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Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:28

I know you've said it's a perennial but I was wondering if it was a Pieris? Gaultheria also have flowers like that but the foliage is small.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:25

That's lovely Dove, but what's everyone else having.....

Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:24

Phill - do you mean each individual leaf is palm sized, or do you mean a palmate shape with each leaf being an oval?


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:18

I'll give you a shout tomorrow Panda....half five /six be alright? 

Lousy weather here today - thundery showers that last for about forty minutes and only around 13/14 degrees. 

Still - my grass looks nice 

That looks a  bit like the cake daughter brought home last night - she only had one piece for me though...honestly, it's just not good enough for a woman of my age...

Cake would be nice right now Dove..hint hint ..

Which variety of Buddleja would this be ?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:07

I've got two Belle Etoile, bought last year, but the leaves are softer and brighter. Maybe because they're young plants though?

Only pic I have is a bit blurry 

Talkback: Growing Russian vine

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:59

A montana type Clematis would be a much better alternative for your site Gerry. Best in the ground though- none of these would do well in pots as they're too restricted by them. You'll get flowers in spring and you can just prune it to keep it where you want it. Readily available - pale pink or white varieties. The white 'Grandiflorum' is particularly attractive I think. 

Alternatively - if you have to use pots - there are loads of Clematis which will be happy on your fence but they'll need quite a bit of attention to keep them happy unless the pots are very big. Clematis are hungry plants.

Border planting plans, suggestions

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:53

If you have problems with rabbits that will largely determine what you grow unless you rabbit-proof the whole area 

The spireas would make a nice structural shrub -arguta 'Bridal Wreath' for spring and then one of the summer flowering ones for this time of year but you'd have to make  a protective cage with wire till they establish. A good alternative would be Potentilla - the whites are readily available and bunnies tend to leave those alone. Long flowering period too. They don't touch rhodies and azaleas on the whole either so if you can grow those in your soil they would give you more structure and there's plenty of whites and reds for spring . Repeat planting of something that works for your colour scheme is a good idea. Hardy geraniums are very useful too - plenty of white varieties and long flowering season, and bunnies don't touch daffs and snowdrops so you could put a load of the whiter varieties of Narcissus this autumn to start your white planting off next year. If you add a bit of 'red' foliage' Cotinus, Berberis etc that will set off your white and red flowering plants. I found they left Phormiums alone on the whole - plenty of reddish/dark ones as well as the greener varieties. If you can get a few vertical spires planted in amongst the shrubs for this time of year they will be a bit better protected. Foxgloves are useful. Cimcifuga ( now Actea) is a great vertical for later in the year if you can protect it a bit from the munchers. Nice dark foliage. Hope that's of some help 

The list of supposedly 'rabbit proof' plants is mislaeading - the little b*****s eat pretty much anything  

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 12:47

It's likely to be a Group 2 or 3 hollie- some that flower just now will flower again in late summer/early autumn so if you can narrow it down by looking at the specialist sites you'll find out the best pruning. Some get trimmed in autumn and some get cut hard back in spring. Is it really that colour or is it the camera? My purple plants always look very blue in photos. 

They're beautiful plants and you'll no doubt want loads more if you go on the grower's sites!

Flora - you can always create obelisks fro them in your borders to grow more....

Rik Mayall

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 12:41

I grew up with Monty Python - which, of course, our parents hated and which I now find tedious-  but for those of you who loved Rik, try and watch his most recent tv appearances as Greg Davies's  Dad in 'Man Down', not sure how they'll do the next series.  

I love all the current crop of comics - Russell Howard, Jon Richardson etc along with my girls. I don't dictate what they should watch or enjoy - they should find their own 'heroes' just as my sister and me did, but my oldest daughter adores Blackadder and loved him as Lord Flashheart.....' woof - smoke me a kipper,  I'll be back for breakfast'

Thanks for the laughs Rik. 

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:40

It's such a small space that I think any shrub would look a bit isolated. How about a big statement pot which can have different pots inserted with seasonal planting? Bulbs in spring, annuals or perennials for summer etc. An evergreen grass, box or a Hebe for a nice architectural look in winter, or even left empty it would be attractive.


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