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Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:16

My Bamboos are looking the best now, especially after the bruising after April's near hurricane wind. Ornamental grasses are having their year as are the young trees planted locally, they have sprouted much taller this year with the poor sun and lots of light. Anything that likes water (like Hydrangea as Palaisglide said) has had a good few months. My self seeded gunnera is huge.

shade loving plants

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 22:34

Hellebore, Hardy Geranium, Japanese Anemone come to mind. Pansies do fine in the shade as do most spring bulbs. The problem is if it is damp shade, as that is ideal for slugs and snails. If you can keep it on the dry side then plants do flourish well.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 22:31

Calendula/English Marigold. It self seeds everywhere. It does brighten things up though, so I forgive it. As it was so mild all winter so much of it survived from last year and came back even more this year.

I also added Alpine Strawberries into my garden and they have got on too well, taking over several borders and running runners with impunity.

Red dogwood

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:11

Cut them back, you need to cut back red dogwood to keep the red colour anyway, and they are all the better for it.


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:50

Mine is in a north facing situ and is fine. Perhaps the soil is too damp or compacted? You can amend it. Defo not south facing, that makes them woody and lanky and ugly.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:47

Worth a try. I have a few plants looking sad, think it is too much rain though!


Conifer Trouble

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:46

I was thinking salt poisoning - from salting the driveway when icey, or run off salt from roads, or wind damage or both.

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:05

A problem this year is the wet weather and mild winter has created perfect slug conditions, so there are a lot more of them. I have found them eating lots of slug proof plants this year - Hellebores, Mahonia, Eunonymous and etc. Best pick them out at dusk with tweezers as others have said.

Talkback: Parakeets

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:59
Also a problem in Europe. You see them in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. I suppose they have novelty value for many.

Acer problems

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:39
Alina W wrote (see)

Because acers naturally grow under trees in leaf litter, a myth has developed that they need ericaceous soil. They will grow in ericaceous soil, but don't need it to thrive.

Quite true! I use compost from my garden but do give an ericauous feed when I can remember to do so which is not that often.

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