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Hydrangea help!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:36

I have quercifolia which is flowering just now.Just deadhead after flowering as they also produce next year's flowers on the previous year's growth. Don't cut back too far in case you remove the wood which will produce the new buds.

It's easy to tell if it's this type as the clue's in the title - the foliage is the shape of oak leaves! 

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:22

Hi Peter - my first thought would be that it looks like it's in the shade of that tree as it's very mossy, and that's not a great place for decking. 

If you want to keep the little summerhouse, perhaps you could think of taking the rest away and simply changing it to a more suitable surface and some planting. Is there a reason why it's raised up on a platform? Conditions underneath it for instance.

A few more pix would be very helpful as BM says, but perhaps you're not in the house yet!  Any extra info you can offer will help though  


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:15

They like drier conditions anyway grandma, especially over winter. The shade will be more of an issue than the soil I think. It may lose a bit of it's colour which would be a shame. I have this one and it's particularly nice. Mine is in a raised bed in full sun although I mostly grow Phormiums in containers and I always make sure they have good drainage as we get a lot of rain. I'd add a bit of compost to your soil just to give it a boost, and retain a little more moisture if you're worried about it  

Is it the shade of a tree where it's going?

Verdict....your new plants this year

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:07

Verdun - you're right. It isn't Durban.   

I had that a few years ago so that's why it came to mind. It's Tropicanna Gold with green/yellow foliage - not the red of Durban. Flowers are too wishy washy for me. I'll find something else next year that will have better flower colour to put in front of it 

My deep red nasturtiums - 'Black Velvet' are beautiful though and I'll save some seed. They match the lily I got as a bargain in spring. Deep ruby red with dark yellowy/orange throats. They'll work well as part of a hotter area I want near the house, once my building work's done. 

Hedging plants

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 12:48

You don't want much Lou! 

Hebes if you want flowers. Or Euonymous.

That's all I'm saying 


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:10

Fidget - like wading through treacle sometimes isn't it?  You wonder sometimes what goes through the heads of the people who make some of these decisions. There's no consistency or common sense  

I'm much better today really - thanks everyone. Nothing compared to many people. Just frustrating when I want to get on with things and it's dry. 

Better go. Will catch up later 

creating impact with 1 narrow bed in a small urban garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:06

Having too many bits and pieces in a small area will always be impossible to get coherent. Pick one or two favoured shrubs and repeat them along your border.You can then add bulbs for spring impact in between as well as in pots at the base of your raised bed, and pots of summer colour when they fade. Use a big statement pot in an opposite corner with a similar feel as the bed or a piece of sculpture. You can always add pots next to the house as well. You're right in choosing a colour scheme as well - keep the colours to a minimum to give impact, you can alter that with the seasons. For instance - use green foliage , white flowering shrubs and then have  your extra planting all in the same colour, perhaps  bright yellows in spring, purples in summer, reds in autumn. The background stays the same and the colour alternates throughout the year. Painting the wall a contrasting or toning colour can also help the overall look to make it a feature in itself. 



Posted: 03/09/2014 at 07:53

Morning all. Dry but cloudy here. Full day at work today for me too. We're very busy suddenly with extras for elections and a  couple of people off on hols, so may not get anything done outside after. Nothing done yesterday either as I still felt a bit rough and shivery  

Liri - I can lend you my crampons...

Off for a quick look before I go. Have a good day everyone. 

Fab Gardening Programme

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 21:35

I have to agree with you Lesley. It was everything I disliked about Scottish gardens and Scottish gardening in general  - Heather, Rhodies and twee, outdated bedding.

Where it scores now though, is the simple clear advice from experienced people, as you say. Even when they discuss plants I'm not particularly interested in, it's presented in such a gentle and well informed way that it's a pleasure to watch. The comparison trials are excellent for anyone trying to decide what to plant - whether flower, fruit or veg.

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