've been lucky so far. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 November 2017 07:21:07

Gorgeous colour and a wonderful plant to have in your garden.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 November 2017 10:46:59

A real beauty and will only get more beautiful as it grows!

Scrubber Scrubber 06 November 2017 20:45:03

Such a rich tone Linda, lovely. There are so many cornus arent there? I have china girl but she doesnt colour much and she has yet to give me flowers-after about six years!!!! My other cornus colours well.

Scrubber Scrubber 06 November 2017 20:45:04

Such a rich tone Linda, lovely. There are so many cornus arent there? I have china girl but she doesnt colour much and she has yet to give me flowers-after about six years!!!! My other cornus colours well.

Small rant!

18 October 2017 14:19:23

Just something that irritates me is when someone employs a leaf blower to blow every thing from their garden onto the street and leaves (pardon the pun) it there!!!

Why not pop it into a bag!  

Rant over! 

MargieD MargieD 18 October 2017 14:45:01

Can understand your annoyance Linda. But surely if they blow away leaves can they not vacuum them up instead? I've a really basic model and it does both... great as the leaves are broken down to small % of bulk and I bag them then. 

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:53:28

I have never had one but I presumed there was a model where you could vacuum them up, seems logical to me.  Do they not realise that they will just blow back in!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 October 2017 15:48:00

Most of them suck AND blow. I wouldn't bother with one, to be quite honest-. You'd get a better work-out using a rake.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 October 2017 21:26:43

They are very handy clearing leaves on hard surfaces! and if the leaves are dry they work well on lawns. jacinta I get my work out carrying the tarpaulins down to the bottoms where they turn into lovely compost. I agree Linda that that behaviour is inexcusable.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 22:27:28

Leaves leaves leaves! I see lots of lovely leafmould! My last years leaves were put into a builders sack and I'm delighted to see that once I take back the top few inches I have beautiful leafmould! Blower comes in very handy for blowing excess leaves out of flowerbeds but the "suck" action is fatal on gravel! I blew a hole in the collecting bag of mine a couple of years ago LOL

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2017 07:00:00

Hm, yes, you two. Good points. I keep forgetting that some people here have parks and woodlands for their gardens. LOL

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:52:30

Yes happens everywhere all the time and is quite incosiderate to blow them out on the public areas as when wet they are a hazard for walking on. But they are simple machines that suck them up or even go over a lawn with a lawnmower to minimise the amount around but some people obviously aren't bothered to do either and just blast them out of their space.

Seed heads

10 October 2017 16:58:47

I was doing a chop on certain perennials which were recommended before the winter and one was Ligularia.  But the seed heads on this Ligularia Othello were so nice I could bring myself to chop them down yet!!!

PCON PCON 10 October 2017 19:44:22

No harm at all to leave them there. Fionnuala Fallon in Sunday Independent is against cutting them off. They provide food for birds

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 October 2017 19:57:52

I don't blame you leaving them. They're gorgeous. But you could just save SOME seeds for yourself, and leave the rest for the birds.

JoanG JoanG 10 October 2017 20:41:33

I agree Linda, they're far too nice to chop down!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 October 2017 09:04:03

I thing they look gorgeous and if covered with frost will look even better. 

LindaB LindaB 11 October 2017 14:18:14

Thats what I was thinking!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 October 2017 22:31:51

They are very pretty! My Ligularia seedheads are a very uninteresting black!!!

Jackie Jackie 13 October 2017 08:22:47

Oh don't chop them. Imagine the frost on those !! 

Echinacea - 3 plants!

02 October 2017 09:54:33

A plant that did exceptionally well for me this year were the Echinacea, I love them, they flower and flower and the bees and butterflies love them!  Oh and they look good too!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 October 2017 18:53:27

I love the second one. Is it E. 'White Swan'?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 October 2017 20:46:26

They are great plants for late summer. I too love the white one.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 October 2017 00:52:31

Among my favourites too!

Jackie Jackie 03 October 2017 08:01:13

Love these too and the white is a welcome change too 

JoanG JoanG 03 October 2017 21:49:15

All three look super Linda; I especially like the first and second. 

LindaB LindaB 04 October 2017 12:01:25

Yes the white is 'White Swan'.

 

Keego Keego 24 October 2017 13:43:15

They look great Linda and I like the way you have repeated them in the border. Did you grow these from seed. I have found over the years that they can be short lived but apparantly they do not like to be crowded so this is good to know.

LindaB LindaB 25 October 2017 08:12:44

Hi Mary, at the moment I am finding they get better each year so will be interesting to see how long they live, they are certainly not crowded at the moment.  These ones are two years old.  I got them in Lidl - very cheap, 3 roots in a bag in early spring which I potted up and transferred to the bed when they were big enough. 

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