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Latest posts by Fairygirl

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:12

They really need to be in the ground Sharon. They're really not suited to being in a container for any length of time - even a big one. They need lots of room to do their thing.

strawberries courgette and cucumber

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:00

Don't grow cumbers or courgettes rosemummy but I do grow strawbs in big pots. I don't really do much with them at all - they've been fed and the fruits are forming now so I let them get on with it. I'll pot up runners to make more for next year. It's helpful to have something on the soil/compost to keep them from getting dirty and wet to avoid them rotting, which just attracts the dreaded slugs and snails. Straw is traditional but it can be gravel or grit or anything else suitable. Less of a problem in pots anyway. I take a few leaves off if the foliage is blocking light too much but that's usually later on. 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:53

A change is a good thing if you feel you no longer like what you've created, but I would never just chuck plants out. I have loads of fences here and they're horrible and are being covered. I don't know why anyone would want to look at them in preference to plants. What I find funny is when people see lots of planting they automatically think it means lots of maintenance. The opposite is often true. Lots of greenery - in the form of shrubs in particular - saves  lots of weeding, and is beneficial to everyone, especially wildlife  

I think we're always tweaking our gardens and if something doesn't perform well then it can be moved or given away. Design in gardens reflects social change - it's been that way for thousands of years - but no one should dictate to someone else regarding what they like to plant in their own plot. Advise perhaps, but nothing more..


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:42

I had one climbing up the kitchen window recently  but I couldn't get a pic of him - it's too high up for me to get close enough... 

I love them too 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:20

Do you mean shield bugs KEF?

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:08

I love bronze fennel - the flower heads are lovely. They make a good plant even in the middle of a herbaceous border because they're 'wispy' and contrast nicely with other, more solid, foliage. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:47

I love ground beetles 

Dove's advice is spot on. They're our friends in the garden.

design required please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:46

I know you're wanting perennials Grant but a few well chosen evergreen shrubs will give the area some definition over winter too. A couple of obelisks  (or even tripods of canes)  in the middle somewhere, or along the fence, with sweet peas or clematis growing up them would give some height. Try and avoid having the plants all the same sizes. Acteas (cimcifuga)  will also give height and late colour in that aspect  

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:41

Bergenia Dove?

ID if poss please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:35

I'd agree with Pete but it's a bit hard to tell when it's so close up Alan. Can you get a longer view of it at all?

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