Sunday, December 16, 2012

Astilbes in flower

Mid-December and the new young astilbes down in the rocky swamp area are in flower - beautiful feathery plumes of pink and cream.  These were only planted in late October, but are doing well - they like wet feet and the conditions will suit them.  John H. says that though it looks a bit messy around them at the moment, they will expand to fill the space and become quite large, bountiful plants, pushing out some the weeds "which is something we dream about happening!"

 

On one gardening website they are described as "lacey ladies with iron constitutions" and people are advised not to assume these delicate and ferny plants are fussy or tender... they are tough, good do-ers, not prone to pests or diseases, and can cope with water logged and shady conditions, even clay soil.

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