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Plant ID please

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:56

...something from the Lamiaceae family by the looks of things...

possibly Westringia fruticosa....the Australian you're in the south west I think... see what you make of it...


Coffee Grindings

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:14 can spread them around your roses as a mulch too... you will need quite a lot of it though to make a difference, so if you can get it free from some coffee chain then that's good... it's the acid in the coffee grounds that attracts worms, which in turn will drag it down...and over time should improve the soil too... I'm told...

climbing roses

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 13:24

..well, I wouldn't want to recommend something unsuitable, so I would need to know:-

1. what colour is your arch...white? black?  brown?...

2. what material is it made of...metal, wood...?

3. how tall and wide is it...e.g. 7 foot tall at apex...4 foot wide...? something like that...

4. what else is growing on it...?

Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 20:26

..the Agapanthus I would protect, especially if it's evergreen then I would fleece now,   or protect with bulky straw weighted down, around the plant... I think winter wet can do a lot of damage to these...

..the others I wouldn't worry too much...

Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 19:47

..I wonder what these plants are exactly...?  if you have them in a sheltered corner they should be alright.... I might fleece cover, depends what they are.... and I don't take too much notice of these hardiness zones... I have a plant in H2 that has survived the last 5 winters, down to -10c and covered in snow (I put old carpet around the base).... but it's sheltered from the worst freezing wind...which I think does the most damage...

..I've got several in so called H3 and I'm not worried about them at this will have to get really bad for me to take action with these...

Where to put arch?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:12

...I would place it at the end of your lavender edging, I'd probably have to move a couple of those plants out the way, and immediately before the grass starts, as that way I would be either entering or leaving a different area of the garden...

Great gardening weather

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 23:25

...I find this to be one of the best days of the year for gardening....if you have no other commitments... of those unusual days when I am not troubled by neighbours or passers by, giving curious looks as if one is absolutely mad.....which I often get...

...I feel like putting up a big poster saying ''some people garden - get over it''...

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 18:10

I did think of getting it at one time, but went for this one instead as I wanted something less thorny....

I hope yours does well for you... if anyone has 'The Mayflower' they might be able to help as well, as it's a sport from that one...


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 14:03

Well, for those of us interested in paniculata Hydrangeas, it might be informative to review the 2008 Wisley trial of these, in case you haven't already seen this, as it contains all those listed here and many more... the cultivar 'Dolly' for instance looks one to seek out... regards pruning, Wisley does point out that light pruning, just removing the old flowerheads can have its advantages, in that the plant will flower earlier, be more floriferous but the flowerheads will be smaller...   medium pruning is recommended for most, as this prevents the top heavy flowerheads from flopping, which can result from hard pruning...

..worth a read if only to refresh... (in PDF format)...



Posted: 24/12/2014 at 00:03

..I've grown Kyushu, but it didn't do well for me.... the white flowers went brown quickly..maybe too dry area...I was disappointed so got rid... however, a magnificent specimen down the road from me, does well every year... I should have tried it in another part of garden probably...

I still have 'Limelight' and 'Phantom' paniculatas... Limelight got demolished by snails early on but recovered late... I think it will be really nice next year... young plant..

Phantom always does well... the flowers fade to pink tinge later and I want to get some more height into it, but it's a profuse flowerer when doing well..

..hope your one does well for you... I'm sure it will in better soil..with moisture...



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