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Latest posts by Salino

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:53

...mine is in a shadier spot, so no hot colours.... purple Phlox.... Fuchsia 'Genii'....Brunnera 'Jack Frost'..if I can keep the foliage clean... Liriope 'Big Blue' and some half red quite a lot going on there...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:06

...of course I should add - you can actually prune which wouldn't be a bad idea... but from June 1st to mid July it's quite a sight.... or proved too much for me...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:01

...containment is probably the best way for 'Malvern Hills'.. in the open ground, after 4 years, it may look like this.... and this is only half of it... beware if you're thinking of getting it, .... it can take over quite a bit of your fencing...  it can also suffer in a severe winter (severe for us).... it's not totally cane hardy....the whole centre of this was killed off a couple of years ago... but it didn't hold it back...



Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:25
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Don't ask me why but I can't stand them. Weird isn't it how some people develop a dislike to particular flowers.  Hate golden rod and broome as well.

..have to say I agree with that... although I do have some, they're in danger of heading to the wheelie bin...

Regular contributers.

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:21 be honest cowslip, I sometimes think that too, but nowadays we spend much more time on our computers I think, especially at this time of year.... I also find that garden forums can offer a light relief from all the troubles of the world...

...however, I don't think of this forum so much as a gardening forum, it's more of a chat forum with a bit of gardening thrown in... so, maybe not everyone's cup of tea...


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:11

..that's a nice question..

..about 20 roses that I've never grown before.... some will stay, some may not...we shall see...

...a few perennials, like a new Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'... I wanted this, as it's a natural hybrid found growing along an old Iowan railroad amongst prairie remnant, of which little remains....

...that sort of thing appeals to me...

best wishes...

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 21:41

Lancashire Lass, that was marvellous to read, and all credit to you.... best wishes,

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 18:30

..rather similar to Buttercupdays above there.... mine also tails off usually about June, so it's more of a Spring early Summer note keeping.... photos provide the rest and I have lots of those...

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 18:20

I do most of my garden shopping online these days, especially for plants...get virtually anything you like delivered to the door, so I no longer need a garden centre for that, although I always look around briefly just in case they've got a plant I'm about to order on the internet... I see garden centres plant sales as supplying the needs of those very new to gardening mostly... or just want something for the summer...

..I do like to see lots of everything else though... including a delicatessen, farm style shop... and outdoor clothing type like Cotton Traders etc.. plus all the accessories... pots, composts, tools etc..  kitchen and homewares too... I like all that..

...not bothered if staff don't know much about plants as I wouldn't be asking their advice in any case, as I will already have done my research,  but if they speak English I'd consider that a bonus...

Front garden ideas and insipiration needed

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 13:32

Well,  I'm glad you're replacing the fence Deano... it's not all that is it?... I would think keeping the fence the same height all the way around would be the right thing to do, it will look a bit odd otherwise.. for planting your tree, if it was mine, I would place it roughly in the middle of your lawn, just a little to the left of centre looking from the front there... normally I would make the hole 3 foot by 3 foot, but your lawn is quite small so I would probably get away with 2 x 2, but the tree would have to be staked for a couple of years...however, it's up to you where you put it... go with what you want to do... for planting shrubs... I always think it's best to choose what you really like yourself from the garden centres.. without getting anything too big... and not too many either, otherwise it looks like one of this and one of that and one of everything else... keep it simple... with a good space between each plant.. 5 foot... the same shrub repeated say twice more around the fence would join it all together...whatever else you put in...

...I wouldn't plant any Lilac bushes... for your tree, the one suggested is very pretty, I might also look at Amelanchier's and see what's available... grandiflora 'ballerina' was always one I favoured...

...yes you can spread compost around and feed the plants in your back garden about March time.... I'm not keen on using the hoe except for weeding, as it can damage surface roots... I just spread it over and let the rains wash it in...'s a shrub I like - Ribes 'Koja'... you'll find it in garden centres coming up shortly, as it flowers early in March, for several weeks.... it's quite stunning.... grows quickly to 5 foot and can be kept pruned...  if I was your neighbour in that lovely porch there, I'm afraid I'd be keeping an eye on your progress, but would be more than happy to see one of these out my window, each Spring...even if it was put there to block me out...

best of luck...


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..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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Home Baking

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