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Plant ID/alternative suggestion

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:51

Yes.  My wee brain couldn't get past veronica gentianoides and I know it's not that.

Last edited: 03 April 2017 14:54:35

Growing magnolia tree (help)

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:50

I suggest you have a read of this RHS article which contains advice on camellis in general plus growing them in containers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=327 

Plant ID/alternative suggestion

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:39

It could be either alchemilla mollis in flower or, less likely, golden oregano in leaf.

I don't think the blue plants are lavender.  The paler blue ones with blue-grey foliage look more like nepeta (cat mint).  The name of the darker blue one escapes me for the mo but maybe someone else can help.

Lavender likes well-drained alkaline soils.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:08

Hello.   Lovely sunny day with some pale grey cotton wool floating about.  Been busy indoors so far but will be out there playing with my new hosta bed.

Saw the apostrophe item.   Grammar guerilla.  Loved it. 

Also saw an item about a lack of vitamin D making us more oepn to catching colds and flu and, even outdoors, we can't manufacture it ourselves between September and April cos the angle of the sun is too low so supplements and oily fish are advised.   I trust all those who had that nasty bug are feeling better and wish a speed recovery to all new sufferers.

Possum is parked on the sofa googling for gyms and swimming pools.   Can't possubly walk the dogs, get some gardening exercise or even use my bum and thigh buster that we bought for when I had the slipped discs and couldn't do much exercise.

Yes for that cutting Dove.  Hope it takes.  I like that clem but she died on me in Belgium.  Too nesh.

Clari - apply anyway.  You may need one of them and you can always have the pleasure of saying NO!

Last edited: 03 April 2017 14:09:04

Perennial Hanging Basket

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 23:23

I think you could make something striking using plants like cordyline, which would give you a fountain of strappy leaves that come in greens, stripes and purpley colours combined with some variegated ivies for trailing interest.   Heucheras might be good and come in a variety of leaf shapes and colours with white or coral pink spikes of tiny frothy flowers.   Don't try the lime green ones in full sun tho as they don't like it.

If you want flowers too then try lavender or some of the smaller dianthus.   Both will give you blue/grey foliage and scented flowers and be a great contrast to larger leaved plants.

Whatever you choose, it's important to get a good mix of form and texture for interest and to keep them watered regularly so their foliage stays looking its best.  That might be twice a day in hot spells.  Wind is also very drying.

Why does my hibiscus not flower?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 22:49

No, don't prune.  Feed them both generously and consider putting the potted one either in a bigger pot or in the ground.   If it has to stay in a pot make sure it gets enough water but not drowned.

Is it too late to prune Honeysuckle?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 21:20

Mt pleasure.  Good luck.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 21:10

I thought Mr Muscles was Pansy's OH!  Has he been propagated?

I have got as far as moving my pots of hostas and the acers onto the new shade border so I can think about placings and then spent ages watering all those pots and the others which will want sunnier spots.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 21:12:17

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 19:29

Takeaway treat FG?  What a  frustrating day.

For any "gifted" ladies , Bravissimo has a 50% sale on now.

I have been naughty and got Possum, who hates gardening, to help me lift pots to th enew hosta/shade bed so I can start planning it.   She asked what the baby tree things were and, when I told her they were Japanese maples, she actually showed a spark of interest (loves Japanese anything) so I also told her the hostas were mainly of Japanese origin.   More interest.   May get there yet.

Now have a spatchocked chicken in the oven along with some small onions and sweet potatoes with garlic and chilli and am off for my shower.

Bon appetit everyone.

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 19:23

That is what my new perfumed garden area is for Lantana - morning coffee in the sun as it rises and gets warmer.

Love ginger cats but had no luck with them.  The day after we moved in here OH found one banging at Possum's bedroom window to be let in.  There's a low roof of the annex below so she'd climbed up.    The most affectionate and hungry cat - ate a week's worth of our Pusscat's food in 2 days.   I decided to check with the former owners and, sure enough, they'd lost one of their cats within days of moving to the village in mid July.   They came to fetch her two days later and I gave them one of our cat cages to carry her in.  18yr old daughter in tears at seeing her cat fat and well again.  Mum and 2 boys quite emotional too.

Happy ending except that our pusscat died 2 weeks later - cancer - and after a month or so I decided I really needed a cat and we adopted Cosmos and Minstrel - white and Black and White.  They are wonderful, even if they're not ginger, and young enough to have learned to manage the dogs. 

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