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Latest posts by Salino

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 17:32

...I'm afraid I hate polystyrene with a passion - there was also a segment on GW a little while ago which claimed that you don't need to put anything for drainage at the bottom of pots and containers, just fill with compost.. I think it was Monty Don that said it...   I used to use pea shingle but no longer bother... now I just cover the drainage holes with a roughly 3 inch square piece cut from a plastic pot, each piece with a bit of rim which leaves a small gap.. and cover each hole with a piece...

I usually add extra grit to the compost to aid drainage...

..suppose we've all got our own ways of doing things...

salix caprea kilmarnock

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 17:19

...isn't that just a stunning garden photo with the pond, the conifers and those concrete or stone pillars by the gate, gives it a very Scottish or Northern feel to it... absolutely superb...

...those Kilmarnock Willows have been reduced in my local Asda, I think to £3.50 or somesuch, if you want to get in quick...  I also notice they've got nice Rosemary and Lavender angustifolia for just £2...  sometimes I think it's not worth growing from cuttings... but I don't like the way they undercut the garden centres and nurseries so much.... something not quite right there...

How to space climbers

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:09

..this isn't something to be too worried about pariate, but at this stage, I would plant each one 6 foot apart.. the reason being that, later on, when you get as obsessed as the rest of us, you will want to infill those gaps, [there's always room for another Clematis is the usual saying]... and you will have plenty of space to do just that...when you go visiting Garden Centre's and suchlike and see all those lovely climbers you really would like to have... you know...?

..the late Geoff Hamilton from Gardener's World used to plant a climbing rose and a Clematis in the same hole.... now, I wouldn't do that myself.. but there you go... it's surprising what you can get away with...

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:44

...I was just going to say the same as above.. Dracaena fragrans..however I thought the variety 'Lime Green'....

Easy to grow tree

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 12:17

...I'm sorry to hear of your loss.... if your dog was reddish brown in colour, then a small tree called Malus 'Red Sentinel'  might be an appropriate name....

Perennial Perfection...

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:26

my suggestion would be not to plant all perennials as even in a very small plot, a little structure wouldn't go amiss.... a tall plant/shrub here and there would be welcome... especially during the winter...

Cost of the hobby of gardening per year?.

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:24

..the pleasure is priceless and cannot always be described.... a single specimen of the right plant can be fascinating at all times of year... that's how I see it...

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 20:35

.I can't make my mind up whether I like it or not... it's not what I would call a bright plant.... it doesn't startle me... I think I'll divide it and mix in containers for the summer... for now, I think it will make a good foil for Spring bulbs.. yellow ones and other brightlings...that I have in the Greenhouse.... sorry..I'm thinking aloud here.... seeded in the driest part of my garden and was growing well there... with the barest of soil... mostly rubble...that would not be out of place in Fred Flintstone's 'Bedrock'....

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 16:34're usually a lot quicker than that..... you're slacking....

oops... you got in first.....  yes...that's what I thought.... thanks... you're forgiven...

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 16:26

..would anyone like to guess what this one is please?  I think I know but would like confirmation.... it seeded in my garden and I've grown it flowered last autumn... remains of which you might be able to see...


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