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Plant identity

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:53

It's a red boronia heterophylla and Liri is right.  It is tender, needs shelter and can be a bit fussy but, if well cared for, makes an attractive plant with perfumed flowers.

See here for cultivation info - http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/boronias-for-beginners-2/ 

New flowerbed ideas

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:05

Try to have a plan so you have contrasts of plant and leaf size, form and shape and then think about flower colours.   Plant in 3s, 5s or 7s for impact so that each plant is clearly visible and doesn't get lost in a polka dot effect.  

As for choices, it depends on your soil - what will grow - and your taste - what you want to grow - and your budget eg finds lurking in the bargain corner or fine specimens in a specialist nursery.  

Try growing from seed - it's cheaper and you can get more interesting varieties than those offered by big chains.   Ditto divisions and cuttings swapped with gardening friends.

Don't forget bulbs for spring.   They'll be in the shops form late August.........

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:49

Rural central Belgium.  We've been having steady rain with frequent thunder and hail all month.

A few years ago I came home form Chelsea to find a hailstone tornado had nuked my rhubarb, hostas and newly potted on seedlings and left scars on woody stems of shrubs, roses and trees.   Nightmare.  

Last edited: 23 June 2016 16:51:04

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:37

Excessively hot and humid here.   We've had rain for weeks on end and today started sunny but then we had a torrential downpour with sound and light show and hailstones.   Possuma nd I missed that bit as we were in Namur at midday but OH was out playing golf and got caught.

The ground is sodden and can absorb no more so the back road as we came home was a river - fields either side plus springs near the surface so a torrent today.

Sunny and dry now but too sticky to do much.   Even the dogs are indoors where it's cooler.


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:03

No.  Smaller house - bigger but easier garden.  Priorities!

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:53

Gardening is not like housework.  A weekly list of jobs is too precise and too limiting.

You have to be more intuitive and go with what's happening in your garden and what the weather is doing and where you are because what you can do in Cornwall this week will be very different from Aberdeen or north Wales or Essex.   

Use the monthly guides as just that - a guide.   Google about for more info on specific plants.

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:37

Probably a "feature" of the new look GW website.

Try these monthly tips and see if they help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/june 

or the Gardening by the Moon thread in which Biofreak regularly lists jobs by date and moon phase - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/gardening-by-the-moon/229026-18.html#latest 

Last edited: 23 June 2016 15:39:46

Plant help

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:19

Don't bother.  Once planted in the ground it will sucker and spread if it's happy............

If you do still want more, look for the dissecta form which has more serrated foliage.


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 14:19

It is Liri - we bought German made ones for the quality and future recyclability (and EU jobs) and we got the max allowed under the Belgian system of green subsidies thinking we would convert the barn and live in it but with all the new building regs it would have cost twice as much as it would add value so we're selling up and buying something easier for us to look after as we age disgracefully.

Dunno what's happened to my last post as it has come out garbled and not in bold - again!

A clear majority would be a surprise indeed.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:51

I have had clems disappear in the border for 2 or 3 years and then come back which is why I never give up on them and now plant new ones in pots to grow on for a season at least.

I often plant 2 together to get contrasting flowers but it's important to make sure they are from the same pruning group as it's impossible to separate the stems. eg I have Omoshiro and Westerplatte together and Huldine with Mme Julia Correvon and Nelly Moser with Ravarhinne.

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