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Time to get ready for winter! Awful, I know, but August is a very good time to be taking cuttings even though there's plenty of flowers to be enjoying in the garden, like this scabious which I bought a few months ago.

To be honest, there's not much in this garden I want more of; quite the opposite. Penstemons, though, are proving a great success: long season, colourful (neat but not gaudy), drought and deer-resistant. What more could you ask? So I took some cuttings of 'Garnet' and of a pale mauve one. Also a very pretty white Gaura which I've only just put in. No matter what it says on the label, it's not reliably hardy and I don't want to lose it.

Shocking labels, I know. I forgot to take out my HB pencil (far the best marker) and wasn't going in again to find it. These cuttings are now covered with a plastic lid. After losing all my pelargoniums last year, I'm determined to save a few this time.

Note that each cutting is in a tiny pot. I know all about using clay pots and putting the cuttings round the edge but I've used this method succesfully for pelargoniums for years now. They're easy to pot on and much easier to over-winter on an indoor windowsill. These will not be covered and won't get much watering.
Tags: cuttings, new garden

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