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What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:15

I tried liatris spicata 'kobold'  with rudbeckia fulgida 'little star', was quite impressed with myself after seeing the display, and can't wait to see it next year, although I did only have two specimens of each, so am planning to buy a few more bulbs and seeds 


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:00

Buzy - Amazing picture, I think working there you never quite notice the beauty of things, you just know you need to clip the hedge or mulch around the nepeta, without taking much notice. Did you see the great big pond in the italian garden? During last September two people fell in it in one day, mustn't laugh, but it is a bit funny 

Verd - my nan has a friend who lives on shoreham beach, which is basically a miniature island built in the sea, and she's got a magnolia, think it's 'Susan', but could be wrong. It has been known for the flowers to last only a few days in rough weather though, although have been assured it's over 35 years old, but she is 83 and losing it a bit bless her. 

Star - What's stopping you getting a pond? Ill dig one for you 

KEF - that's such a nice picture, love how the grounds been decorated aswell!


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:43
You should do star, really cheap aswell, last year got 5 lavender for ??5! Jeremy's is definitely lacking in choice and always seems a bit dark and dingy whenever I go in there, maybe it's just me. Although I love the cafe, it does seem to, in my experience, attract the people who think they are and try to act posh, I was actually sworn at in the in about October for not knowing where some bodies reserved table was, and I was only waiting for my toastie!


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:40
Aw I'm sorry to hear that Dove! My auntie has suffered from high blood pressure from around my age and she tried diets and all sorts, nothing worked, but now the docs have said that she may just have naturally high bp, with no explanation. Atleast it's not having too much of an adverse impact on your life, well I hope anyway


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:29
It's in Poynings Star, just over the Dyke, small but well worth a visit if you get a minute.

And it's great, although the cafe is ridiculously expensive! Luckily I get a free lunch there


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 13:56

I can relate to that, actually, think we all can! Hence why I now own about 5 or 6 tape measures at the last count. Every time I think of buying something (nearly all the time) I only have to reach onto the coffee table  I'm so jealous of you having frogs actually take residence in your garden, around Brighton the wildlife is so scarce! Althoughnthe last few years I've been doing this garden up and my nans down the road, I've seen so many bees and butterflies, and I even found a hedgehog eating some slugs by my hostas last year. I bet the fish are going to have a whale of a time in that huge pond and with all the pants they'll be plenty to explore, they're very lucky!


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 13:31

I do indeed Star, we've just come out of Rushfields, we took a long detour  But my mums good to me, and has the patients of a saint! Which is lucky when living with me, just spent an hour looking at plants! 


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 13:27

Jac, I'm in Brighton and don't mind giving you a few plants, cuttings and seeds, as I have a few surplus, PM if you like 


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:57

What made you buy the bigger one if you don't mind me asking? And yes it is a bit oops! I don't see why you won't get frogs, but do beware that fish are greedy and frogsbourne will be a tasty meal! I found that out from experience haha


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:45

Wow! That's huge! Mines only a few hundred, puts mine to shame  Luckily mine has built in shelves so I didn't have to fuss with rocks, because me and heavy items really don't mix. I had a pond in my last house and accidently dropped instead of 'placing' the rocks in and needless to say there wasn't a pond any ore and the fish had to be temporarily housed in a bucket! I was quite lucky with my nymphaea, I bought it on a holiday in Wales, they were large specimens in I'd say a 5 litre basket, and they were all in the sale, the one I picked up was reduced from £28.99 to £12.99, but being the cheapskate I am, I may have rubbed the 1 off the label and got it for £2.99! Plonked it in a bin outside our caravan and gave it a feed, them as soon as I got home plonked it in and it took off! I had 2 bricks underneath and around early November I took it down to 1 and it's looking like I need to take the next one off, but am a bit skeptical at this time. The equisetum is so prolific, that's created a good clump on the lowest shelf in the pond and the iris is also prolific, so I've put some in a corner of the pond and some at the edge of the pond, on the opposite side. There's not too much space left now, just enough for a few frogsBourne and newts, but no room for fish anymore, they eat frogsbourne anyway. Woah, sorry for the huge reply, always seem to get carried away 

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