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Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:04

If you're looking for an evergreen, because of the neighbouring shed, you could try a Choisya. The golden one 'Sundance'  will appreciate a little break from full sun. They're a bit slower than the standard green variety but will give you a burst of colour even if the flowers are a little less vigorous. The green one has nice scented flowers and may be more suitable with the other shrubs around it though. Escallonias are fairly quick growers. Most have pink flowers but the white one is very nice and will work with any colours you already have there. If it doesn't have to be evergreen, a buddleia will be happy there and provide a good framework over winter. Grows quickly and just needs pruned in spring really to give you the stems for the new flowers. Great if you want flower power, and lovely scent too.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas to start with 


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:54

Steve - hit the nail on the head there!  

Hope you enjoy the forum MrsT. I've seen you on some of the other threads too.  It's a great mine of information - and not just about gardening!  Sometimes, a few people cause a bit of disruption, but if the threads in question are ignored they will hopefully disappear 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:20

Aren't those ermine moths stunning? 

Lovely pix on here as always. Not sure this one's so pretty. Youngest daughter didn't think so when she saw this in her bedroom and went screaming into her sister's room like a big girl...

 The opening of that glass is about 3" 

plants and arches

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:12

As bekkie says - it 'll depend on what you want to grow. I take it you mean it's a gateway of some kind through a wall that you have? Roses are the classic, but can be a bit jaggy for places you're constantly going through! Clematis are a lovely alternative, with lots to choose from.

Can you post a pic of the area as that will help with further advice?  


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:07

No need to get me jewellery Verd - some plants will do. It's not my birthday for a few weeks yet but I'm happy to receive an unbirthday present just now 

I think Spike would like a new plant or two ...

Know what you mean about the light. There's something very particular about it in Autumn, whether it's a misty day or a bright sunny one. It enhances lots of planting. I'm looking forward to those spider webs with their 'diamonds' along them on damp hazy mornings.  I've made this privacy screen with a little window in the middle and older fairy said last week  'won't that be lovely if a spider makes a web across it' - which it surely will. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:47

Glad you had a better visit with Mum Verdi. If she's laughing - that's the important thing isn't it. If you can live in her world for that little while and keep her amused that will be huge benefit - to you as well 

Couldn't agree with Fishy more. You know you're the better person. And it's obvious you don't do it as a sense of duty - you do it because you care. That's the difference.

Lyn - proof, if it was ever needed, of the benefits of gardens and ponds in particular  


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:41

The tea breads are good Steve - Bara Brith. The fruit's soaked overnight in tea as Dove says. They don't last long in this house though...the only travelling they do is to my mouth 

Good to see you back in the land of the virtual Dove 

I ain't been up to nuffink guv..

Water Lily

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:37

It's more of a pondside plant Lyn, but happy in quite wet conditions so ideal for boggy bits, and it will grow in shallows too. We had a rill connecting the ponds and it grew in there.

I get very sad when I see a dead bee 

Not sure if that's a common one Lyn. I think they're regional too - like birds and butterflies. We used to get loads of damsel flies and black and yellow dragonflies. We had a smaller pond near the big one, and we'd bought some young koi which we kept in there so we netted the pond. I had to help the emerging dragonflies out sometimes if they couldn't find the gaps in the net! 

Aren't they just the most beautiful creatures - even if the nymphs are rather horrible and vicious!


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:25

Morning all. Wet here just now so I'm glad I did all the grass after work yesterday.

If you soak your fruits for your 'festival at the end of the year' cake for a couple of nights it makes them more luscious too. It means you can make it nearer the time too 

Off for a look round as I was too busy  last night watching lovely Mr Izzard in the drama he was in.

Hope all the workers at t'mill have a good day. I've been let off for good behaviour today 


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:48

Was that the very wet year Fiona? Many may simply have rotted. 'Blind' bulbs - ie when they have foliage but don't produce flowers -  is often because they're not planted deep enough, or it can be because they're congested and clumps need splitting up.  

I garden on clay and we get a lot of rain so I always try to mix plenty of grit where I've got bulbs, just to try and avoid having them sitting in waterlogged ground, although lots of daffs will grow well in surprisingly wet conditions. Tulips need really good drainage though, and many people grow them as annuals - buying new stock each year - as they tend to be less vigorous as each year goes by.  I grow them in pots mainly, as it's easier to give them better conditions. 

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