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Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:36

I largely stayed out of the previous thread as it rapidly descended into personal attacks on a valued member of the forum, with many bitchy, patronising comments, so my heart sank when I saw yet another thread on this topic.

History has a habit of repeating itself.... 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:28

Forget begonias and welcome the blackbirds Kate - much more pleasant to have in the garden  

ppauper - I spotted a painted lady the other day - first I've seen in this new garden. They're quite like a tortoiseshell, but the black and white markings are arranged differently. Across the 'corners' of the wings (like  Red Admirals' markings but paler) and right round the perimeter.     

Cat deterrent

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:52

It's attached to the hose Sheps, so you can move it and position it where you want  

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. 

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