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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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A Risky Business

12 May 2011 20:23:06
Dalmera peltata

Dalmera peltata

I did gallons of planting today but just in one bed.

The bed is the one around our stone circle, with the table and benches on it, where we eat.

Last year this bed had a lot of giant Verbascum in it and Lychnis coronaria, and very well they looked too.

But, as the Verbascum flowered, it died. And the short lived Lychnis is nearly all gone too, leaving large gaps.

Today I planted too many things to list and took a risk by planting out non-hardy items already - Colocasia, Tetrapanax and bananas. I am trying to give the bed a 'giant-leaf, tropical feel'.

I also used Agastache 'Sangria' extensively. I saw this red-flowered plant in June Blake's last year and just had to have it. It has come well from seed.


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Jacinta Jacinta 12 May 2011 20:35:14

Dalmera looking so sexy!


Rachel Rachel 12 May 2011 21:01:35

Yeah, looking so moody this evening :)


Hosta Hosta 12 May 2011 21:37:16

Sounds like it will be an interesting bed with those big leaves,  darmera looking good.


andyf7 andyf7 12 May 2011 21:42:48

worth taking the chance with planting the non hardy plants, when your sitting their on a balmy summer evening, glass in hand, it will be so worth the effort.


Myrtle Myrtle 12 May 2011 21:50:40

It will look great!


Monkells Monkells 12 May 2011 22:28:21

I can just see you in your sub tropical area in the sunny south east!!!  :-)


Keego Keego 12 May 2011 22:43:38

Sounds Fab Rachel and hopefully should be safe for the non hardy plants the Darmera looks lovely


ladygardener ladygardener 12 May 2011 22:45:28

I'm looking forward to seeing it how I wish some of those plants were hardier!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 12 May 2011 23:26:21

Hopefully all will do well for you Darmera looks fabulous in the sun.


Violeta Violeta 12 May 2011 23:33:53

Cant wait to see all you beautiful work done! :-)


fran m fran m 13 May 2011 08:05:40

All should be ok at this stage, will look great in no time, well done.


Clara Clara 13 May 2011 08:25:04

Looks like it will be a big one,   and you were working hard again.


LindaB LindaB 13 May 2011 08:36:39

Hi Rachel, just googled the Agastache 'Sangria' looks lovely, looking forward to seeing that.


Rachel Rachel 13 May 2011 11:17:30

I am taking a risk but, if frost is forecast, I'll just have to get the fleece out!


Lìga Lìga 14 May 2011 07:46:16

Well done you:))Soil in my garden is like cement,i waiting for better times for planting.


Drumanagh Drumanagh 18 May 2011 21:05:23

I got 'Sangria' seeds after seeing (and smelling) it in June's garden too. My seeds aren't looking too good though so far!


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