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Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:21

Yes - deciduous ones will be turning if you're in a cooler or more northern part of the country. 


Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:20

They need very little soil at all, but if you're putting them in a pot, border, or even a wall, start them off as philippa suggests. Once they're established, they'll spread around and make themselves at home  

Ants / Ants nest killing lavender hidcote plants

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:16

Ants don't damage plants in the way other 'pests' do - it's their tunnelling below the plant which is the issue as it causes large holes around roots, which are then sitting in fresh air. The plant has no soil medium below and around it, causing it to collapse and die. 

If you thoroughly soak the plants ( do the whole hedge if necessary) it should encourage the ants to go elsewhere, as they like nice, dry conditions. Do that every couple of days over the next week or so and check to see if the ants have moved on.  Although lavender can cope with drought, it doesn't mean they can't cope with water, so it won't do the plants any harm - assuming you have them in a suitable site, with decent drainage. You can then address the holes around the plants by adding new compost/soil etc. 

Drainage caused by ants however,  is drainage taken a step too far 

I'm also assuming there isn't another issue there with the plants, of course.

Orange / Bronze / Copper foliage plant

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 12:48

That's a good shout B'cupdays - the Hebe. I had that round the corner and it's so unusual compared to o  ther plants and shrubs. Really good structural plant. Don't see it in gardens very often.

Some of the species tulips are good for that  colour scheme, and are low growing and trouble free. I have an olivey/golden one which would certainly work - if I can recall it's name  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 12:38

Hosta - 18 is about as hot as I like it if there's no wind, which isn't often! Any hotter than that and I definitely need a breeze  

Have the tenants finally, finally  gone yet? 

I should have said wood pigeon-y size Pat. It just looked that sort of dimension 

Any meringue/pavlova going spare Dove?  

Pale and interesting - that's us Iain, although my arms are quick to colour after all the years of working outside. They might be weather beaten rather than tanned though...

Ooh - meant to say - the bat is terrific Dacha. He/she looks totally at home and nice and healthy. We have a few flitting around here but I haven't seen them for a few days. 

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Ugly metal fence

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 08:11

Yes - a few shrubs would be better. Escallonia is another which can be kept quite 'tight' so that it doesn't encroach and make the border a bit limited for other planting. You could add some tall verticals like Verbena bonariensis and alliums as well which will provide a taller screen, without being solid. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat. Where has July gone? 

Lovely pix. Birds are great. The galahs look quite large. Are they pigeon sized? NIce to see the echidna-  that really is a delightful addtiion to the garden 

I couldn't live anywhere but Scotland. The heat in England would kill me, never mind anywhere else! It's why the landscape, in the north west particularly, is so spectacular. Without the weather we get, we wouldn't have that. Centuries of scouring 

Another grey, cool day here. All  the rowans are laden with scarlet berries and look beautiful.Got the grass done last night before the rain came back in, which was handy.

chicky - wet and muddy is all part of the 'fun'...isn't it? I'm always amazed at how lots of girls can be so particular about every aspect of themselves - hair, makeup et al, yet when they get the chance to be manky for several days, it all goes out the window!  

I'll haev a very quick look round before I go. Have a great day everyone 

Peony - Leaf Scorch? Wilt?

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 21:16

The leaves will just die back by themselves. The base of the plant grows from little red 'nubs', not unlike the way a hosta looks when first emerging, so if you can keep those on or near the surface when you replant it, that will be ideal. 

I took this pic of mine in late March, when someone asked about planting depth earlier this year. It was in a pot and about to get a new spot in the ground. You can see the old stems still in place. I just removed those as the foliage started into growth. 

I don't thnk they make good pot specimens - they're much happier in the ground.  Mine was only there because I had to move it, and didn't have a new place for it until this year. 

Peony - Leaf Scorch? Wilt?

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 20:00

I'd remove all the rubbish and repot - but make sure you don't plant it too deeply. That's the most common cause of paeonies not flowering well. It looks as if it has been planted a bit deep, but it's hard to tell. They need good  drainage too, so check that the holes in the pot are clear by putting some crocks in the bottom  to allow excess water to drain away. 

The foliage is just a bit scorched - which may be from watering on top of the plant, especially if it's been sunny at the time. Always water at the base of the plant - not from above. They're getting a bit rough looking at this time of year as they're finished for now.

It will need more attention than one in the ground, but once it's repotted, just make sure it isn't waterlogged. In spring, you can replace a little of the top inch or two of soil with fresh compost/soil and some slow release food. If it's staying in a pot long term, you should use a soil based compost, not just multi purpose, and you can use a tomato food or similar once it starts showing new buds in spring, to encourage good flowering. Make sure it also has really good support, as they can get very top heavy once the foliage reaches it's peak. 

Maybe in with a chance

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 19:16

I don't use it either Papi Jo, and it allowed me to vote - well try and vote.

It's the long winded way of voting I have the issue with, but mainly the fact that I never got an email with the link needed to activate the vote. I tried going back in to vote again, and there was a timer on the photos saying you could vote again in about twenty minutes. Most peculiar  

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