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Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 19:54

..sure.. no problem... although my experience of some Miscanthus is that the flower heads on some can flop about especially when wet.. as does flowerheads of Calamagrostis brachytricha - Korean feather grass.. which I love but it's a bit unstable... Helictotrichon flowers also flopped about for me so I got rid..didn't like that..

the most upright Miscanthus I've tried is one called 'Ghana'...the flower heads are dead straight up, a bit like the Karl Forster grass...about 4 foot with red foliage in autumn... although my favourite is the one I grow called 'Kleine Fontaine'... which is fairly stable if divided each 3 years or so... and it does epitomise a fountain when in full flush.,..

..still, for pool side planting I prefer something evergreen and non-flowering... which is why I prefer dwarf Fargesia...which is essentially unfussy and trouble free.. as flowerheads on grasses can get a bit messy I find... however the cascaders are quite nice I agree... Hakonechloa aurea is gorgeous isn't it..?

..can't identify those grasses for the member...maybe someone else can.. but unable to enlarge the photos which makes it a bit difficult unless you're a specialist..and I'm certainly not one of

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:10 I understood it, the member asked for an 'upright' grass, most of those listed Verdun, nice as many of them can be, are either floppy or cascading...or die down in winter...also it should be pointed out that you garden in south west Cornwall, whereas the member probably has a much different climate to contend with...both winter and summer...

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:11

..I like the way it's been trimmed to shape there, or appears to have been, to curve around, although it naturally forms that kind of mound...  I do the same with 'Mavis Simpson'... almost as rampant I think... still, a lovely shot with the meandering shingle paths..that's one of the style's of gardening I enjoy very much...

Black Spot

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:05

..this won't please you, but if I had that problem I would have to get rid of all those and plant disease resistant types in their place - there are many available now and there is no need to put up with these martyr's to black spot or mildew or resort to constant spraying....   alternatively do away with roses altogether and plant some nice shrubs like Hydrangeas... Hypericums...   ?  these days I don't put up with problems like that, but I know a lot of people still like to hold on to them, as they often have sentimental value.. and it's expensive to change...

Hello and an Introduction

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 12:57 delightful... I'm not sure I'd want 73 birds nest on my but otherwise it sounds a lovely garden and I admire very much the way you manage it...or don't manage it too much... and a lovely part of the country...


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:52
Edd wrote (see)

200!!!!! Think that is a miss type.

Research has shown that the average UK garden has a population of over20,000 slugs and snails. A cubic metre of garden will on average contain up to 200 slugs. A slug's slime enables it to glide without difficulty over glass shards, or even the edge of a razor blade.

..I did find that a bit odd.... but similarly, I would find 20,000 excessive, and 200 in a cubic metre..?  not sure about that... at least in my garden... they appear like thousands but I wouldn't put it that high really...perhaps my garden isn't average...?



RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:48

..the RHS uses Crocus to send out their plants... you'll find this in the 'small print' on the website.. the difference is in the 'offers' available..

...perhaps call Crocus direct and see if you can discuss it with them..

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:41

..I grow Fargesia mureliae 'Simba' in a large container... it's very hardy, although can look a little tatty in winter... drought tolerant but enjoys a good watering to green it up should it start to dry out...   I don't notice too many leaves on the ground, they tend to drop into the container... small leaves in any case...   I've had it in this pot for a few years now...I think I repotted it once from a smaller one... but it's very compact...

.some people think of it as a type of bamboo rather than a grass, so maybe not for you..but something to consider perhaps...


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:34

..I completely agree with posts by pansyface at 06.09 and bekkie hughes at 07.06... refreshing to see that attitude...

..incidentally one of the best selling gardening books is ''50 Ways to Kill a Slug'' by Sarah Ford....  it's an irreverent look at the subject but it's surprising what you can learn... I never knew slugs were hermaphrodites for instance and can breed with themselves.... perish the

..apparently the average garden has about 200... presumably this is on top of all the snails, which I think do more damage actually... but at least they are natives, unlike most of the stuff we plonk in the ground for them to eat...

alan titchmarsh rose

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:22

..I can see you are a fellow rose

I've not grown Alan Titchmarsh but I've grown roses in semi shade before, even permanent shade on a north facing site.... at the moment I have two 'Austins' north facing, namely 'Thomas a Becket' and 'Tranquility'...  

..Thomas has gorgeous large deep pink/magenta flowers with a fabulous old rose scent...well to my nose it is... it reminds me of my first visit to Mottisfont years ago where they grow lots of old roses with this sort of scent....   Tranquility is pure white and I couldn't resist that one... they are both planted in a shady border that will get sun only from mid afternoon in height of summer... but it's an open site... no overhang... these are recent acquisitions so time will tell if they thrive there but I sometimes think Austin roses look better in semi shade as the colours can bleach in hot sun...

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