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Mini Garden Tour 1


By pansyp


I’m filling up the pond today, so it’s bound to rain! As the garden’s 170 ft long, it involves a hose pipe borrowed from my son and several other bits, juggling connectors and a water butt! The pond has a water soldier in flower and buds on the new water lily, both given by friends.
Penstemons are among my favourites. My mother grew the frist one about 40 years ago. It may be “Garnet”. It’s thrived via cuttings and various house moves.
I grew some from seed last year, and most haven’t flowered yet, so it’s fun wondering what’s going to appear. The next two are from this packet of seeds, a dark red and a flamboyant bright red with white throat.
The next one was dying in a garden centre, and after some TLC turned out to be a tiny delicate pink one.
The last one I bought in a plant sale on the canal, again not in flower. It has a small flower almost snapdragon in shape.

Penstemons will flower from now until November. They should not be cut down until the spring. They are easily increased from cuttings and also obligingly layer themselves from branches touching the ground. I’ve found them to be hardy down to -15 degrees! What more could you ask for in a plant?

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I LOVE the red and white!! It's so funny that you posted this - I was just walking around my gardens the other day and I saw my cute little pink penstemon blooming and thought "I really need to get more of these". There is a nursery on the other side of town from me that I know carries a few varieties, and I am now determined to make it there this weekend and pick up a few of these beauties!! Thanks for the pics!!

29 Jun, 2010


Mother's choice never go wrong.Once my mum had choosen curtains for my home.I didn't like them first, I even argued but I couldn't break her heart.I bought them.When I put them they looked great.Everyone who dropped in never failed to praise them They rightly complimented the colour of my wall.In the same manner your mother's choice is also very beautiful.I wish I could have some but I have not seen them in any nurseries till now in my country.

29 Jun, 2010

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