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13 Aug 2017 14:30
Thank you so much. I only seem to find bonsai versions available for sale. Maybe I'll have a go at propagating from my friends.
13 Aug 2017 09:12
Does this shrub look familiar to anyone? My friends have a large shrub in their garden. It's been grafted onto different root stock. The leaves are very small - no more than 1cm across and have serated white edges. It's so prettty and evergreen. I'd love one for the new garden we are planting
thank you :)
23 May 2017 21:54
Don't be sad.....I bet you'll have some come back :)
22 May 2017 21:42
thank you everybody. I'm determined to get one. I have the perfect spot which should help keep the air circulating and hopefully stop the dreaded mildew.
I'm treated myself to a ticket to Chelsea so hopefully I'll have some luck there otherwise I'll follow up on the RHS links.
thank you :)
22 May 2017 21:37
I 2nd the japonese anemone. I inherited lots in my previous garden. They do spready, but I found them quite easy to clear and keep away from the areas I didn't want them
21 May 2017 18:58
I went to my local garden centre a couple of weeks ago to speak to the head man about planning our new garden. Whilst I was there I saw the most glorious plant - Hebe Hulkeana. I was in love, but I'd sworn to myself that I wasn't to buy any plants because we are landscaping our whole garden and I've learnt from experience how hard it is to keep everybody happy when they are stuck in pots on a building site. Of course, I can't get this plant out of my mind and have the perfect spot for it, but they don't have it any more and I can't find one anywhere :( Does anybody know where I can get one? I travel around the country a lot....
12 Apr 2017 13:28
Thank you for the reassurance Pansyface. I've always admired these majestic beasts when I've seen them so it has pride of place in front of my house -well away from the window so it doesn't block out all the light when it full grown
12 Apr 2017 12:12
yes, the rest of it look strong and lively :)
12 Apr 2017 10:15
I haven't had much experience with succulents and I'm looking for a small, compact agave or similar kind of hardy succulent for my gravel garden. I don't really want anything for that spot which is going to grow bigger than about 50cm. Can anybody recommend anything? there is such a bewildering choice!
12 Apr 2017 10:10
I planted my first giant cardoon in the newly created gravel garden at the front of my house. It went through winter happily and didn't completely die down like I'd expected. Now it is growing away steadily, but the bottom leaves keep turning yellow and wilting. Is this completely normal and should I just keep removing them or is it lacking something? I haven't watered the plants out there after their first few weeks of establishing
thank you :)
09 Apr 2017 09:18
I think re-potting is about to commence. The tubers came from Sarah Raven and their online instructions are also for shallow planting. I must have accidentally thrown the instructions away with the box.
09 Apr 2017 08:13
It's good to see I'm not the only person with a massive project in hand!
We moved into this house in December 2016. The garden we inherited has large mature trees at the bottom creating a shady woodland feel, but the top is sloping, compacted and mostly gravel with a couple of shrubs And several sheds which I think we could just lean o to knock down.
I have big plans and have been studying the internet feverishly to work out what we want.
Thankfully I have found a lovely local landscape gardener who has just recently teamed up with a plantsman. Between us this year ,starting on Thursday , we are smashing up concrete bases, putting up a trellis around the whole garden, digging wide terracing down the top half with boardwalks surrounded by beds, building a nicer shed/workshop And by autumn I should be able to get some planting done (although I guarantee I will have done some because I won't be able to wai!) There's going to be a fernery in shady spots and a fire pit with seating down in the woodland area.
at the same time we are ripping out and doing the bathroom in the house. It's going to be hectic, but we are getting married next August and having the reception here. I've just potted up 19 Dahlias to bulk up for big day!
gosh it seems almost overwhelming now I see it written dow. Thankfully it will happen in stages
09 Apr 2017 07:39
I potted up my first ever dahlias yesterday using directions I found on the internet which instructed to set the tubers 6-8 inches below the surface, cover and leave dry. Now I've read several different methods where the tuber is just under the surface with the old stalk or new growth is sticking up and given a gentle water after.
Should i carefully re-pot them using the latter method?
thank you :)
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08 Feb 2017 18:47
thank you so much 'watery'. This is pretty much what I thought. I've worked in interiors for a long time and know that photographs can never be trusted. Which is why I'm tackling this early....we don't get married until August next year so I wanted to get the plants going this year so that I have large healthy plants to play with next year, and yes...I expected to be potting up and adding the fluffy fillers at the last minute.
I would take them apart after the event. We are actually re-modelling our garden completely. We'll get the landscaping done this year and put bark chippings where the beds will be so that they can be used for seating during the party. After the dust dies down we can plant it all properly. I'm picking some plants for the containers which will then go into the garden afterwards. The bright beautiful dahlias will go to my neighbour and aunt who love hot colours and I will keep the whites as I prefer cool colours.
Thank you again. I never do things by halves and I know how much money it's possible to go through with using plants the wrong way.
Last edited: 08 February 2017 18:48:16
08 Feb 2017 14:37
this is the kind of thing I want try to achieve
Last edited: 08 February 2017 14:38:17
08 Feb 2017 12:13
Thank you everyone. As multiple plant pots are not really going to be practical with a large number of people walking around maybe I'll go for another option I was considering which is to build the planters from timber and line with thick plastic sheet with plenty of holes for drainage. Then I can get the size needed to give them the space they need.
08 Feb 2017 08:14
I want some large planters in the garden for our wedding receptio. I'd really like an explosion of colour and dahlias seem perfect for colour, profusion and late August flowering. My quandry is that I was going to plant two per container then fill in with foliage and trailing plants And I'm concerned that they won't like it if they are crammed in Too tightly? I can't afford giant pots. I'm wondering how much I can cram into contsiners 40cm wide x 60cm high?
21 Jul 2014 20:55
thank you Hortum. That's exactly what I did in the end. Hopefully next year I'll see flowers again.
20 Jul 2014 15:15
I've been giving my garden a very much overdue tidy and rediscovered my white pineapple lily hidden under some enthusiastic ferns. These haven't flowered since I planted them 2 years ago and I decided to dig them up and move them because the slugs are going to destroy them and they aren't getting very much sun. I originally planted them straight from the pot I bought them in whilst still flowering and the bulbs were hardly below the surface. I've just been reading that they should be 6 inches below the soil. They have good leaf growth and have multiplied....should I just go for it and plant them at the depth they should be and bury the leaves or re-plant them at the same shallow depth then plant them deeper in autumn when the foliage has died back? I'm afraid this is a new quandary for me!