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Plant advice needed : damp shade

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 13:35

Verdun-do Astrantias cope with the heavy unforgiving clay though? I've not grown them but I'd be slightly worried if they didn't have a bit of drainage. Would you advise a bit of extra grit under those circumstances?

Michelle- Verdun's and Obelixx's suggestions are excellent I think. Can I also suggest Solomon's Seal? (Polygonatum) although make sure it's not waterlogged -it likes a bit of drainage so some grit worked in would benefit. The white flowering plants help lighten the dark area. Some of the ferns are very attractive although lots of people don't like them. The white Dicentra is lovely and the white form of Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) might be ok with a bit of grit too.


Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:27

Off to work now 

No cakes and tea for me...

Have a great day everyone


Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:25

Nut  at last house we had a weasel who lived in the bank by the pond who caught a lot of young rabbits but I don't know if he got a lot of the mice. He was certainly very entertaining to watch as he used to run along the ledge of the conservatory windows and have a look in!

WW the 'single plant pots' are always great for big impact. A row along a path or edge of a patio/steps- all the same and in same pots make a great display. If you have room to do this with different plants for each season and swap them round it's really effective. I love tulips but the planting medium has to be right  and pots are a great way of achieving it. I used to have a gigantic pot that I put a normal one inside and just changed the plants in that-spring bulbs the sweet peas and so on. It makes a great feature for a patio but the key is to make sure it's a big pot!

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:15
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Are we having D today?

Help! It's all going too fast for me!

Choisya,cytisus,crocosmia and crocus. Calla lilies, camellias and cordylines

Got any 'ose?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:59

GG we're all getting helluva hooked on the hellebores!

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:56

Maria I totally understand your reasons! Rhodies can be good as you can use them like an informal hedge but leave them as shrubs in their own right. Like any other plant it's a question of picking the right varieties. They do get big but you can either do a bit of judicious pruning now and again to keep them in check or give them a good haircut every couple of years. The flowers are a bonus of course but like most hedging they take a fair bit out of the ground so it depends what other planting you want nearby. As you're a busy woman I guess you want something that you don't have to spend hours maintaining either!!


Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:43
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I expect Mrs MacGregor could see his good points 


Brum have you been having a lie in? You're very late..

Everything you just said- ditto.

Have a good day whatever you get up to 

Clematis Armandii Cuttings

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:09

Great advice Sam -will be very useful for lots of people 

The shade bit is probably the most useful thing then as you don't always think of giving the cuttings heat but shade at the same time. I'll definitely remember that! I've tried same method with honeysuckle but  they didn't take so I'm guessing a little more shade would have helped there too.

Jet Stream finally moving up

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 06:58

Bob can you make sure you put that request in for 'rain only at night' then-and can you ask that Scotland gets an 'off' switch for the rain too?

Shadow's got the furniture outside now and we don't want it raining on his parade!

Maybe we can all start putting off our heating -in the greenhouses as well as homes!  


Posted: 10/04/2013 at 06:45

Dove-sorry Miss Willmott- you're right- on every count

Chicky no disadvantages at all with your purchase after all- you're helping keep people employed at GC , helping the economy, helping wildlife...the gift that keeps on giving!

I believe people are inherently good if they garden but maybe I'm naive!

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