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Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:29

I think if you have to keep them in pots it's important to make sure the pots are big enough to sustain them and you remove some of the old compost each year and replace it with fresh, as shrubs will use up the nutrients very quickly. Also, making sure they have adequate water but aren't waterlogged either, and they have suitable drainage. Plants in pots are always going to need more attention than they would in the open ground. Bringing them inside means they'll lack light too, which won't help.

Is it possible to post a pic, and is the balcony quite small Possum? If it's not over or under watering, it may be as simple as  needing fewer shrubs in bigger pots so that they have room to grow, especially when you say you've had the same issue with other plants.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:54

You're getting good MrsG - cutting and pasting!

I was looking at the next picture 

The foliage looks so fresh on that pic doesn't it? 

I'd like a plant like this...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:06

I know the one you mean MMeerkat it's a particularly nice one. Beautiful colour.

BL - isn't it strange how they can be so different! I think Knautia is more forgiving  of wetter conditions than Scabious, but that may just be my own experience.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:51

What lovely pix DD.  Where is the location? My crocus aren't out yet but I've lots that aren't far away and I'm looking forward to them.

I agree totally Fleurisa. Not an Iris I care for at all - insipid colour isn't it?  I have 'Purple Gem' which are deep purple and I've grown 'Pauline' before which is also very dark.  


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:46

Wish I was meeting psychopaths....

Lovely pix pdoc. I love the little reticulata iris. One of mine opened the other day and I have three matching pots of them which I'll move onto the back steps so that I see them when coming in and out. I used to have some pots of them on the deck outside my French doors in a previous house. It was lovely seeing them every time I walked past going from the lounge to the kitchen. I do big pots of crocus so that they're at a better height to see them. 

Despite the downpours of hail yesterday, and the snow coming tomorrow -  Spring's on it's way!   

japanese style but new to it all help please

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:33

Hi Diane - lots of good replies and advice already. With such a small area I'd agree about not having grass at all - the planting will give you enough greenery and it wouldn't be worth trying to maintain. One bit of advice I'd give is - don't make the mistake of only using small plants because it's a small space. Use bigger plants and make statements with them and it will actually make the area look bigger. You can see the effect in some of blairs' pictures. Repeating  the same plant will unify the space too.

There's lots of plant choices readily available  depending on your aspect. Is it sunny or shady? For low growing prostrate plants try junipers,saxifrages and thyme to give the effect.   Don't be frightened of having some height to contrast with the lower growing plants as well - Acers are the obvious choice, but conifers, azaleas, rhodos and dwarf pines give evergreen height and shape and won't require too much maintenance other than keeping them to the height you want.  

Designing from scratch

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 08:16

Well done Rich - you've achieved a huge amount and it's so satisfying when you do it yourself isn't it? Love the decking on the angle - much harder to do than a square or rectangle . I bet you enjoy the rendering. Practice icing cakes - it's the same idea! 

Cute chicks too 


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 08:12

Well done Clari - had a look at one of your 'kitchen' posts...

Glad you're ok today Verd and Pam. The weather on the news looks horrific. I see the blame game has started in Westminster - a big boy did it and ran away apparently....

A bit more pleasant here today but snow forecast again for tomorrrow. Hope we miss it again. Sympathies to your son Pam. It's the difficult side of owning animals. Even hardened vets are affected when it happens.

Don't eat too much cake Ggirl. Have a lovely day 

Off  to work in a moment so have a good day all.



Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:54

Is it a nice waterproof one Dove?

Fridays are part of my weekends - for the time being anyway 

 Work in the morning so I'm off to bed.  Night all  

See you tomorrow.

I'd like a plant like this...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:33

Is it a particularly rainy part of the country where you are LF?

Scabious always do well here too, and they can also get very mildewy  - same family though.

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