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Winter flowering violas

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 19:06

Breathtaking violas, Valerie. If I could, I´d plant an acre of Violas of

all kinds. Has anybody ever seen (live) the rosulate Violas?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 20:03

John Harding, the pink clematis looks very much like Dr Ruppel, google it.

Levelling a garden

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:48

If I got it right, I wouldn´t level the driveway below 1, since coming out of the garage

may be difficult in rainy/frosty weather; keep it even with the road, and  pave a little

slope for access to the house.

Now for the front of the garden: 4 and 3 means the hedges are on high soil level,

right? If you remove them and dig the soil, first you´ll need a containment wall, then

shrubs or trees to screen the garden and the house from view and noise.

Don´t forget drainage pipes along the containment wall (or your garden will be

drenched with road water) and anywhere else there is a slope.

Advise please

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 14:06

Herbs need a lot of sunlight and very airy soil. If yours is not sandy or alkaline, 

add grits. Don´t worry about rendering the soil poor, herbs don´t mind; they just

loathe wet feet! Many herbs, once happy, will become invasive. And what´s worth,

they will try and kill more vulnerable neighbouring plants or herbs. I have a small

patch with lemon balm, pennyroyal and golden chamomile: when there were no

boundaries, the second killed the third, and then it was killed by the first! Now I

edged them with bricks in an irregular pattern (to make it less boring than myself;

can´t post pictures, sorry) and added sage, marjoram and coriander (these are not

troublesome, but coriander needs successive sowing).

Here´s a simple sketch (the empty spaces are taken by carrots and lettuce; the

red lines are bricks):




Raised bed over Leylandii stumps

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:23

It is a lovely sunny site, very promising. But remember the leylandii somewhat

acidified the soil, so it would be auspicious to measure its pH before tilling and

adding manure.


Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:18

There are some species (and cultivars) of day flower (Commelina) with similar

shades of blue. They are very easy to grow.

Will Acidanthera Ever Bloom?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:13

I grew a dozen bulbs of Acidanthera in pots last year, and they grew well and

healthy, but no flowers at all. The same happened to my gladioli. Is my garden

too dark or what?

Plant ID please

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 22:35

I´m sorry I have no idea, but the leaves remind me of Aruncus.

weird roses

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 20:50

There were roses before grafting, so I always give a try with the cuttings I get from

pruning. The picture is of a rose which grew this way. It is identical with the mother, 

but far, far weaker. That is the rub, grafting is not for aesthetic purposes, but for

the strength and sturdiness of the plant. Better put it in the ground, since roses are

not happy with pots. Wish I had room for mine...



Gaillardia death

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:39

It might be my less-than-reasonable garden, but the shoots my gaillardias produced

have not been the healthiest, rather short-lived instead.

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