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Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:59

..well I don't feed my Camellias in early Autumn, but only from about April-October..once a month usually...

Border in complete shade

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:31

..a popular shrub that is in flower right now is Ribes sanguineum... this is in full shade position in my garden, in that it rarely catches any sun at any time of year...I think it faces directly north...I sometimes feel a bit sorry for it, but it's full of flower..

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:24

..nothing like Knotweed...   might be Fennel..?

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:43

..whatever it is, I wouldn't mind some of it...

Small garden idea

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 09:43

..if that was my little plot I would keep things simple and use just 3 plants, [plus bulbs] probably at a cost of about 20-25 pounds [extra for bulbs]... I would plant Pyracantha 'Soleil d'or' [Golden Sun] at the back by the fence.. a single specimen in the middle of that fence line..which would need to be supported against the fence [using nails/string] and the lateral shoots trained sideways along the fence panels...

Choisya ternata - Mexican Orange Blossom, I would plant next to the decking, digging a hole mid way between the fence and the grass... but next to the decking..

in the front right behind the black bird feeder pole, I would plant a herbaceous perennial called Geranium 'Rozanne'... a single plant of this, from it's 2nd year will spread upwards 2 or 3 foot and outwards 4 foot or so - covering quite an area... it flowers June-Oct..

..It does not matter too much here which way your area is facing... as there are no overhanging trees...and although the Pyracantha has many thorns, it shouldn't get in the way back there...

the Pyracantha has white flowers and bright yellow berries... the Choisya has white scented blossom throughout summer and will form a big rounded shrub... the Geranium very large sparkling blue flowers...   I would also underplant this Geranium, which is quite late getting into growth, with early bulbs... Narcissus 'February Gold' a small yellow trumpet daffodil...  various Crocus... and possibly try Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'  which tolerates semi shade... all of these should give glorious colour Feb-Apr after which the Geranium gets going...

...just an idea for you to ponder..

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:58

...the last one looks like Geranium endressii... usually have pink flowers... seed everywhere and form big clumps... perhaps several were planted and have merged together quite a bit...

pergola - wisteria or clematis?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:47

..sometimes us gardeners can get a little bit out of touch with recent introductions, so if you really want a Wisteria to grow up your pergola or archway, then you can, providing you go for the American hybrid 'Amethyst Falls'... as opposed to the rampant Chinese or Japanese types we so often see....  some people say it has a strange scent... but it has another advantage in that it repeat flowers... 

8 to 10 feet is more it's range...  just thought you might like to know...and of course Wisteria's are never cheap...

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:52

..for an archway, I would normally have a plant each side of it, to join and overlap at the top in the middle...depending on the strength and height of the arch..  nice combinations I have found are Clematis 'Etoile Violette'. a group 3, teamed with a pink climbing rose... this clematis flowers from June to Aug/Sept..

..Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is an old small double flowered type that mixes well with a yellow honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica 'halliana'....

.. both those Clematis are gr 3 and therefore cut down to 1 foot above ground in February...  very easy to grow..

just a couple of suggestions for you...

Gunnera Manicata

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:53

..such terribly exciting specimens... daunting and perhaps ridiculous for those of us with more compact plots... but it's a pleasure to hear of them in the gardens of others...

new roses and other new planting

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:14'll find them much cheaper on this site.... they may still be doing the discounted offer... they have an excellent reputation as well...  I have no association with them, I should add...



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