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Posted: 17/07/2015 at 13:25

Hello all. Back from the mines - not getting any quieter...  It would help if people didn't phone on a Thursday wanting their rosettes for the weekend, because they're so b****y disorganised, and when we knock ourselves out to get them ready and phone them to say they're ready they tell us they've cancelled the show because of the weather....

Rant over - it's Friday 

Hope you have a lovely time WW. Wouldn't know romance if it came knocking on my door either!

Has Steve got a rubber ring with him as an extra precaution? Showing my age now 

Just when is summer coming Verd, and can you send it here when it does please? 

Gap filling

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:31

Very droll Verd 

Lua - the old name for Cimcifuga is Actea.

Verd is our resident joker on the forum, although his jokes aren't as good as mine 

Rhodedendrums and azaleas,and camelia

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:28

They can all be pruned, but in order to keep them flowering the following year it should be done after flowering, so probably  a  bit late really for this year. However, I've pruned rhodies and azaleas at any time of year - it largely depends on the maturity of the plant and how much you chop off. I inherited a large rhodie here and hacked it back a lot last summer. It still flowered but slightly less. After pruning, give them a feed water well and mulch. 

Bear in mind that Camellias start forming their buds in late summer so it's best to leave that till just after flowering next spring.  Their natural habit  is to grow outwards as well as upwards and you may sacrifice a lot of  flowers if you continually prune it into a more upright shape. Giving it a good prune next year and then keeping it tidied each year after that will probably be the best solution.

Gap filling

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 20:55

Hi Lua - I have Cimcifugas  with foxgloves. They make big plants with tall flower spikes of scented flowers. They start flowering around late July/August. They like some shade and soil that's not too dry so you may have to position them carefully. The dark foliage ones look smart amongst green or variegated plants. You could also have smaller, autumn flowering shrubs or perennials in front which will disguise the empty spaces. It all depends on what space you have too. 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 20:49

White bits are fairly normal Steve - if it's a hot, dry and windy site, they dry out very quickly in pots - even big ones. If your mum can give them a bit of shade during the middle of the day it might help. A pot that size will dry out quickly.

What annuals can I plant now that will look nice for a couple of months

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:18

Unfortunately dominoman, the bargain plants are not very sturdy which just makes them more attractive to the little b*****s.

I'm with MariewO - I chop 'em. No chance of them coming back then, and quicker and kinder than the salt water...

The snails take their chances with the traffic when I chuck them over the fence. 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:11

I like to wander on the Upsidey Downs on a good day Verd....

Boundary Hedge

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:06

I'd agree with hogweed. A separate barrier on the inside of the hedge - doesn't have to be solid - and plenty of climbers.

You could have a few shrubs for winter interest. There will be plenty of choice and you wouldn't have to worry about foundations. Just leave enough room for maintenance to your property. 

If you can post a pic of the area, it will help with more exact recommendations too. Click on the oak tree icon in the toolbar and follow the instructions.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:02

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:01

There are lots of threads on this subject and everyone has a different view on the  best solution unfortunately! Vigilance and night hunting seem to be the most effective methods but it's hard in the early part of the season if you have a lot of young vulnerable plants. Some years are worse than others - cold, frosty weather can help, while mild wet winters are perfect conditions for them and if they then get a foothold early on and then breed....

It might take a few years to get a good balance of predators to help too. Perhaps you could grow a few less 'vulnerable' plants until that happens, or grow them in numbers that are easier to keep a watch over. Keeping  plants undercover till they're  a good size also helps. Strong sturdy plants can withstand the onslaught more easily.

Destroying them when you catch them is a sure way of making sure they don't return for seconds at your classy restaurant  somapop   

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