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Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:19

The only problem I can foresee is that the sage will get very much bigger and taller than the thyme and so outshade it - if you see what I mean.  Maybe grow them next to each other in different pots?

 Interesting that the sages keep dying off - usualy one of the hardier herbs - have you looked at the roots to see if anythin is munching on them - though why they should ignore other plants is a bit puzzling.  Has it got overwatered maybe?  If there is one thing sages dislike it is having wet feet - better on the dry side than the damp.  Are they being overshadowed by bigger plants that are keeping the light from them?  They do like a good deal of light and sun (don't we all!).  Try gwoing the next one in a pot and see how it does, there are plants that don't like to be sharng spaces,maybe something and your sages don't get on?  If it does well in a pot you can sink it into the ground still in the pot and it may well thrive that way.  Do tell how you get on. 


Posted: 17/09/2013 at 18:19

Daffs s early as possible, but NOT tulips, they get tulip fire if planted too soon.  I rarely plant tulips before end November, often later, and they always do fine.  Bulbs such as scilla biflora, chionodoxa etc. can go in any time really, from now onwards. Regarding daffs, the longer they have to develop a good root system the better, especially as they are likely to stay where they are for many years, so a good start helps them. 

Reflecting Pool Help

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 12:55

It doesn't have to be rectangular, round ones work very well.  You don't need much depth of water.  You do need a dark background for the water, smooth black is best.  No treees which can drop leaves into the water, as nothing makes a reflecting pond look more like a forgotten item, than rotting leaves causing water to be murky.  Many people use a little bleach in the water to keep it clear, but as it is likely to be used as a drinking place by all sorts of creatures I`d not go this route.  There is More to keeping a really good reflecting pond beautiful than you might imagine, but they are stunning when well done and positioned.  If you want to grow plants that reflect rather than just sky, then you run into the game of keeping the leaves and flowers out of the pool too.  You also don't want it to  be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and so forth - hmm, maybe a wildlife pool is easier!! 

Do give it a go, there may well be books in your local library with good advice in them  -  quite a good place to start maybe? 




Posted: 16/09/2013 at 12:50

Yum, good for you.

Talkback: Friend or foe?

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:16
This poor little creature so often gets killed, as it really does look quite toxic and ferocious, yet hatches out to our beloved lady bird beetle - appearances so often deceptive in gardening.

Plant ID help needed.

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:13

Ragwort is about the worst, like a tall yellow dandelion with taller stem, and it branches out, flowers really bright yellow daisy shaped.   There has been a great deal of it around this year for some reason, highly toxic to the equine species - presumably donkeys, zebras etc too? 

quick growing shrubs

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:10

... and choyosia, both green and gold, which flower with a lovely perfume, escalonia needs little work and gets nice than thick and fowers well, quince, sold as chanomeles, pretty and eventually fruitful, red/black and blue berries, good crops as well  - etc. etc. etc. Have fun. 

Camellia - yellow leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:07

It is very important that camelllias are watered well all summer, and now as well, they are or have formed the buds for next years flwers, and if they even thought they had got dry now, they will drop the flower buds come spring - one of the most common causes for camellias not flowering.  As you have fed and watered yours, I think you can expect glorious flowers come spring. 

Lobelia fountain and bush

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:04

You can grow lobelia from seed but it takes for ever, and a huge amount of heat and light supplied by electricity - if you drive around East Anglia you wil see acres of brightly lit glass houses, warmly kept, many of which are growing our lobelia for next years hanging baskets.  I rather feel I am happy for the commercial growers to do all that work, and buy in the plants at basket planting time next year, rather than go to all that expense and trouble myself.  Having said that,  I have had them self seed by the wall where the baskets hang, so it must be possible with no help at all - but it does not happen every year.

Go for it if you want to, it may be harder than you think.  Best of luck if you do give it a go. 

I am assuming we are talking the usual basket plants, trailing or upright, mostly blue, some pinks and whites?  Not the tall Queen Victoria or fan types, which are 18 inches tall, and shades of red and/or pink?  These you can overwinter in a cold greenhouse, I did keep them over winter outdoors in the south, but not here in the midlands. 

No flowers on gladioli

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:58

Interesting, none of my glads flowerd this year either, and usually we have quite a good show.  Nothing else really suffered, so I wonder what got the glads? 

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