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Positioning of Plants

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:07

It's understandable Lucid. We can all overthink things, and plants are expensive so we don't want them to die!

The usual rule of planting is 'right plant, right place', which simply means pick something suitable for your site and conditions, but that can be hard to interpret until you have some experience of growing various different plants. Location in the country is also a big factor. My conditions are very different from Verdun's - he's in Cornwall and I'm in west central Scotland! 

As Verd says - if something isn't thriving, you can move it, and if there's a plant you really want to put in, and you aren't sure if you have the right site, you can ask on the forum as to whether or not it will suit you. There will always be someone with experience who can advise 

Strawberry plants

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:57

I have lots on mine - but they're an everbearing variety. I wasn't impressed with the fruit on them last year though.

Lousy year for strawbs this year - here anyway, so if any fruits develop - the birds can have them!   

I had flowers recently on some of the other variety I have. Snipped them off, as others have done, to save energy.

Fidgets Wedding Day

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:53

Have a great day fidget and future Mr. fidget - you deserve it after all your hard work. Hope the sun shines on you tomorrow and every day afterwards  


Lots of love from the Fairy family xxx


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:23

Ah  It's a pain when you have people coming round and you have to go round tidying isn't it!

Got my washing in and now the rain's gone off and the sun's come out again. 


Planting Now or Later

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:21

If you get a lot of slugs - we do here - it's probably best to follow obelixx's advice, ie grow them on over winter so that you have a more robust plant to put out.

If the molluscs are on the march early on ( or at any time) be ready to watch over them and take action! 

Positioning of Plants

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:17

It's the amount of sun or shade a plant receives in an average day Lucid. Full sun would be something sited in a south facing position for instance (assuming there isn't anything blocking that sun!) and getting five or six hours worth. Partial shade would be an east or west facing location,  therefore getting sun for part of the day, or under a deciduous tree canopy where the strength of the sun is somewhat filtered by the overhead foliage. The time of year the plant flowers isn't really a major factor. 

You'll also find that many plants will cope with varying conditions in terms of the amount of light they get - they just might not perform so well in a less then perfect spot  

Autumn colour

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:08

Pond view - Phormium 'Blackadder' and a Libertia contrasting 


and two from the front garden - Actea 'Brunette' (I think  )



and the Rhodie behind it - don't know the variety, but nice in bud



Autumn colour

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:04

I still have all these looking pretty 


Pasqueflower seedhead with Sedum in background



Hellebore - still flowering! 



Clematis Etoile Violette 






 Actea - complete with visitor 



Oak leaf Hydrangea 



 Heucherella - bit nibbled but looks ok from a distance 



prostrate Gaultheria 



Dangling Nasturtium 'Milkmaid' 






A little cobwebby Verbena bonariensis - late arrival  






Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:46

Well - you will live in the tropics Verd...   

Flippin raining now - had to get the washing in  

Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:44


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