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Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 20:02

Sounds like my white flowers will be safe. I have some ericaceous compost, thanks for the replies.

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 15:32
I've just bought a Hydrangea Koria plant which has small white flowers which Ill be planting in a large pot. Am i correct in thinking if i don't get the soil PH correct then the flowers may change to pink or blue?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:21

I think im going to either plant them up with either ferns or geraniums, or possibly something from the list on this link which shows plant for dry shade...

It would be nice to also lift the plants out in Autumn and plant with something else for winter display, then swap back over in spring?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:01

Thats a useful link, thanks.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:18

Thanks for the suggestions. Seeing as the pots are positioned up against the house they may not catch all the rain, but Ive done some searching on the Crocus website and ive found Dryopteris wallichiana fern which grows to 1m tall and tollerates dry shade. Sounds ideal?

 Perhaps underplanted with a smaller fern like Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese painted fern)

 But I guess ive missed my opportunity for this sumer, perhaps I ought to think about planting it up for a winter display as well?

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

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:01

I sowed some packet bought seed in about early May this year. I sowed them in a tray of seed compost in my unheated greenhouse. It was about 3 weeks before anything appeared,but now they are growing well. Perhpas I should have sown them earlier in the year?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:46

I'd like some suggestions on which plants to choose for the two terracotta planters ive just bought. They are going to help frame my front door and compliment my new block paved driveway.

They are in a north facing shaded aspect, which only gets sun for a short time in the evening. But as you can see from the photo, the little bit of sun they will get is dappled by the shadow cast by a neighbours tree. This photo was taken about 6:30pm, click on it to enlarge...

 I did consider Box pyramids, but I think even Box likes some sun. Something that grows about 3ft tall would look good, but I realise that the shaded aspect means I may have to settle for something like Hostas or ferns?  Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks

feeding wild birds

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:57
Well with 6 ports it could attract more birds than my other 4 port feeders

feeding wild birds

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:08

Well the birds are loving the Typhoon feeder, ive had Goldfinches, tits & sparrows queueing up to use it...

 And here's a baby Goldfinch thats been sitting at the feeder for the last 10 minutes...

 The Wood Pigeons and magpies have had a try, but they cant get a perch on it - thankfully.

blanketweed in my wildlife pond

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 22:33

Does it need more of the surface to be shaded?

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