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Latest posts by Salino

Tying In

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 21:14

..just use green string mostly...I quite enjoy this sort of work...

...I should add, that photo above looks rather comical I have to best left to the imagination...

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 20:13

..I too have a narrow border about the same length... what I did initially was to plant a row of bedding Begonia's...all along the strip until I got other plants established.... not evergreen but plenty of colour in a shady border for best part of the year...

...these other plants are Liriope muscari...evergreen grassy plant flowers late in the year... but they are expensive to buy and has taken me a few years to build up...bit tatty in Spring but they can make a shady narrow border look a bit classy I think...

... in between gaps I still use Begonias for the summer...and celandine 'Brazen Hussey' for it soon disappears after flowering...

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:10

Jeyes fluid is rather a drastic measure... I would do one of two things....if my rose(s) were continually succumbing to black spot and other diseases I would consider replacing them with roses that are highly resistant [English roses are very good amongst others]...there is no need today to have roses in the garden that continually need spraying....I no longer use fungicide sprays personally...

..alternatively..and this is what I do for 2 of my roses that are susceptible.. for black spot and foliar feed...this is now recommended by most rose growers... brands containing seaweed like Empathy multi purpose seaweed stimulant or Vitax organic liquid seaweed...just to name 2...  for cheaper, and more easily available [i.e. from supermarkets].. Miracle Gro multi purpose would probably be just as good..and of course you can use these for other plants...

..spray early in morning...not during hot sun... or evening on dry nights..

Pros and cons of book writing.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:08

..very good advice I's the modern way isn't it..?  there are some good blogs on this site...I also read Graham Rice on the RHS...amongst others....

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 16:40
Verdun wrote (see)

Only temporary, (for a day only) and short canes and, now, not necessary for me.  No bimdweed

Nothing more ugly than old carpets placed on the soil for 2 or 3 years or black plastic covering large areas to inhibit perennial weeds.  The soil is ruined, gets stale and sterile and pests have a field day. Thank goodness for glyphosate. I explained on the other thread with the same title [the member started two]...there is no need for any of plastic..and no poisons... trouble is, a lot of people couldn't be a*sed to stick to the necessary regime... and I can understand that...

Smaller Alternatives to Italian Cypress

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 16:32

..I can't comment on Skyrocket or Grayswood Feather, but Smaragd is one I've been growing down the years because I absolutely love it... the thing with these Thuja's is that they can be trimmed as they regrow from old wood...  conifers never really stop growing do they...?... I've seen a very tall Smaragd in a garden in Devon...must have been 20 foot or more... here is a photo of mine..below... planted 5 years and now about 6 foot high... these were all small container plants when put in...


..others I like are Thuja 'Brobeck Tower'... this seems a bit slower than Smaragd but it's another I'm liking very much for it's pencil slim outline... this one is only about 1 year in the ground so still rather small, but it's getting there...


..this wonderful blue conifer Chamaecyparis 'Van Pelts Blue' is just gorgeous I think where you want some foliage of this colour...again it's not been with me long here..but it will grow on a hot dry bank on heavy clay full sun...where in about 5 years it will be 6 foot tall from planting..and only about 1 foot wide...


hope you like..a little...


A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:06

..I think if you have a large grassy area, which has to remain uncut for too long..then it can make the garden look jungly.... those of us without grass, maybe less so...I suppose paving and gravel have their merits...

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 13:34 can only but try Tom.... my bindweed originated from over the fence too... if it comes'll get the same treatment.... best of luck however you go ahead with it there...

The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 12:24

..very nice..nothing wrong in last garden was a patio no bigger than where your greenhouse is... driveway is similar to yours and what I've done..although it's not cheap... is to put some large containers along the side and plant them up with an evergreen for year round interest... I might put them perhaps along that railing..maybe 3, if there's room still for parking...  I've got Camellia's planted up in mine...just a thought for the future maybe... is always a problem I find..not to mention our wheelie bins..!

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:22's slow yes...but it's not ugly, laborious and certainly not ineffective...

for ugly, I would suggest those canes people use to train the plant up for poisoning.... you won't see those in my garden...

Discussions started by Salino

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Anything on your Wish List?

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Larch Cottage sale

..some lovely plants.. 
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Carolyn Mullet on Facebook

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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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Photo test thread only...

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Home Baking

please show us your culinary delights... 
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Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
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