London (change)
Today 26°C / 18°C
Tomorrow 28°C / 20°C

Salino


Latest posts by Salino

late summer plants

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:39

I don't think you have an awful situation at all but a very promising one but one that can be improved considerably with a bit of diy... I would suggest not by incorporating rich compost or manure but by copious amounts of pea shingle and grit...over and in the thin soil you have there... you will then have good drainage and can plant sun loving mediterranean plants that will thrive... these do not need, and should not be given, rich soil... they exist in impoverished ground....

lavender, cistus, grasses like Festuca...Sedums...sun loving Hebe's...Erysimum bowles mauve..Stipa gigantea... all these would supply you with later colour right through... drainage is the key...not rich soil....in my opinion and all can be planted as very small little plants, so no real hard work in having to dig great pits... 

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:31

well... I think that it is... I've seen it over the years at Wisley used as an annual infiller..

it only grows to about a foot high.. as it seems in the photo...

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:59

...I'm not trying to encourage you to go, but you might like to visit Hardy Tropicals UK which is another forum and see what you can pick up from there... information wise that is...

if I was to choose just 3 readily available, none too expensive and hardy enough for where you are I would go for... Fargesia clump forming bamboos - Rufa especially... Pittosporum Tobira and Euphorbia x pasteurii, which is a new plant and more luxuriant in leafage than Mellifera..but very similar otherwise.. can be grown from seeds too...

lots of foliage there to get stuck in to...see what you think...

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:46

..can't enlarge it, but looks like Hordeum jubatum, an annual or short lived perennial grass... have a look at that one and see what  you think...

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 16:05

..you've had plenty of advice so far, all I would add is that I wouldn't regard Diosma 'Pink Fountain' as a tropical looking plant.. it flowers in Spring with Azaleas and looks good with plants of that type.. rather like a small tree heath or conifer although nice weeping tips enhances it's appeal...

you might like to look at these websites for inspiration from a gardener in Norwich, who manages to grow an exceptional range....

http://www.exoticgarden.com/exotic-garden-photography.php

http://www.exoticplantsonline.co.uk/buy-exotic-plants-online/

 

Identify my plant, please!

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 08:42

..I think Snowfire is a hardier version of one that I have called  'Decumbens', these are dwarf ground cover shrubs.. there are several Cistus with these maroon blotches, another called 'Alan Fradd' which is a longer flowering but smaller shrub than Maculatus...and more suitable for narrow borders...

here's my Cistus 'Decumbens' just to compare...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27690.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

Identify my plant, please!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:18

..no, it's a Cistus aguilari 'Maculatus'... this particular variety resents severe pruning... so light pruning only...

..I should add that there is another variety called Cistus 'Ladanifer' with very similar flowers, however the foliage and shape of the bush suggests the former plant to my eye...

the foliage on Ladanifer is usually more darker green and the bush more sprawling..

Clemaitis lovers - please identify

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 10:53

...this is Clematis 'Ice Blue' in my garden.. or it was.. as it died on me this Spring after just 2 years in the ground...this has made me wary of these Boulevard clematis you see in garden centres, as they're quite expensive too... this one cost something like £18.00...also it only flowers in mid May-mid June...

.sorry to be negative but obviously disappointed with it...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LfI3ebvg6dw/UePFVWHIHwI/AAAAAAAAA6g/uSlY3tU4wfg/s800/Clematis%2520%2527Ice%2520Blue%2527.JPG

 

Building Rockeries

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 00:03

...very nice, colourful little area...with some pots in the middle to set it off....

..I don't want to sound churlish but if I was doing it, I would have buried the rocks in the soil, to at least half their depth, rather like the way icebergs float in the sea, most of the rock is underneath, and I believe that's the way it should be when building rockeries... it just looks more natural.... otherwise it looks like someone has just plonked a load of boulders around... 

..it's never too late to do that, should you consider it later on - try it with one or two and see the difference... but as long as you're happy, that's the main thing...

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:25

..very nice indeed... two stand out for me... the colourful use of windbreak.. and the Campsis formed into a small tree... ingenious that...

Discussions started by Salino

Heartbleed

Replies: 1    Views: 136
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 13:30

Windows 8.1 - a warning !

Replies: 19    Views: 965
Last Post: 23/10/2013 at 17:02

Photo test thread only...

Replies: 132    Views: 3744
Last Post: 21/06/2014 at 09:36

Home Baking

please show us your culinary delights... 
Replies: 25    Views: 1032
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:41

Sweet Pea thread

Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
Replies: 12    Views: 998
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 20:07
5 threads returned