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For Kath...Fuchsia Fun!

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I’ve always liked Fuchsias, but until this year I haven’t really grown many, and only the hardy ones.

But this year, Kath (Scotkat) was kind enough to give me a few new ones and that awakened a greater interest. I’ve enjoyed them tremendously this year…from the one I have in a basket that I picked up in the GC…..

To the beautiful contrasting foliage and flowers of hardy Fuchsia ‘Genii’ (which I will be taking cuttings of incase it isn’t a good winter for them).

And the sumptuous flowers of Madeline Sweeney…

Madeline is also one that Kath gave me. It’s only just starting to flower, but what a cracking plant and the flowers are huge!

Here are two of the ones I got from GW offer….Delta’s Sarah…

…and Amy Nurse

Incidentally, I’ve been feeding with Maxicrop Seaweed extract this year, and it has been excellent. Also the occasional splash of Miracle Grow, but I might not use that in future, as I prefer the organic Seaweed, and it is great for getting the roots really established.

Look Kath, even Phyllis, who was severely chew-pruned by Willow months ago, has recovered, shaped up well and may even flower soon…..Willow will not be taking over the pruning duties though!

I’ve been nurturing my standard ‘Mandarin Cream’ – a beautiful one that Kath gave me….which might be entered in a showsome day..as I think it is so pretty it really needs to be shown off! Kath, I’ve removed all the side shoots and she is in the greenhouse. I keep having to remove all the new buds in the hope that she will grow a bit more before the end of the summer! Going to try to get her right up to a Metre.

I’ve really enjoyed my Fuchsias this year thanks to Kath, and whenever I am tending them I hear Kath saying to me…“just get the enjoyment from them” and I do! :))

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A nice collection begining to build up there Karen;0)

17 Aug, 2014

 

Very well done Karen your fuchsias have turned out lovely.

And yes Madelline Sweenie is stunning .

And if you want these all to survive for next year they will need protected.

As for Phyllis which I have Mother and Daughter standards in pots.

But also had one about the same size of yours ,I planted it in the garden at the start of the summer ,and I shall just leave it in garden.

As a test as long as you plant I ground at start of season you may have a chance of success.

Good luck growing all your fuchsias.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Hi Karen, Kath. also gave me some Mandarin cream, and they have flowered really well, I am also training 1 as a standard, { not intentionally, 1 of the branches broke off when I was repotting } it is hard work taking the flowers off isn't it, all they want to do is flower, turn your back,and there are more buds, Derek.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Super collection Karen. I also love Fuchsias and I have both the hardy and the 'fancy' delicate varieties. Each year I tell myself I won't have as many, but then...well, you know what we gardeners are like. I love your 'Mandarin Cream' I shall have to look out for that one in the GC next year.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Happy to pass on a cutting for you Waddy.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Good on you Kath!

Thanks Derek, Julia and Carole!

I will make sure they are all protected then Kath. After all, what is my new greenhouse for? ;)

17 Aug, 2014

 

Scotkat, that would be wonderful! Thank you.

17 Aug, 2014

 

My pleasure Julia

17 Aug, 2014

 

I agree, K, the seaweed extract is a winner....by the look of your fuschias it has certainly benefited them Used it for the first time this year..Delta's Sarah is so unusual.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Some beautiful colours in those fuschias lovely :O)

18 Aug, 2014

 

Beautiful collection of Fuschias, Karen. All quite different flowers, but all very pretty.

I am amazed how hardy Fuschias can be. My Mum had one in her garden. I would say it was one of the most common variety, but not sure of the name. It developed into a small bush. One winter I thought we had lost it (the very cold winter 5-6 years ago). I cut it back to the ground, thinking I would dig it out a few months later. Amazingly though, it through out new shoots from the base, to put on yet another lovely display for us.

18 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Mum. These are most of mine...I have a few more, but not many.....yet!

alan, the good thing is, I have three of each of the 'hardy' vars. so some can stay out and I'll take one in just incase. Have to say though, I've lost fuchsias in the greenhouse before because of mould. Thankfully they re grow quite fast as you say, so If I have to replace them....not too bad.

18 Aug, 2014

 

They usually get knocked back to the ground but this year they didn't - and surprisingly they didn't flower any sooner! Next year I will cut them back anyway. Even hardy ones are unlikely to survive Angus winters - Mrs Popple just might if well mulched - my sister in Ayreshire had one for some years but it succumbed eventually.
Hywel gave me the beautiful Delta's Sarah some months ago and its growing nicely - he says it can reach four feet high! They are beautiful plants and quite addictive. I hope you get a lot of pleasure from them.

18 Aug, 2014

 

I saw a really tall...probably about 4' recently in a garden in Broughty Ferry. It was stunning. But the Ferry is obviously on the coast, whereas we have the extra 2miles inland, so not so mild.

18 Aug, 2014

 

Hello Karen, I must say that I was never a Fuschia lover , but thanks to Hywel, I am now and I definitely am now I've seen yours! You have some beauties there ! I will have to look out for some more for next year.

18 Aug, 2014

 

Me too Rose...I fear it could become an addiction once I get started! Thank you for your kind comment. :)

18 Aug, 2014

 

You will be joining the Dundee Fuchsia Society next Karen

And showing your fuchsias at their show:)

18 Aug, 2014

 

Don't hold yer breath! ;)

18 Aug, 2014

 

I love all of those Karen ... so will your Fuchsia collection become as large as your Heuchera one?!

19 Aug, 2014

 

lol Shirley....I don't think it will....;)

19 Aug, 2014

 

Hmm, I'm not convinced ... lol!

19 Aug, 2014

 

What a super collection, you have some very beautiful plants there K......and all in excellent health too.

19 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks A. They have done well in the warmth this year. It's gone cold now, but I hope summer will return soon.

20 Aug, 2014

 

I've been looking for more Fucshias thanks to Kath & Hywel.My Mandarin Cream from Kath is beautiful,I've taken cuttings already, and they are looking quite healthy.I also have Fucshia Genii cuttings, given to me from my friends garden and they are growing lovely.I think I might try a standard with Mandarin Cream, the stems are overflowing with buds,I too broke a stem off while deadheading!!but stripped it, cut it down and potted it up.Will try the seaweed Karen. Love Fucshia Madeline by the way.:-)

21 Aug, 2014

 

WOW!!!

They're beautiful!

We have a large fucshia in our garden but it's nowhere near as ornate as these!!!

24 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Tanya! :))

24 Aug, 2014

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