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Plant ID, please?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:52

I meant it was broom you'd probably seen in the GC Lantana!

I think the pic is a Coronilla - the foliage/stem doesn't look right for Cytisus. Genista, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't have that foliage but it could easily be one of those as I don't grow any of them  

Rockery inspiration please!

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:45

Can you give us some photos Jan? It's always difficult to make suggestions if we can't see the size etc. 

As a starting point - some of the little saxifrages would be happy enough - they cope with most things. Arabis is another.  I have a dwarf Gaultheria which is happy in shade and has little white flowers like Pieris) followed by berries. Evergreen, trouble free. Might be a bit dry in your site unless you get a decent amount of rainfall. Pulsatillas - (pasqueflowers) would  be fine there too. Smaller Euphorbias migth be ok too. 

Last edited: 09 May 2017 12:45:40

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:41

Hosta - my nephew had endless problems with his electricity supply when he rented - went on for years. Even after he moved to his own house with his partner, the problem was lingering. It was a faulty meter or a new one, and they (Scottish Power) were dragging their heels over the payments being sorted, readings being disputed etc, but I'm not even sure if he's got it completely resolved. He's now moved again - I must ask him if he ever got it soretd! 

Azalea problem

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:31

I think you've answered your own question. It's dry. Soak them thoroughly, then mulch. If they're in a bit of a rain shadow too, be prepared to water more often, especially in dry spells, the late summer when buds are forming, and when it's windy.

The acidic soil thing is misleading too. They don't need acidic soil, they just don't like alkaline soil. Pete is right - you can't fundamentally change your soil. If you have unsuitable soil, you need to use large containers or raised beds to make the soil more suitable. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:14

Mine has rocketed too Hosta.uck with the same compnay because there was no exit fee and it was the best of a bad bunch. Lo and behold when the gubbins came through - suddenly there was one... 

I stilI think that sounds ludicrously high though. Energy companies ...

Unless there's an issue with your meter? They've been discussing it on the news this morning about how they're going to cap it etc. I'll believe it when I see it. Manifestos.....


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:11

I leave the flowering stems too nut. They can be really attractivefor a long period. Insects love the bracts too. A slightly underrated garden plant I think. 

Plant ID, please?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:08

It's probably been broom you've seen Lantana - Cytisus ( not to be confused with cystitis  ) Flowers are similar, but no proper scent  

Paving over grass

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:05

You'd have to kill off the grass  to start with. Unless it's an absolutely solid, level surface, the paving will shift unless it's incredibly well mortared down, and even then - it will still probably shift and become uneven as weather conditions change.

You'd need to build a supporting timber or brick edge and fill it with hardcore or sand to lay the paving on if you can't get a digger in. Or get several strong folk to come and dig it out for you to lay a base.

Schizostylis coccinea

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:00

Bit of a bonus, yarrow 

Nice supports 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 07:58

Nice pic TGG ! I might try that one day - if I ever lie down on the grass. I should make the effort just now as it's probably as dry as it's ever going to get  

Pottering's good b'foot gardener. I like a bit of that too. Lovely pix   

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