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Garden newbie....can you recommend pretty plants for garden privacy?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:41

I would put up a fence. 6ft wooden slats cost less than 99p each. They will also provide shelter and lessen the wind in your garden. Plant wise depends on the aspect of your garden.

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 08:48
Jess is in the Garden wrote (see)
Best solution I've found is obstruction: I cut a length of bamboo cane into 6" lengths and sink them into the soil at regular intervals so they can't get in amongst them and start scratching around.

Cheap, very effective and humane.

 

That gets my vote - still get the odd cat poop near the kids swing where it is just bark though but nothing in borders.

 

should be an arisaema

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 16:23
nutcutlet wrote (see)

 

Lovely site blairs and I think you're right. Thank you very much. I do like to know what I'm growing

Mine did not smell and they change over the year, putting out leaf (a curious thing) then flower then another leaf (which dies back before Oct), then lots of bulblets and seed.

Can anyone identify this growth/ bacteria

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:29

Scale insect.

should be an arisaema

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:09

Ben Candlin is the national seller of these, have a look on his website for ideas.

http://www.bencandlin.co.uk/

I still think Sauromatum

should be an arisaema

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:36

Looks like Sauromatum venosum. They grow from seed though I grew mine from bulbs. They through out a large amount of seed and bulbs every year.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:11

@LorraineP - The leaves on yours look very small. Mine has huge leaves (which somewhat hides the cream coloured flowers) but I like the jungle effect.

They are root hardy in well draining spots in the UK (ie all top growth will normally die off). Caveat they need heat to grow fast so may not flower. Best in pots and either cut down and stored like that in a frost free place or left to grow in a sunny spot.

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:59
punkdoc wrote (see)

Not an expert, but i do grow a few Acers. they need: semi-shade, not exposed to cold winds, and a slightly acid, woodsy soil [ leaf mould, ericaceous compost and some John innes No. 3 ]. Dont let them dry out, but dont drown them. Given that lot, they should thrive and act as a constant reminder of your dad.

Agree with that - moist well draining soil is key.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:24

I should add that if you are growing them up trees or other plants that they can be difficult to pull off the dead Morning Glory in winter as they twine so much.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:23

Sun and warmth and they will flower. The mild winter has allowed the Morning Glory that I had last year to self seed madly (they are invasive in many parts of the world, never normally for me). Flowering from July till frosts is normal.

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