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Re: After Irises, what then?

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] After Irises, what then?
  • From: "wendy sargeant" <wendon@dcsi.net.au>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 11:09:59 +1100

Hi Jan and all,
Thank you for reminding me Jan, that lavenders need a limey soil. I did know
that but was determined to try and grow them, but again as we have acidic
soil it is most logical that they wouldn't/arent' thriving.In the try to
grow them processs, I had forgotten their proper cultural
requirements..Perhaps it is a common gardener fault, always wanting/trying
to grow the impossible in the wrong spot.
Whats blooming now: Masses and masses of JI's, sheer heaven. I have a new
digital camera so I am going to play amateur photgrapher and see if I can
capture their beauty on film, or whatever you call it..If you hear any yells
of frustration , it will be sure to be me...
Cheers for Now from Wendy Sargeant, Zone 8/9, Victoria, Aus.
P.S. As to my buddleias..I hack them down to stumps in autumn and now they
are towering over the old dairy shed covered in masses of buds.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2001 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] After Irises, what then?

> >I have been reading this thread and thought I grow many of those
> >plants..all except for lavender, which doesnt like my soil,
> Wendy, lavenders like lime, even more than TB's do. They also like fairly
> good drainage. Perhaps raised beds, or a bit of sand or fine stone mixed
> would help.
> >. However my buddleias all grow rampantly and flower abundantly. I
> >love them, so do all the birds and insects.
> I miss mine from our old place. The bird life was great, specially the
> eaters. The new people have chopped them all out, along with a lot of the
> wattles etc. They profess to like the birds, but have almost completely
> destroyed their habitat. Despite our cat, we had prolific bird life. I
> that here, as the garden has a long way to go.
> Terriffic shrubs/trees to satisfy
> >the nasal senses and wonderful plants to satisfy the frantic pruner in us
> >all:)
> I am one of these. Buddleias actually do better if pruned hard once or
> a year. I cut mine back to around 2' tall after bloom, and it is a good
> to trim them a little before they make flower buds, to keep them from
> getting too tall, and to increase the amount of bloom.
> Cheers Jan in Aus, also getting ready to plant out (pot up) TB's from
> Colleen, and from Barry Blyth.
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