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poundland

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 20:42

Tulips were excellent this year - and a fraction of the price from a GC.  Calla Lilies are now in bloom - a bit on the small side, but healthy, and I expect that they will bulk up over time.  Gardeners are generally pretty patient - so small and seemingly poorly shaped plants will doubtless prove their worth over a few years.  Obviously - not an instant fix or make-over!

Philadelphus

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 20:37

I inherited one when we moved here.  It was badly mis-shapen, so it has been pruned, fed and generally nurtured.  It is coming in to bloom again now - but there is no (and never has been any) scent.  No idea of the actual cultivar - but it fills a gap in a border, and after all the effort that has been put in to it, I suppose it had better stay.  But it has been an annual disappointment!

Raised bed over Leylandii stumps

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:50

The acidity of the soil that is there is almost a foregone conclusion Rob - under the influence of the dreaded conifers it will be acidic.  What really matters is the nature of the topsoil that you use to create your raised bed.

We went first to our local garden centre.  Big mistake.  the soil was rough, lifted from a farmer's field, full of agricultural detritus (binder twine being the least of the problems) and also the horrendous mares' tail.  They, the GC, removed it all, and we then bought in better stuff from a national supplier.  It took a while to get it all into really good condition, though, so I would be circumspect about the supplier in the first instance.

Good luck!  Let us know how it all works.

Foxgloves

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:42

Mine have opened at the bottom of the spike - but it's a slow process, and definitely later than usual.  (West Somerset area)

Raised bed over Leylandii stumps

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:44

When we moved here there was a huge Leylandii hedge at the front - over 15ft high and 3ft across.  It was a pain, and took three days to cut it safely - and then there were all the clippings to get dispose of . . . until the next time.

We decided to get rid of it, but, because it was sited next to a wall which would have been compromised by taking out the stumps, we had the trees cut down to ground level  We then did exactly what you are thinking of - namely create a raised bed to cover the stumps.  Providing the subsequent planting is of shallow-rooted plants, and provided you add lots of organic matter each year, it is a successful way of dealing with the problem.

It will take a long time for the stumps to rot down, of course, but they will eventually.  We have a lovely shrub border there now - a combination of hebes and wigeliia infront of which are smaller shrubs like cistus purpurea and spirea, as well as perennials.  Overall it has worked well.

 

 

New arrival

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:10

Hollie:  Agapanthus and hemerocallis are not the same!  Agapanthus has large heads of blue (sometimes white) flowers later in the seaon;  Hemerocallis have lily-like flowers, each of which blooms for a day (hence "day lily") and are preominantly in the yellow/orange spectrum.  Let us know how this plant performs - and if you can, post a picture:  my money's on Day Lily

pruning Dianthus

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:40

I found that mine, too, were sprawling everywhere.  I took pipings (all of which struck successfully) last autumn, but also cut the main plants down quite drastically.  I didn't expect that they would survive - but it was a gamble.  They are now very healthy-looking plants, albeit with no flower buds.  Maybe next year they will have rejuvenated enough to bloom - but the advice just to deadhead is probably the best, and to take cuttings so that the old plants can, in due course, be replaced.

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:13

Mine survives each winter in the herb garden - but then I'm in the South West and we have particular micro-climate here in Porlock Vale.  That means I can keep things outdoors that would otherwise perish  (I have an indoor plant - succulent, known as the Money Plant - Crassula Ovata - that ought not to be kept outdoors, for example.  A random pot got left outside - and is doing rather well against all odds).

Lemon Verbena is not that hardy, and the suggestion for its being planted in a pot is a very good idea.  I suspect that in Cheshire it will need a bit more protection than I need for my plants!

New arrival

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 23:22

My agapanthus leaves are sort of fleshier and more rounded at the tips.  This, however, does rather look like Hemerocallis - Day Lily.  Is that a possibility?

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 23:18

"They" say that you are never further away from a rat than about 5 feet (or some such frightening statistic!)

We had rats in our compost.  We have 3 Daleks, and we realised the problem when I found bits of kitchen waste - potato peelings etc, - that had moved mysteriously from one bin to another.  We used bait to get rid of them, and when we took the Dalek off, the cone of compost had a virtual helter-skelter run round the outside from top to bottom.

We turned the compost and rebuilt the heap - but this time on chicken wire, which makes it impossible for the pesky critturs to gnaw through.  So far, so good . . . .

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