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Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:40

… do frit bulbs smell of anything special then NC?  Never noticed, and I have quite a good sense of smell - but  guess one persons perfume is another ones - well, anything but!!

Boundary hedging

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:34

No, but I would look carefully at a) the Ph of the soil you hope to replant after removal of the rhodies, and see what will grow happily there,  and b) consider resting it and giving it a good feed and water, as such large plants must have reduced the fertility of the soil in that area. Adding some organic well rotted manure will help recondition the soil, and give better drainage.  

There are many attractive and wild life friendly plants that would suit such a situation, but much depends upon what you really want.  Some things stay quite small, but if you want to replace the old plants with ones that will become the same size as those you are removing, you'll need to look well at that too. 

Why do you want yews particularly?  They are lovely as a mature hedge it is true, and can be shaped well, but they do take their time getting to a biggish size.  May be you would consider a mixed boundary with British native plants, imagine sloes, blackthorn, dog roses, willow, hazel etc., all looking lovely with flowers at differing times, and full of wildlife?  Just a thought …………..

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:25

Do let us know if you try this and it works?  I've never had such sturdy looking roots on my runners - it has been a mild and wet winter to date, so maybe they would stand a chance.  I did not know they were perennial in their native habitat - which is where please BobtG?

Seedaholicism

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:37

Cure?  This isn't an illness, it's a joy and a delight!! 

My tomatoes are all up. no sign of the sweet peas

ID Please

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:56

However, this is a really strong thug, it covers miles (literally) of bank near our ex-quarry fields, and there it looks lovely.  Hard to get rid of in the garden if you get fed up with it.  You can grow little spring bulls like iris reticulata through it - that is lovely. 

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:55

Verdun, when do you cut your 'diabolo' hard?  I have one that is several years old, been frozen hard and drowned, but gives the most stunning foliage year after year.  I don't reckon the title pink flowers much, but the leaves ………   I've never really known when or how hard to prune it, just take bits off when the fancy takes me.  

I've got blue cammasia in front of it, followed by bears breeches, with various hardy geraniums and grasses everywhere.  Not much organisation to my gardening really.

Seedaholicism

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:51

It's a good thing my neighbours know me well, or the sounds of delight coming from the greenhouse when anything has germinated, might make them call the police!  I have a big jute carrier bag hanging in the back porch, full of packets of seeds - it is my 'go to' when no gardening can get done.  Mentally I sow the whole garden with new things (it is as stuffed as possible already but hey, imagination is free!), and feel much better after a while!!  Can't resist a reduced pile of seed packets, even if I have every carrot , sweet pea, lettuce and sunflower seed known to humankind, and no-where left to put them……………..

Snowflake Variety

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:48

That's the best bet, the leaves from this year will give food and strength to the bulbs and they will probably flower beautifully next year.  Once they are settled, they will gently spread - we have some lovely clumps where it would not have occurred to me to put them.  Birds eat the seeds then sit somewhere to digest them, dropping the seeds and then off they go.  Lovely, and totally free - what's not to love?  I don't find that the doubles spread as well as the singles, insects have trouble getting into double flowers to pollinate them, which is why I don't grow double flowers much.  The singles are pollinated and then set viable seed.  I guess you could harvest that and sow it yourself, but I'm lazy and quite happy for the birds to do the work for me. 

Snowflake Variety

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:46

That's the best bet, the leaves from this year will give food and strength to the bulbs and they will probably flower beautifully next year.  Once they are settled, they will gently spread -we have some lovely clumps where it would not have occurred to me to put them.  Birds eat the seeds then sit somewhere to digest them, dropping the seeds and then off they go.  Lovely, and totally free - what's not to love?

Growmore

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:11

It might seem a pity to use a product made in a factory rather than something nicely rotted on a compost heap?  Of course, not everyone has the space to do that.   We use pelleted organic chicken manure in April, sprinkled all over everywhere and in anything,  and then liquid seaweed based fertiliser for anything else that needs a boost in the year. 

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Solomon's seal

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