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plant identification

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 18:21

That's what made me think of Comfrey - it's prone to powdery mildew.


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 18:04
Fritillary wrote (see)

Dove, the other day you mentioned the film 'The Rare Breed', after Brandy had her calf. I was just on line registering the birth and you have to put down who the sire is.When I looked at his pedigree his grand sire was called Udel 1 R51 Vindicator. What a coincidence.

That's just brilliant  

DD ((hugs))

Hosta ((hugs))

Yvie ((hugs))

Anyone else ???  just help yourself


Is it always a bad idea planting large laurel plants?

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 17:56

I agree with everything Lyn has said.  Small hedge plants will catch up and pass larger ones every time. 

plant identification

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:02

A guess - Pink comfrey?


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 15:56

Highly unlikely - but I wouldn't cut it quite that low - I'd reduce it's height by half this autumn when it's finished flowering to prevent it getting rocked by the wind over the winter - then in early March cut it all back to just below knee height.  Give it a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone and stand well back - it'll flower beautifully for you next summer, and the flowers will be at a height where you can see and enjoy them.

back ground for sansevieria cylindrica

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 15:43

I think that some of the artemisia varieties may suit your purpose - the aromatic silver leaves should set off the darker green spears of the sanseviera cylindrica nicely - and I would have thought they'd be happy in the same conditions.

Too good to be true ?

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 10:37
dominoman wrote (see)

My tip would be to go for lighter coloured sandstone if you can, because the grey colours can look depressing when wet.

But if the patio is in shade then choose greys anyway, because lighter colours look grotty as soon as they get dirty and mossy, so you'll be forever cleaning.

That's my view anyway.

We chose a blue/grey because it complements the the cool colours we use most often in the garden - blues, purples, pinks, creams.

Yellowish colours look better with the warm colours of the spectrum - corals,reds, oranges, dark green, etc

Too good to be true ?

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 10:33

Have you chosen the builder/landscaper who's going to do the work?  If so ask if you can visit a few locations where he/she have laid patios etc - if a customer is happy they usually don't mind a brief visit - then you can look at the types he's used and ask how the customers find the slabs - would they choose the same again?

Too good to be true ?

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 10:17

We ordered some Marshalls paving a few years ago - think that was the Pavesys system or its forerunner - they had a computer programme that worked out and supplied the right number of different shapes etc for the space we had and provided a printout of how to arrange them.  When they arrived the colouring of the paving looked very different to the ones we'd seen at the showroom and we sent them back. 

We chose some cheaper 'own brand' ones from Jewsons who also worked out and supplied exactly the shapes we needed - the builder who laid the patio (on mortar) was very impressed with them and we're still very happy with our terrace and patio.


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 09:00
punkdoc wrote (see)

Sadly Dove we didn't have time. Spent from opening time till 3pm. in the garden, and then with a long drive back to Sheffield, thought we should leave. 

Well, you'll just have to go again

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