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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Hardy Osteospermum - for Periwinkle

02 May 2011 16:27:39
Osteospermum ?

Osteospermum ?

Two winters ago Periwinkle gave me some divisions from her garden in Donegal. Although I potted them up before the big freeze, there were many casualties. Plants in pots are always more vulnerable and these were outside, not even in the greenhouse.

Among the divisions were some clumps of hardy Osteospermum (possibly jucundum, but I would be pleased if someone could give me a name). I lost most but two clumps survived and were planted in my long border in 2010. They didn't flower that year.

Anyway, here they are now in flower! And they are just as lovely as the tender Osteospermum. Both clumps are covered in buds so I have a long season to look forward to. Thanks, Periwinkle.


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fran m fran m 02 May 2011 19:38:12

Looking great, sorry no help with name.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 02 May 2011 21:51:44

Glad they survived with you Rachel! Sorry I dont knowthe name of this variety as I have it for many years. Some of mine were damaged over the winter but glad to say are doing well now and starting to bloom too! They love the sun!


Rachel Rachel 02 May 2011 22:01:12

They will get plenty of sun where they are, Periwinkle, if ever the wind stops. These ones came through last winter, no bother, since they were in the ground. I love them.


Lìga Lìga 02 May 2011 22:27:52

I have one too,no idea from where(i have one-cuttings from some garden),was very happy to see it alive after winter,and now it flowering too.


Keego Keego 02 May 2011 23:24:37

After having these for many years I lost them last Winter - a great flowerer all Summer long - love the way they open up during the day and close in the evening when the sun goes down.


andyf7 andyf7 02 May 2011 23:48:33

they are a great provider all summer, looks like the wind is blowing strong.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 03 May 2011 10:42:03

Great to have little plants like that surviving the winters.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 May 2011 22:14:46

I got some of these from a neighbour about two years ago and they just go from strength to strength. I left the foliage on them over the winter and then cut them to the ground in February. They aren't in flower yet (the usual 3 week delay for Laois) but they look very healthy and I look forward to the lovely display all summer long!


Rachel Rachel 03 May 2011 23:16:58

It's great to hear all these good reports. I love ordinary Osteospermum but can't keep it over winter. This is a great solution.


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