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Fuchsia thymifolia (Fuchsia thymifolia)

This is a hardy fuchsia and it's still flowering (at the moment)!



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its beautiful, love the colour

21 Nov, 2010

 

Yes - Louise and I both bought one at the rare plant fair we went to at the beginning of September. You can see why, can't you! :-)))

21 Nov, 2010

 

The flowers are so small aren't they. Mine has got frosted so has been cut back now.

21 Nov, 2010

 

i love that one
bit like reflexa and the lottie one that islander has got
do you know if you can take cuttings and if so how do you take them please?

21 Nov, 2010

 

No idea at all, but I have a book, Sticki - so I'll try to find out. :-) We've had two light frosts here, and my hardy fuchsias came through fine. It's due to get colder at the end of the week, though, so we'll see. :-/

21 Nov, 2010

 

we've had one frost and fuchsias that i left in are ok so far
i would be interested to know about the cuttings ~ thank you

21 Nov, 2010

 

Its beautiful Spritz. :o)

21 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks - we both made a bee-line for them. :-)))

21 Nov, 2010

 

take cuttings as you woud any other fuchsia. I have a similar one too.

21 Nov, 2010

 

thanks seaburngirl

21 Nov, 2010

 

I've just uploaded a pic of my little Lottie Hobby. It's doing really well in the greenhouse. Next year it will be in the shade garden with all the evergreens. It looks just like this!

22 Nov, 2010

 

I'll go and look, Karen. :-)

22 Nov, 2010

 

yes thats the one karen/susan ~ GT has it too, its lovely.

22 Nov, 2010

 

Oh, sorry B...forgot to say it's in the blog!!

22 Nov, 2010

 

Very nice! Is this grown in your borders? I will be looking for this one for next year (where I will put one, goodness only knows....).

22 Nov, 2010

 

i found it, its very like one of mine ~ reflexa?
im wondering if it would work in a hanging basket ~ might look very pretty

22 Nov, 2010

 

You know, it might work in a basket Sticki, but it is known as a hedging plant, so might it be a bit too large? Mind you, there are some tiny hedges aren't there, like box etc. I must go and see how big it gets!

22 Nov, 2010

 

the one i have is tiny but it would make a beautiful hedge if it was bigger. are these evergreen?

22 Nov, 2010

 

I shouldn't think so Sticki....I don't know of any evergreen Fuchsias.....perhaps I'm wrong though, I'm no expert. Mine has certainly still go leaves, but it's in the greenhouse! I expect once the cold arrives....Wednesday ;(...it will lose them!

22 Nov, 2010

 

mine has still got leaves ~ outside but i shall keep my eyes on it!

22 Nov, 2010

 

No wonder I couldn't find it - I'll look at your blog, Karen. Thanks. :-)

Sticki - the leaves will all fall off soon.....

22 Nov, 2010

 

oh :o( what a shame, i was just hoping

22 Nov, 2010

 

Someone should breed an evergreen fuchsia! :-))

22 Nov, 2010

 

yes, just what i was thinking, would make a lovely hedge as well then

22 Nov, 2010

 

Sorry, G'dad - I forgot to tell you that yes, it's in the soil. I have it in part-shade where I took out some more of those anonymous pink geraniums - you know the ones, I'm sure! LOL.

23 Nov, 2010

 

Not G. oxonianum hybrids! They do get every where.
I wont have them in the garden at all.
I will be getting one of those Fuchsias next year so hopefully it will look as good as yours does. Many thanks.

23 Nov, 2010

 

You're right - I've been digging them out all over the garden - still more to go - and replacing them with MUCH more interesting plants...I found Geranium 'Sirak' and added five plants instead of a large sprawl of a.p.gs.

Where this fuchsia is, I also planted two Penstemon 'Garnet' and two Lysimachia 'Candela' plus a Sambucus 'Black Lace' - that shows you how big an area of them there was! :-))

23 Nov, 2010

 

as sticki says this is very much like lottie hobby which I have. would be interested in swapping you a cutting in the spring. if you would like. nice picture. I have a pic of Lottie hobby in my pics

23 Nov, 2010

 

All that soil you have disturbed with your digging Spritz. You know what that means come the spring: 1000s of seedlings......
G. 'sirak' is on my 'maybe' list so I will keep an eye on your posts to see how it does.
One Geranium I am still after getting is the hybrid G.'pagoda'. This will produce a few viable seeds, but the plant is rarer than rocking horse muck! Have you grown it?

