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Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 15:36

Forums is totally fine.  I would feel pompous saying fora;   It is a form of bragging or oneupmanship.  Besides it is unnecessary esp knowing some would not understand the word. 

Last edited: 19 September 2016 15:37:36

Pear trees not fruiting

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 15:24

Irenee, do you prune?  Have you pruned?  When? 

those black leaves?  Could be one or two reasons incl scab or even fireblight.  I would spray with a fungicide when new leaves unfurl.  I would also apply a winter wash when trees are dormant after removing all fallen leaves etc.  I would then apply a thick mulch 

Last edited: 19 September 2016 15:30:04

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:51

Solanum album is evergreen here and white flowers adorn it for months.  Abutilon too.....your garden sounds warm enough. how about training a ceanothus there too?  I have a variegated summer jasmine which is semi evergreen.  

Deciduous climbers are worth considering though......the montana clematis varieties provide masses of pink or white, often scented, flowers in spring 

Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:26

There are a few niggling issues with the forum judyN ......most of us are getting used to the system now and I think it is improving.    Hopefully NORA is reading this and will post a reply.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 12:21

Mizzle today so far so pretty damp.  Perfect for the garden though......looking through the window everything looks fresh, shiny and bright.  Weatherman says sun already in the Isles of Scilly will soon reach us.  

(Moved helenium Moreheim Beauty yesterday....took a piece of too to pot I couldn't ask for better conditions for it 


Posted: 19/09/2016 at 11:57

your neighbours are bullying you Philippa.  

I would be surprised if the Council had a view on it.  

stand your ground and say you have nothing more to say on the matter

personally, I hate bullies.  In my experience they are always cowards too 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 07:48

It cannot make the slightest difference what star sign anyone is born under.  A load of nonsense.  


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:35

A hedge is anything that links up to form a barrier or boundary.  Height is irrelevant.  I have a lavendar hedge...planted last autumn, flowered this summer and now trimmed to a tight, neat 20 cm high and wide.  I have a hedge to one side of my veg patch comprising euonymous varieties, rosemary, lonicera baggesons gold and  many other evergreens.  Yes, a hedge.

2 laurels and a bay over 60' is NOT a hedge. 

It seems you are more concerned about the 2 metre height technicality Philippa?

Last edited: 18 September 2016 22:37:03

Polemonium advice

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:26

No, not the same thing at all but similar 

it will make a plant some .60 to 80 cm high. 

ophiopogon?  Indeed it is a difficult plant in the garden.......I found it effective in a terracotta pot with white gravel and latterly in front of a yellow choisya but it would associate well with your polemonium.  Side ny side...hmmm?  Could you plant ophiopogon in front ?  It grows only 15 cm or so tall so would contrast well.  However, it is all very subjective.  You son't need to associate plants but it is what I do.  They then add up to more than they are separately!

those annuals!  This is what we all have to decide about, viz., just when to pull them out.  Keep them for as lomg as you enjoy them but then  pot on polemonium but loosen the roots first, keep in pot unti ground is vacant. I have scores of plants potted on incl bulbs to plant out later or in spring.

your "very wet" site sounds doubtful for polemonium.  Plant a fern there instead .   A moist good soil but not a very wet soil for your polemonium Wakeshine..  not too much shade either or you will lose the variegation.  Ideally sun in good soil. 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:30

No, don't "squeeze" it in anywhere.  It is a beautiful plant...I grow it as well as another too very much like if, viz., Stairway to Heaven"

apart from the blue flowers it is the foliage that is the stand out feature so I personally would associate it with a purple or red perennial like heuchera Berry Smoothie or similar.  Even ophiopogon nigrescens

you have a choice....loosen those roots and pot it into a bigger pot or plant it out but don't keep it as it is.  Unless you decongest those roots and soak them it  will struggle to take up any water over the next few weeks or in spring.  

You will need to give it good rich moist soil, or soil that doesn't dry out.  Those annuals you mentioned should soon be over so if the space, the soil, is good enough plant your Brise D'Anjou there asap

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