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Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:20

My understanding is that Alan Bloom is reviving the beds at Foggy Bottom, incorporating grasses to give movement - I'm sure I saw/heard  an interview with him a few months back where he spoke about this - it's what gave me the idea of interplanting the OP's heathers with grasses. 

rosa rugosa

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:14

If you have a small garden you definitely don't want rosa rugosa!

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:13


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:10

Hello folks  back from visiting Aged Ps - both well and happy surrounded by flowers and cards.

Lovely drive in bright sunshine - snowdrops, hazel catkins, daffodils and primroses lining the hedgerows and in sheltered corners hawthorn hedges were greening up.  I saw a kestrel (logged on the Hawk Conservancy's Kestrel Count) and also a sparrowhawk being chased by seagulls over a ploughed field. 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 08:31
KEF wrote (see)

Hi Panda & lily & MrsGarden

Dove will the troubles( more than troubles ! ) affect your planned trip with DIL? Geography isn't my best subject and I can't remember which area you plan to visit.

Trip's on hold at the moment KEF - DIL has some  work comittments  that may make us alter our plans - but that's no problem - we'll do it when we can. 

I fully expect this to calm down before too long.  All the big players have too much to lose ....

The problem is that the west do not really understand the history of the region and the way that this is perceived by the different ethnic groups - in order to keep Russians united their government will always have to balance many more complex needs than we in the west realise.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 08:25

Yay!!!  First sweet pea seedling has made an appearance - sown last Wednesday!!! 

They're indoors on the dining room windowsill.  The mini-grow house is waiting for them. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 07:57

Oh, how did that happen?  

But then, you get double value from Dove  


whether you want it or not................

rosa rugosa

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 07:55

They are usually sold as hedging plants in my experience. 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 07:54

Modern printing inks don't contain the harmful stuff that the old ones used to, so I don't think that's a problem.  

Newspaper is a good insulation material for many things - not sure if I'd use it for insulating inside plant pots tho'  - it would soon go soggy and compact and that would reduce it's insulation properties.  It would also provide lovely homes for all sorts of bugs that may or not like to eat your plants.

I'm happier wrapping pots that will remain outside in bubble wrap for the winter and removing it in the spring. 

rosa rugosa

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 07:46

I think it's a bit big for that Louise - they really do tend towards the rampant, and if you kept it short you'd probably lose the flowers.  They're very thorny - do you have a bit of boundary which needs a bit of an intruder-deterrent?  It would be ideal for that job.

As for hiding the jasmine's 'legs', one of the  English roses from David Austin would probably fit the bill - or.............

Just had an idea!  one of my real favourites!  Rosa Bonica!!!

It would be perfect there - never grows too big, flowers all summer, all the time, and the prettiest pink blooms.  Enough for cutting for the house as well as making the garden pretty, and I've grown it underplanted with bulbs and hellebores and it was very happy there.

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