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Posted: 15/01/2015 at 21:57

That sounds like the programme Salino mentioned. Ruth Mott and Harry Dodson and both were in their late 70s/early 80s.

When to plant out...

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:14

Hi I would keep them in their pots in a sheltered spot and plant out when the snow has gone and the soil has warmed up.


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 10:32

It wasn't an early version of Beechgrove was it? It used to be on BBC2 in the 90s and whenever they moved to the next segment, a big cartoon bee buzzed all over the screen, made my mother in laws dogs leave the room as they didn't like buzzy things.

Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:03

We haven't added anything to the soil since they went in. Most of my garden is clay, with pockets of chalk and flints. Some plants do really well and some like Echinacea, helenium and monarda don't like it at all, so I may try them in pots.

I forgot about Nandina, and I have one in a pot waiting for its home.

And what about peonies? I just have the non-tree ones.

I have a green bamboo, four black ones and a tiny stemmed red one, which have not done a runner to other areas of the garden. I do have one of those pleiobastus ones and that I will be cutting back to the ground and digging out, just because I don't like it.

I won't beat you up Verdun, everyone is entitled to their opinion on any plant

Privacy Issue

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 10:55

Miscanthus can be quite a tall grass, mine are taller than me. You could buy one or two decent sized plants and split them and plant along the fence. Another very tall grass is Arundo Donax. It looks abit like a bamboo, ours has shoots 10 feet tall. It isn't as dense as a miscanthus but looks good, and the stalks are so strong we use them as canes. Some Cornus (Dogwood) can grow tall too. If you wanted instant privacy, big plants are the way but if you buy small, you can always propagate from them to fill in gaps.

Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 10:47

Hi John,

we created a bed for acers in front of our shed. The soil there was clay, and we mixed some big bags of ericaceous with the clay and planted 4 acers and one very small rhododendron. All the plants are doing well, they've been in for 4 years now and get better and better.

For 2. You could have an acer to add height to a bed. When we moved in we were lucky enough to find a foot high sapling in the ground which we replanted into its own triangular bed and it has turned into the most spectacular acer. You don't have to buy big, it can grow into the space.

For 3. the rhodos and azaleas could be a drift, with the bamboo as statement plants (remember to get clump forming or it will be rampant) and the ferns, poppies and foxtails dotted here and there. You could also have a variegated-leaved cornus too.

Just keep looking in magazines and books for ideas. Make a scrapbook with all the plants you like in it.

Have a look at the programme Britain's best back gardens, which is on tonight and last weeks one should be on itv player. I think there might have been a japanese style bit of planting in one of them.

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 10:34

My one's in full sun and get a little variegated shade from a Gaura. It was the best it has been last year. I also like Arthur Bell. This has deep yellow flowers that gradually fade to lemon white as they get older and have a lovely perfume.

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:26

I bought a bare root David Austen rose, Anne Boleyn, a small shrub with light pink flowers, the really full ones. I've got it in a small raised bed and its doing ok. I have a red one in the front garden but I don't know what type it is but it flowers its socks off. I also have rosa moyes geranium in a big pot. I need to get more I think.

hanging baskets

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:50

Very pretty. I had some called empress of india, a very concentrated red colour, and the leaves were a silvery blue. And you can add the flowers to salads, they have a peppery taste. Lobelia is also a good hanging basket plant. It attracts bees alot.

hanging baskets

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 20:28

I usually do my hanging baskets in May. I get my plants from Bovingdon market near me in Herts. If there are any markets near you that have plant stalls it might be worth looking there, as you should get enough to do your baskets for a reasonable price. Nasturtiums are always good. They do best in poor soil and flower for ages, plus you'll get the bonus of free seeds for next year.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Green tomatoes

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Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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