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shrubs

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:07

Weeds will always grow through to some degree, but indeed the harder we make it for them the better.  Have you considered herbaceous plants as well as shrubs?  These die down in the winter but return happily each spring, it would give a less solid look than shrubs only?  There are very many hundreds from which to choose.  I guess you have acid soul if your azaleas etc are doing  so well.  Why not add a blueberry or two, then you get fruit as well - or the birds will.  I suggest you look in the library for a good RHS book about borders - that will give yousome ideas.,Have a look around your area and see what other gardeners are growing and talk with thm - most garfeners are very happy to share their knowlede - and often their plants, though that is something about which you might want to be careful - we have all been offered rose of sharon or something equally invasive in our early days and then spent the next ten years trying to get rid of it!! 

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:01

A cuckoo?  Another bird that does this is the magpie, and possibly others of the crow family - such a pity after all the work the parent birds put into it all.  Still, that is nature, red in tooth and claw - not that birds have teeth, but ............

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:59

Yes, the poo covered larvae are a joy and a delight aren't they- not!!  Trouble I find is spotting them once the lilies leaves thicken up, but we can just keep trying.  Not so many adutls today, mind I did have a killing spree on Sunday - but they are doubtless still there in numbers.  

Newbie Introductions

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:15

Hello, welcome to the forum, hope you find some good information and friendly people here - we are all people who love to garden and talk about it, and enjoy sharing things with each other. 

You are in a more difficult place to garden than some, but there are things you can grow that others can't - I believe that meconopsis do well in your part of the world, or is that more to the west?  We are all 4 weeks behind this year because of the late spring, so I guess you are still in late spring?  Do you still have tulips out?  It was interesting a month or so back that things which rarely flower together were doing so as the early ones were late and catching up and the on time ones were coming through with them.

I have only just got to filling my hanging baskets which are usually done a month before this as it has been so cold and dark.  We are haing a few good warm bright days too - long may it last.

Veggies are beginning to catch up a bit, but many are still a good way behind themselves - still, nature usually gets it right in the end, so hopefully will do so this year too. 

Will Acidanthera Ever Bloom?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:09

I cannot speak about gladioli, but acidanthera I find just do not have a long enough season of sun to flower.  They don't flower till late in the year anyway, and unless you are in the far South, I think they are hard to get to flower.  Lat year was hopeless anyway, far too dark and wet for them.. Sorry, but don't know of any trick for them, have given up on them myself.  Gladioli flower here in the midlands, they do need sunshine and not too wet conditions, and a bit of space - in an overcrowded bed of mine they leafed but did not flower.  Moved to a more open position and they did well. 

ground cover for slope

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:06

Can't access your pictures Gillylal, could you try again?

FORGETMENOT blue.

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:50

Verdun, brunnera comes close, the flowers are virtually the same, perennial and tough.

Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:49

As I do with my fig, I want the huge leaves and am not bothered by the fruit at all - each to there own thank goodness. 

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:36

It is however interesting how nature takes the best out of things, there is a bypass not too far from where I live, and sadly many small things lose their lives there - though so far it mostly has been squirrels (I must admit no sorrow there) and the odd pigeon (none there either) but the local kestrels, of which we are lucky enough to have quite a few - enjoy the road kill as unchased food!  I do worry that they too may get run over, but have never seen that, I imagine they are too quick and careful for that, and a free meal cannot be a totally bad thing. 

FORGETMENOT blue.

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:31

Brunnera is lovely, has very similar flowers, slightly darker in colour, and it does not spread everywhere.  The leaves can be very good too, silver splashed or almost totally silver - good nature, has survived several harsh winters outdoors.   Saw a very pretty deep blue forget-me-not in a shop yesteray, being promoted as a 'Cheslsea flower', but I'll bet it is as much of a thug as its cousin - it is a myosotis as well.  

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