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Posted: 10/08/2013 at 19:56

Thanks to you both.

Will give it a go.  The idea is to keep them pruned to the lollipop shape - if they outgrow their space they will have to go !


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:20

I've been thinking the same - really excellent this series.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:19

I'm very close to you, addict, and have not seen any this year.  Plenty of bees and butterflies, but not a single LB


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:17

Mine are only two years old and have never flowered.  Now that I have heard your story Doris, I will not hold my breath.  However, will give them all a good talking to ....


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:16

Its sometimes nice to have some evergreen structure left when all the perennials die down - I have some box balls in my flowerbeds that disappear in the summer (because they are hidden by other plants - not because they have magical powers) but come in to their own in the winter.  They look great in frost and snow.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 14:15

Afternoon all - been busy this morning visiting tree nurseries,taking pictures of the garden and watering. The time just flies by !

Delighted with my flower beds at the moment - been posting photos on other threads, but here is another one to brighten this page too!

 The agastache are specially for Verdun.  Not  sure if I have exactly the right mix of spikes and mounds, but I'm liking the colours.  In fact, think I am going to take a cup of tea out there and stare some more ......


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 14:10

A lady at our local nursery is trying to clear some old stock.  She has four topiarised Catalpas (standard lollipops, about 10 ft tall) that have grown through their pots and into the ground.   She says that if we can be bothered to dig them out then we can have them for nothing.  Any ideas as to whether they might survive ?  I'm inclined to think that we have nothing to lose by giving it a go (but then it is not me, but OH, who will be doing the digging !!!)


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 14:07

We are digging a new bed to plant a belt of trees - acers, liquidambers and birch.  Would it be ok to mulch with chippings from a leylandii hedge we have just felled ?

Many thanks

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 14:01

My echinaceae prima donna is now living up to its name:

 And pleased with my rudbeckia/echinops combo too:

 In fact, we are enjoying rudbeckias galore:


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 13:54

Heres how one of my borders changes through the seasons:


 And now:

 Its like one of those books I had when I was little where you painted over with water and all the colours changed like magic

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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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Rose "The Fairy"

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