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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:16

I love it Vic. It makes a nice shaped plant and I like the way it looks when the buds are about to open - lovely and plump. 

Mine won't flower for quite a while - we're about a month behind the South.  It's worth the wait though. 

The Rocket's  a different shape - upright spires. Lovely  too. Funny that they don't seem to be as popular as some other perennials. Terrific statement plants  

That's a shame Liri. I've managed to keep mine fairly slug free despite our climate. It may be trickier in the ground though, although I did have it in one of the raised borders for a year and it was ok. 

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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:05

Britt-Marie Crawford, Vic. Golden/orange daisies - multi headed stems. Bees and hoverflies love it.

I get a bit of slug damage on it and a bit of leaf miner, but it's not really a problem. The underside of the foliage is plum coloured. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:37

Cloggie - the one I have gets a bit of both. It has shade till later morning then gets the sun till mid afternoon. It's in a pot just now though, and is going into the new sunny border I'm making. I did find that in long periods of full sun that it wilted, but I think that was down to being in the pot and I couldn't keep it well enough watered. They're generally sun loving, but I think they'd benefit from a bit of a break from it, especially if it was in a south facing spot. They need some moisture at the roots to prevent them getting droopy in prolonged heat. 

Can I plant Hostas here?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:36

Hard to tell just how big a space you have but if it's reasonable, white Dicentra (as long as there's some moisture) and white hardy geraniums will be happy.  That'll brighten the spot from spring through summer, following your Magnolia's flowers. 

White is great for brightening up shady areas. 

Fence Dispute

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:18

Snap philippa. Horrible situation,these boundary issues 

Fence Dispute

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:14

Short answer is no Gill, they can't attach anything to your fence.  

This sort of situation can be tricky though. Can you prove the boundary is yours and definitely not shared? If you're sure it's not a shared boundary, then they can't use it - the fence is yours. Can you check your deeds or contact a solicitor to clarify it? 

Even so, it can cause problems as they might object if you say to them they'll have to remove what they've attached. Again, some legal advice may help if you don't want a confrontation. Very awkward for you  

What would you plant here?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:04

The white Escallonias (like many white plant varieties)  are less hardy than the pink ones Dewdrops. They don't survive for long up here at all unfortunately.  Good air flow helps prevent pests and diseases on slightly susceptible plants. It may just be that it's been a bit crowded by other planting though. You could take off the dead and ropey bits and see if it improves it  

l think chicky's suggestion is a good one for your site. 


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:46

Not overly warm here either Lesley - but ideal for getting the pickaxe out  here. I was meant to be planting the rest of the sweet peas in a big pot and finishing planting the rest of the 'window box' on the back fence, but  I've been digging concrete-y ground again....

Hope I've not given you that horrible thing I had Dove. Only just got rid of it  

We've had a light 'smirr' on and off this afternoon. That's a great word isn't it! 

The proper rain is meant to be tomorrow. Should go and put some weed and feed on the front grass. Only a little needed so it would make sense, but I'm weary. Or lazy. Not sure which.

Could do with some dinner.  Forgot to take salmon out the freezer so may have to try and find some leftovers. Hopeless mare 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:28

Smashing Yvie. Very restful  

I like clashing, but my garden is designed to be restful, so strong colours offset with lots of green, white and purple. I'll have a 'loud' border along the back of the 'stension, and I can put the bench there and sit with my back to it  

The Duchess (of Edinburgh) has a couple of flowers - loads of buds to come too 

Philadelphus starting to open. I have two of these and they were meant to be Belle Etoile but I reckon they're Manteau d'Hermine. Definitely not BE.  Purple foliage of Ligularia beside it 


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 13:06

The foliage should be left on till it dies back Tray. Like any other bulb, the foliage is what feeds the bulb for next year. You could give them a liquid feed just now to compensate  if you've already taken the foliage off. 

Anything in a pot can be planted out at any time of year, unless the ground is waterlogged or frozen - hopefully that's not the case just now! 

Pick a sunny spot with nice sharp drainage for them. 

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