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Post by Lorraine on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 10:34

I got a little over-enthusiastic with all this gardening and bought bulbs, corms and stuff that I now have a problem with. i.e. Nowhere to put them!!!! Laughing Hard

So, I have decided to put all my lilies into pots this year. I have 3 dahlias in the bed but have decided to put my Bishops and Lilac Time into pots too. I even have a couple of roses that will go into pots as I can't fit them all into the bed.

My Blueberry bush will go into a pot, as obviously with my soil, that's the right thing to do. I also bought another couple of shrubs. The Ribes has gone into the bed, but I'm stuck with nowhere for my Smoke Bush, so that's going in a large pot too. That worries me a bit, as it's a shrub that needs no pruning and will certainly outgrow a pot in a couple of years. Still, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

But...I also have 10 beautiful, deep burgundy gladioli corms. Can they go into pots or not? I'm expecting an answer of no to that one, but maybe not. If I have to put them into a bed, then they'll have to go at the back of one that gets no sun in that particular spot.

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Post by Di Masters on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 11:50

Don't know really, but as long as it's big enough for you to stake them if needed, I don't see why not. Are they the really tall ones or shorter version?

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Post by Guest on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 11:57

I have had gladies in a long "pot" but only a couple of them came up the following year.

I like things in pots, easier to keep tidy!

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Post by Guest on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 12:47

Well Lorraine, you are best to put them at the back of your borders, because they won't do well in a pot I'm afraid. Surely you could pop them in the border out of the way as they would make a lovely backdrop between the roses.

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Post by Guest on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 13:51

Agree with Patty. Not that I can garden any more, but I used to love it.
I always had tall flowers at the back of the borders. It sets the whole scene really -
just like backing paper does on a card.

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Post by Maria on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 14:31

I dont know about the glads... gave them up as they kept falling over, but I would put the smoke bush in the ground if you can... Mine here is about 15 foot (I take the top out each year) and the one I had in the Uk got pretty big too (sort of hydrangea size). Mine is Cotinus 'Grace' is that what yours is? lovely plant.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 17:01

No idea, as I'm a hopeless gardener but they sound luscious, watching this space for the pics of them in bloom later on.

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 25 Mar 2009 - 18:06

Patty wrote:Well Lorraine, you are best to put them at the back of your borders, because they won't do well in a pot I'm afraid.
See, I just knew you were going to say that. Crying or Very sad I figured as much though as they are so tall and if (big IF) I manage to get them to grow, I would like them to do well. They are 'Black Star' variety and such a lovely colour. I did think about putting them behind the roses, but as they're best planted in groups I won't have enough. Still, I could alternate them with something else tall, I suppose. In the rose bed, they would get plenty of sun whereas at the back of the other bed which I referred to in my first post, they would get no sun at all.

Maria, the Cotinus is 'Royal Purple' but I seriously don't have anywhere for it. If you look at the shrub bed, you'll see that the only gaps are right under the Leylandi and nothing is happy there.

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Post by gingerjo on Thu 26 Mar 2009 - 23:23

I have a couple of glads, but they seem to not do so well each year that passes.

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Post by supergran on Fri 27 Mar 2009 - 11:29

I have lots of gladdy leaves but can only remember seeing two flower heads, they are spread all along the borders, in the sun out of the sun and under the large bushes I want bottoming.

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Post by Guest on Fri 27 Mar 2009 - 13:03

No glads here. Too windy - even if they're staked.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 22:57

Well, I ended up putting the glads behind the roses alternating with hollhocks.

And...they're shooting now. Mr Green
Can't wait to see if they grow.

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