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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...

caterpillars eating leaves

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:21 are not alone... I have these little green caterpillars affecting my Cotinus bush.. they've decimated some of the leading shoots, so now I pick them off each day and throw them over the fence [no neighbours] ...

Can anyone please identify this variety of apple

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:11

..I also thought Granny Smiths...  obviously the ones we see in supermarkets are glossy through wax treatment... these are refreshingly clean... but it would be easy to tell by tasting and comparing I would have they are so readily available...

..whichever...aren't they a little early for apples...? to be ripe I mean...

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:41

..outrageous sexism is still something I bet most of us still buy in to... when you want a birthday card for a little boy or girl..what do you go for?... a pink frilly one for a girl and a bluey masculine type for a boy...?   only the boldest in my experience...opt for something less gender specific...and supermarkets etc. are loathe to change the status quo... because it sells...

..never mind the 1950's... it's still rife today...and most people seem happy to go along with it...afraid to rock the to speak...

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:55

..not a Gardener's World fan then...?  lol...

Growing Roses

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 14:46

..anyone want a David Austin rose half price...?   I went to a garden centre today.. one of those I think in the Wyevale group... and so many plants were reduced 50 percent off....including all Austin's....loads to choose from...

...  I have a list of 4 Austin's that I wanted to try as I'm redoing a border this autumn..and 2 were available that I have researched, so I picked up 'Wollerton Old Hall'... and 'Lady of Shalott'...     this is the garden centre plant sell off period it seems... worth going to have a look...

Brown circles in grass

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:24're very lucky that it's a female dog...I've got a male and I've lost several nice plants because of his cock-a-leg tendencies...

..of course I still love

Interest fro across the pond.

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 12:28

..last night there was an advertisement at the top of the forum page, telling me that I had a 'personal message'... and to click on it... it has disappeared today... these things are not to be trusted.. I do wonder if sites like this can be hacked into quite easily....

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..some lovely plants.. 
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Dartford Crossing new system case you're not aware... 
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Do you grow Aconitum's?

..I won't be after reading this... 
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weedy ID's please

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Windows 8.1 - a warning !

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Home Baking

please show us your culinary delights... 
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Sweet Pea thread

Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
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