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Shady area

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:02

Samantha - I'd add a couple of extras to Dove's great list  - Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum)., Heucheras, Tiarellas,  Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder) and Gaultheria. If you want some bigger shrubs - Sarcococca (Winter box) , Hydrangeas, Potentillas and Osmanthus burkwoodii all do well in shadier or semi shaded areas. 


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 20:39

Evening all you lovely people.

Been doing more painting in bedrooms and finished for now - the heavens opened half an hour ago and I now have a new pond in the back garden...

Feet up now waiting for heated up leftover chilli and watching Placido so that's me happy 

Cute pic BL. Seems no time since mine were that size and now they're big ugly teenagers!  


Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 18:29

They do sometimes take a while depending on when you sow. The ones I sowed last year were virtually evergreen due to the mild winter and only started looking a bit rough in march. They're now growing well with lots of new shoots. I use a gritty compost for them and pot them on once they're a decent size.

Oh and that's advertising - tut tut. not looked on very kindly on this forum 


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 18:23

It was nothing to do with me Dove...honest 

It's been the same here weatherwise so I did some painting in a bedroom. Went out with a friend for tea and buns at the GC and of course the sun came out. I was very well behaved - prices are ridiculous anyway. £8 for a six inch pot of Verb. bon. I could make a fortune with the amount I've got. I bought a little alpine - a little horizontal white thrift for an alpine pan - and a new spade 

I missed the news about Verd's niece - excellent - well done to her Verd , and glad you've had some good stuff after the rubbish Dove. Nice to be appreciated - don't hear that often enough nowadays.

starting a new 'Patch'

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:40
Peat Ballan wrote (see)
Anyone remember the singer from the 70's and 80's, Lou Rolls ? Sorry to bring up this delicate tissue !


I think it was spelt Rawls Peat - but nice try! ....

pansyface - that was worthy of Verdun 


I do remember him - but have forgotten the big hit he had .. must be all this rain affecting my brain....


verbena bonariensis

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:36

If there's a lot I'd thin them out and just leave the ones that are in suitable places. You could pot up a few of the ones you take out and grow them on for popping into spaces later or to give away if you want. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:28

What  a lovely honour to receive David 

Dove - I reckon David's flower will be like him - rich, sumptuous, mysterious and perhaps.....frilly...

worms/maggot infestation

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:36

I must admit Neil - I've never seen them in pots. What you describe in the pots would normally be more like vine weevil damage - they like potted plants in particular and do the same to roots as the leatherjackets do to grass. They're white and more maggotty looking so check the roots of anything you have in pots in case it's two separate problems.

Interestingly, on another thread this morning, someone has just heard that there's been a 40%  increase in leatherjackets here in Scotland which is causing issues with grassland.

worms/maggot infestation

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:27

Leatherjackets Neil. The offspring  of crane flies and they eat the roots of the grass. You can get nematodes for applying to kill them off although  the starlings might be doing a good job for you at the moment.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:16

I'd believe that pansyface. I've never seen so many crane flies as I did last year and I've dug up lots of leatherjackets while  I've been making new beds where it was previously grass. 

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