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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

I like the hollow too.  Important to have seating areas even if they do just get used as holding areas for plants.   One of mine is doing just that after I cleared two beds of too happy geranium phaeum and endressii and some hemerocallis.

No gardening yet today but thinking about it.  It's bright and sunny but there's a chilly breeze so only 8C and the bed I want to do is in shade till 3pm so until then I might just go and take some photos of all the daffs so I know where the big gaps are for next autumn's planting and then prick out some babies in the shed.

Hope your head clears Yvie.

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:12

If it flowers at all they will be insignificant.   Dig it out now before its roots get too happy as they spread far looking for moisture and competing with plants you want to nurture and encourage.

As Nut says, the plants you mentioned are all herbaceous perennial which mostly disappear below ground for winter and then shoot again in spring assuming that their crown and root system have survived.

There are hundreds of veronicas - 

and verbascums - 

and over a thousand forms of salvia -

Your best bet for identifying plants whose labels are lost is to go back to the place you bought them and see if they're selling the same ones then note down the name.   Then you can look up the cultivation info on sites like the RHS to see how to care for them and keep them going from year to year but note that some verbascums are biennial (2 year life span) and others are short lived perennias but they'll self seed if you let them and this maintain your supply.


Plant ID please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 12:01

Salix or willow.  Looks just like the ones that self seed with gay abandon in my garden.   

geraniums not growing

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:59

I suspect you mean pelargoniums which are native to South Africa and not hardy.  Give them time to send new roots out and then you'll get the top growth you want.  Do not over water as this will kill them quickly.

Here's some advice from the RHS which may help with regard to compost, feeding etc -


Latin for Mint

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:35

In my experience, spearmint (menta spicata) is the one most commonly sold and used for culinary purposes but I find ginger, apple and Moroccan have a finer flavour and do well in pots.

Hosta s in pots

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:31

I think hostas and acers look fab together and most require the same dappled shade to do well so will enjoy the same situation.

group 3 clematis

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:24

Group 3 clematis flower on this season's new growth so do not prune now.  Feed and water them well, train the stems to their supports as they grow and enjoy the show.

Next spring around late Feb or early to mid March depending on how cold the winter, cut them back to the lowest pair of buds on each stem and pull out all the top growth.  Feed them well with clematis food and occasional tonics of liquid rose or tomato food and they'll do it all over again, producing more stems each year as they mature.

Here's a bit of my Etoile Violette grown under this pruning and feeding regime.




Posted: 19/04/2015 at 11:20

I am assuming the OP means rolls of willow or bamboo wired to make a screen and not actual plants.

I would suggest pyracantha as a living screen as it can be easily trained, grows fast when happy, is evergreen, has blossom in spring and berries in autumn so is excellent for all sorts of wildlife and it has thorns to deter trespassers.

Its time to go...but how?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:48

Cut off the outer ones so it's easier to dig out the roots but leave the mass at the centre so you have something to pull.

Inspiration needed - small trees for large half cider barrels

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:42

This Thursday's show so tomorrow morning.

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