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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:26

Morning Dove and Clari 

Some of mine were slightly later varieties chick, but it does show how different conditions and locations can alter what we do in our gardens. I'm  about 700' above sea level which also makes a difference. I've only just removed crocus foliage and some of it is still green 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 06:56

Morning all. Wet here too KEF. Very wet all night I think. Not much chance of getting the grass cut later...

I gave up with Cosmos. Everything is growing like mad now. I'd planned to split two big phormiums but kept putting it off. One will have to wait as it now has a large flower spike... every cloud...

Some of my daffs have only just finished chicky!

Please help with a hebe plant

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:21

Some Hebes  tend to get a bit leggy and spread anyway. The best way to keep them tidy is to trim them regularly into a neat shape. Some have a natural round shape to start with but these varieties are more sprawling. It would do much better in the ground. You mentioned that you think it might have rotted, but anything in  a pot with a canopy of foliage will get much less water than you think. If you put your finger into the compost you can check whether it's dry or wet. It's a big plant so it might actually be a bit on the dry side. I'd tidy up all the weedy growth on the soil surface and mulch it with grit or gravel too if you keep it in the pot for any length of time.

Wild rhododendron

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:02

It's a small area to have it in Chops. I'd get shot of it if it was me but you might want to enjoy it just now. I'd buy a reliable named variety if you want  a rhodie for the front garden. They'll take a while to get big and you can prune them to keep them the height you want.

Soil types

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:56

Live dangerously tattianna - nothing ventured etc!  

If the soil's quite light I'd definitely add plenty of good compost, and some FYM if you can,  to get them off to a good start. They don't like to be short of water while establishing so water them well once they're in and mulch with bark or some more compost to stop them drying out.

Black polythene

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:45

I know from experience that it grows underneath and around the polythene and just comes up elsewhere! It can also withstand strong weedkiller....been there and done it 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:16

It's all too techie for me Lesley. Someone else did mine when Blackest started the thread last year.  John Harding is techie - perhaps he'll be on later, but there's bound to be someone on who'll be able to do it for you.


I'd take a few trips to the dump  if it was me....

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:13

Great pix again everyone. Ighten - the time you've spent getting the hard landscaping right will pay dividends once you get the plants in. It will be lovely when it all starts to mature adn you can admire it instead of slogging away.

Nice to have more scots posting - it's only been me and Andy for ages. 

KEF- love the poppy you posted recently- white/purply plum, and the clematis. Great colour.

Pot plants

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:05

Cordylines like sun Lyn so I wouldn't think they'd be very happy there. I'd second the Hostas - they can look very smart in a good big pot. Some of the yellow/green Heucheras will do well in that situation too.

Tying In

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:01

I use string mainly - as David says, the  clippy things would be a bit severe on finer Clematis stems. The wire split circles are useful too, but I also buy plastic coated wire on reels and just cut pieces to suit. There's some green rubber/foam covered wire available now (quite thick) which I've not tried but it might look a bit ugly unless there's a good bit of foliage to cover it up. I like doing tying in.

Remember to tie  string firmly round the support first, then round the stem loosely to avoid chopping the stems in half 

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