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peteSpeteS Posts: 963
These two have been the devil's own job to keep alive this summer. They were bought from one of the well known suppliers on t'internet but they were pathetic specimens when they arrived and only loads of TLC has kept them alive. With all that in mind should I give them extra protection over the Winter, because even now they aren't the strongest. I should've mentioned they are currently in 5 inch pots. Thanks.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    They look fine to me.  :)
    They'll be dormant soon and then they'll regrow in spring. You can cut back the foliage as it dies off.
    They'll need planted out in spring though - they won't be happy in small pots for long. They make big plants quite rapidly. One of my favourite geraniums  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,460
    If you think you still need protection, Pete, 5 litre water containers will be ideal to slip over that size of pot, once you've cut the bottoms off them.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    Can I ask how Ann Folkard compares in length of flowering season to Rozanne?
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,409
    Fairly similar I'd say Fire. 
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 963
    @Fire...I can't comment on the flowering period of 'Rozanne', because I don't know, but 'Ann Folkard' has been flowering for some two months now...but I think they are two different is a sprawler (Ann Folkard) and the other I think is a more compact upright specimen.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    Thanks. Rozanne can sprawl with the best of them, although she is climbing this year.
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,420
    I'd consider planting them out when the weather cools down as long as they've filled the pots, I've bought quite a few Ann folkard in the past at various dates and they do seem to be weedy in pots unless I've been very unlucky . They can grow really fast in the ground and smoother other plants so pick the site wisely or give plenty of room. 
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,496
    I have them growing side by side but I honestly have not paid attention to which is the first to go over. Had there been much difference I might have noticed. I think Ann Folkard comes into bloom a week or so earlier.
    Rutland, England
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,631
    I have "Patricia" which is a bit more compact and flowers a bit longer.

    They are hardy and grow quite quickly in the ground. Patricia was quite small when I planted her last year, has grown a lot and is in full flower now.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,496
    My Patricia has louche ways. In the photo below it is the one canoodling with Red Velour, trying to out compete it for height. Rozanne is the blue one and Anne Thompson is centre right. The sunflower came from a bird. I’ll wait till it flowers but I anticipate it’ll be off to meet its maker soon afterwards.

    It is a circular bed this side of the brick path with a small island of Anne Thompson surrounded by a sea of Rozanne. It has, however, had its day as this autumn it will be replanted to give greater variety. I have been thinking about the new planting plan today.
    Rutland, England
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