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Free Council Compost

Posted: Today at 20:48

I have used recycled council compost but not now.

the concern for me would be the quality of It.........who knows? ,perhaps pieces of Japanese knotweed or other such nasties!

the compost I had was only partially broken down and pretty dire I thought.  Many years ago now and did no damage but, no, I would never use it again 


hardy plants for a newbie

Posted: Today at 18:56 lilies...crocosmias like Lucifer, aster frikartii Monch flowering for weeks and weeks in summer, grasses, phormiums, heathers (winter flowering and coloured foliage).  Shrubs like buddleias, hebes and pittosporums.  And convolvulous cneorum, santolina and artemisias will provide silver or grey mounds of foliage unaffected by winds.  variegated evergreens like euonymous emerald and gold. Hardy geraniums with blue,,pink, red, purple and even white flowers will do well there.  Echinaceas, salvias and veronicas and dwarf cannas?  I think verbena bonariensis will be good there too for some height. How about fennel?  Both the green and purple varieties will stand up to the wind.  

Ideas for a burial plot

Posted: Today at 18:36

Hello,Marben.  Welcome. 

Lovely idea but difficult to get it right isn't it?   Wanting to do justice to your daughter by reflecting your love for her in the planting?  

I guess most of us have been in this situation at some time.  It would be easier if we didnt care so much but we want it special don't we?

I'm not strong on wild flowers but what about lavendar somewhere there?

on the towans behind me wild flowers like oenothera missouriensis (prob spelling incorrect) or evening primrose looks amazing with those yellow flowers.  Nature has put these with vipers bugloss spikes of flowers make an attractive natural plantIng out there.  Valerian too.  Comes in red, pink and white flowers.

Im also fond of nepeta/catmint. Easy, spreading aromatic leaves and blue flowers all summer,

is there a flower/plant your daughter liked especially?  

Whatever you plant there it's clear how much she means to you so don't try too hard to be perfect there.  I'm sure you will do your daughter proud 

Advice needed re planting

Posted: Today at 18:21

Well,  Grace, what a fabulous plantswoman you are.  Really nice there 

probably not what you are "in" to, but have you considered a grass for the centre piece?  Stipa tennuissima billows and creates movement.  Or a phormium?  Or Libertia.....evergreen with olive suffused red leaves?  Or a Carea like Comans Bronze.......always moving,,upright then cascading pinky red leaves......or testacea which has olive/yellow leaves? 

Or, away from the grasses theme, how about a tall summer-long blue flowering Agastache like Black Adder for your centre piece?


Posted: Today at 18:09

Hostafan, what little growth it did put on looked good.....yellow leaves on red stems.  Shooting now with bright yellow but just seems so weak

any ideas on Touch of Class?  Every year I consider it

Oldtyke, Fire and Ice is fantastic.......out of the sun.  It is easily spoiled by direct sun.  I grow this behind a conifer and another in a shady spot where they thrive.


Posted: Today at 17:27

One for Hostafan

i grow several hostas and they all grow vigorously except for Fire Island.  Bought as a single root 18 months ago, approx.  didn't make any real growth last year and it looks to be sending up just a couple of shoots.  I know its early to judge but my feeling is that it is a little on the weak side(?). Do you grow this variety Hostafan?

Blueberry advice please

Posted: Today at 17:22

Yes very acid soil Joyce.  Did you test ph level?  Don't like flowers of sulphur on edible crops either....any views on that Bob?

Mine are in pots buried in the ground

I would prune out those "spindly" stems too and anything that looks dead or dyIng to encourage strong shoots

Daphne Odora Aureomarginata leaf drop

Posted: Today at 17:14

Is it in a cold windy spot Clare?  So,,it's flowering then?  Is it in the ground or in a pot?

its still quite early for new leaves to form so I wouldn't be concerned right now

Low maintenance plants needed

Posted: Today at 17:11

Sounds good to me Duvaljones 

I would add a bag or two of dried farmyard manure too and a handful of granular fertiliser for each plant when planting. 


Posted: Today at 16:46

Hostsafan, those intruders were prob not Cornish.    We Cornish know our place! 

Despite my boasts about the weather I got caught in a couple of showers.    At least my planting has been watered in.

now, I want to move one of my camellias.....but to where?  


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