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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:04

50/50 mix of grit and soil for apines, merlot. Can't go too far wrong if  you do that. Top dress them with grit once you've planted them too, to keep water away from the neck of the plants and to keep them 'clean'  

honeysuckle has no blossom

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:32

The DIY stores here  have tons of stuff just now so I'm expecting to see lots of cut price bargains any day....

Perhaps they're hoping it will be another good summer so they've produced more than normal!

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:31

I use a tomato feed for my strawbs. I use it whenever I water them as they're in a big pot -  more diluted than normal. Once the fruits are forming I stop using it.  You can use slow release food if they're in a pot though. I'd replenish the soil with fresh compost and some FB and B, sarah but as far as I know, you can replant strawbs in the same place.

honeysuckle has no blossom

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:25

If you want to have climbers - as opposed to a shrub or something lower growing - why not try some sweet peas for this year and do a bit of research for next year for a more permanent alternative. 

Garden Centres will probably still have sweet peas available. If not - there will be lots of perennials or annuals which would give you some colour for this summer. 

Too late for tomatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:20

They often have plants going cheap by the time it gets to June - I got 3 tomato plants for thirty pence last year!

Pink flowering wall plant in Scotland

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:18

They're quite easy to find Cardoon - most GCs and nurseries will have them at this time  of year and you can make a display quite easily in a container too. There are lots of nurseries which specialise as well.. We had tons of those ferns in the terrace walls at my last house. They loved the conditions. 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:07

No KEF - I fold very carefully....

and I don't buy too many clothes that require i***ing 

Take it easy with the back Panda. Mine's been rubbish for various reasons for forty years. I'm just used to it now but getting out of bed is quite entertaining 

Pink flowering wall plant in Scotland

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:02

It's Phlox - don't know what kind though Cardoon 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:00

Wintersong - that pergola's looking great. 

I use bright greens and variegated plants to stop white looking flat. You can add a bit of deep red and some yellow/gold or plum coloured foliage plants to lift the purple and white too. If you like Phormiums they're good for a contrast in shape and foliage colour. Foliage contrast is the best way of lifting a colour scheme - for big leaves -  I like Ligularias , Fatsias and  Hostas , and for a vertical contrast- Foxgloves, Verbena bonariensis, Alliums etc to give height and stop everything looking a bit samey. I find plants like Euphorbia are good for linking colours - the bracts are a good contrast to the foliage so you can have two plants nearby picking up the two different colours. 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:45

I've just received my white foxgloves from The Botanic Nursery - Pam's Favourite and Snow Thimble for the shady borders next to the boundary fence. I'd ordered them before Chelsea though. Great service too. 

The Cayeux Irises would be my downfall - but they're hideously expensive so probably just as well! 

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