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Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:35

I'd do them in pots if I got them  - too risky in the ground here, although my new raised beds are well drained...

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:19

If you angled it a bit and used some of the spreading sedums to trail over the edges, you could get quite good coverage I think. 

and maybe paint the guttering to tone in with the fence/wall it's going on 

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:59

Absolutely Welshonion - has to be something that thrives on thin air and neglect. That's why my sempervivums grow so well....

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:55

Oh we do Dove - they're like moles here...

The adult damage is still unlikely to seriously affect an established privet, which is what I meant in my previous post, so I wouldn't be too worried. The grubs - which do the real damage - aren't necessarily feeding on the privet anyway. I've got a lot of adult v. weevil holes on a big rhodie , but the grubs must be eating someone else's plants 

Have you noticed any damage to other plants in your garden Hannah? Vine weevil's more common in plants in containers. 

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:42

Hi Dennis - I think you'd struggle to get the depth for strawberries in guttering. You could try sempervivums, saxifrages and low growing sedums which don't need much growing medium  or attention, and will provide an all year round display. Mix grit in with the soil, make lots of drainage holes and site them in a sunny aspect and they should perform well   

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:11

As the others have said Hannah, it's pretty hard to kill privet. Good housekeeping helps - clear away anything you remove. Vine weevil on an established privet is fairly unlikely. The lack of water after pruning is more likely to be the cause of the 'browning'  problem. Privet's like grass - a good spell of rain will help it spring back to life. It normally grows like mad up here with all the rain we usually get !  



Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:11

Take it easy today Yvie. I think painting might be less painful than aerating!  My shoulders are still complaining from swinging a pickaxe and digging. I still have some 'window' boxes to do for the back fence but I'll need to get some battens first. Another one is ready to plant up though. They are a bit more like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon rather than a green wall... 

chicky - keep taking the tablets 

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:03

The white ones are lovely Salino but I've never grown them as I'd have to pot them and keep them protected over winter here. I'm tempted for next year though  


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:43

It would only make a difference if they were the small species/botanical tulips and were therefore planted too deep to come through properly. They're much smaller bulbs though so you'd have noticed the difference. As the others have said - they're probably  spring flowering ones and will be fine  


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:37

Liri - you'd think under the circumstances the council could find another solution for residents. 

The big buddleia I hacked to the ankles and started digging out recently, has loads of new growth.  I'll have to get the man with the digger to get it out  when I get the extension founds done. It's rooted under concrete at some point, so no chance. My shed roof needs doing too. So much to do - so little time.. and so many aching limbs 

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