23 Nov, 2010

 

Most unusual and beautiful. I've never seen one like that before.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Oh this is a lovely little fuchsia spritz. I must get out with the fleece today, I've got a few fuchsia species. I usually leave them in the ground & they come through. I love reading peoples "posts" it's like earwigging a conversation.:o)) I've never heard the term - rocking horse muck before.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Oh, G'dad - tell me about it! It's usually goosegrass first (Cleavers). I have high hopes for 'Sirak', having seen it at an open garden last summer. I haven't come across G. 'Pagoda' - I'll look in my Geranium books and see if it's in any of them.

It is a lovely fuchsia - let's hope it gets through the winter! :-(

24 Nov, 2010

 

Talking about unusual or funny phrases ....I used to regularly visit plant auctions. One of the auctioneers was a bit of a comedian and if he was trying to sell an uncommon plant he'd use the phrase "it's rare as rocking horse droppings!"

24 Nov, 2010

 

i will have to remember that one anchorman.
it was -3 or colder here last night ~ my fuchsia [reflexa] has survived im pleased to say

24 Nov, 2010

 

Thats a really pretty and unusual fuchsia Spritz, Im adding to my favs, possibly for front garden. We are in for at least a drop to -2 tonight. Trouble is the ground is so wet from all that rain. Im glad Ive potted my irises up, bit of luck that. Dont want soft rot with all the new ones I have.
Never heard of a plant auction Anchorman..do they still have them?

24 Nov, 2010

 

Yes see my blog on GoY

http://www.growsonyou.com/anchorman/blog/11685-plant-auctions

24 Nov, 2010

 

Hey is that 35p for all those plants, or for each?? Either way its not enough to cover the pot and compost, tray and petrol to the auction! But Im hoping for your sake its at least 35p a plant!

24 Nov, 2010

 

Yes 35p per plant. Because I buy in bulk (pots in boxes of 450) and perhaps 60 bags of compost at a time the price per pot is about 7-8p. I sell them in apple boxes I get for free from the local supermarket.

I bring home about 3-4 every week and just before selling time in May one of my upstairs bedrooms is full to the ceiling with 150+ boxes.

Over the following 12 week selling season they all go and then I start collecting again!

The petrol cost is low because the cost per trip is perhaps £2 and divided by roughly 200 plants works out at about 1p each.

I do the plant propagation more as a paid hobby than for anything else

I've calculated that on average I earn about £10 per hour growing and selling plants. That is roughly my going rate for gardening although on gardens where I just cut grass and charge a fee rather than an hourly rate I can earn £15-18 per hour.

It's funny. In my part of theworld if I tell a customer I charge £10 per hour some think I'm expensive but if I cut their grass for £5 and it takes me 20 minutes they think they've got a bargain.

If I can get a few lawns charged for a fee next door to each other so there is no travelling time then I can earn quite a good hourly rate.

The problem with professional gardening is the lack of income in winter. As soon as it turns cold and the grass stops growing I'm out of work.

I do some pruning during winter but to be honest gardening in the bad weather of the winter months is not enjoyable. I also do a bit of handyman work such as fixing shed/flat roofs,fencing etc over the winter period.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Thats not quite so bad then, although not great..funny how blokes seem to hate cutting the lawn and seem quite happy to pay someone else to do it!!
So I guess propagating helps fill the larder for some of the colder weather. Hope you get something to keep you going over the next few months.

24 Nov, 2010

 

this is such a beautiful fuchsia. Well done Spritz.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks, Gilli. I'm going to fleece it today, as the temps are forecast to drop sharply. I'm doing it because it may not have rooted very well yet, even though it's suppsoed to be hardy.

A/m, thanks for that - you sound very enterprising....:-)))

25 Nov, 2010

 

Beautiful Spritz as you know I love my fuchsias but that is one I have never grown .

I must try to get one.

26 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks - I'm pleased to say that it came through the winter and has buds on it. :-)))

26 Jul, 2011



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