gardenning granny

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School sent home a plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:19

Yes, Crocosmia.  If it gets really tall and flowers bright red it will most probably be Lucifer but there are several much shorter varieties in shades from yellow, through orange to red.

Shrub ID?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:14

is it some kind of climber or creeper? 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:12

how I envy you all your more civilised temperature - it's 38degrees here and I'm keeled over with feet in a bowl of cold water and a fan directing warm air at me.  So sad to see a couple of shrubs curling up in the heat.  On the plus side I've been watching a family of blue tits tumbling through the neflier tree and swallows zooming to and fro over my head so it's not all bad.  We have a red alert for the "canicule" or heatwave with administrations to keep shutters closed and to dowse ourselves regularly inside and out with cold water.  Cooler next week I think but longing for a thunder storm

semperviviums survival mechanism

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:44

I'm amused to see the article on semperviviums today - I have many different ones but I had no idea they might have "names"!  Here in the Languedoc I find they close up to protect themselves from the heat and the sun and I have to water them from time to time, but they tumble down our rocky garden in little "waterfalls" of plants - very pretty.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 20:29

Thanks fior all your help - I finally came across an Intichata Alstromeria called Bryn (I know, it;s not Matilda) in shades of orange and buff with lovely whiskers - perfect for the pot and stunning  look at.  It really reminds me of my chatty cat.

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:34

Clematis will have bare stems all winter, unless you go for Armandii which can be stunning and large and scented.  Depth of soil is the all important factor, which is why I suggested a trough running the width of your shed.You can then pop nasturtium seeds at the froint which would both trail over the edge and climb the lower part of the shed wall.

Do let us know what you finally decide.

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:11

I think I would build a low raised bed in front of it - the deeper you can make it the better.  There are then many things that could be planted in it, not necessarily climbers - Kerria and bamboo would both make an interesting screen, while the everlasting sweet pea (grow it from seed) and sweet jasmine could battle it out together on the trellis.  Any chance of attaching guttering to the shed roof to direct rainwater down into the raised bed?  That would help the watering.

Clay soil

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:02

Euphorbias for a bit of drama, campanulas, bears breeches....and most of the garden geraniums (cranesbills)

What plant to use to underplant roses

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 11:58

I am very fond of Ajuga burgundy glow - a little bit taller than your creeping Jenny and deep blue flowers above a mixture of green and dark red fioliage.  It spreads like the creeping jenny, but is also easy to take out if spreads too much. One or two plants (ask your neighbours - somebody is sure to have some) will soon spread out.  Pulmonarias are quite good too - nice foliage after the early flowers and don't forget the heucheras - again they spread well. My alchemillas need a damp area and haven't done well where it is too dry for them.

You're going to have fun with this - browse the nearest garden centre for ideas, and then beg bits from friends and neighbours.

Garden wall problem

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:24

Eila we don't have the option to render or paint - neighbour has specifically said no to that.

Raisingirl - the exisiting "hedge" currently comprises  holly, abelia, viburnum bodnantense, and escallonia, a large shrub rose (sweet Juluet) more holly and philadelphus all about six feet tall.  There will be just a small section where the wall will be very visible and that is where I intend to put cotoneaster, or possibly pyracantha.  I think we will be able to conceal the offending wall OK.  I'm just amazed that anybody can want to hide all that - but then what do I know?  Some of us like shrubs, scent and birds and others prefer high walls and no plants.  We are all individuals.

meanwhile OH is so upset by neighbours rude response that he is considering a very naturalistic boundary to replace the existing hedge at the front which the neighbour also wants removed.  We have several large sections of hollow tree and OH has decided to treat them and set them in concrete as our boundary between the two houses at the front.  These can then be planted with something colourful! I wonder what his comment will be when he sees that?  Perhaps he'll build another wall adjacent to it so that he doesn't have to look at growing things.

Thank goodness we have really nice neighbours on the other side.

Many thanks for your concern - much appreciated.

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