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Companion planting

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:08

Silleee me.  After all that I read the caption incorrectly.  Companion planting for FRUIT AND VEG.    Wot am I like eh?  

Ok, there are things I do for companion planting veg, etc but I,will shut up now 

Companion planting

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:06

Oh, my element!

Yellow osreospermum  and blue linum, blue frikartii Momch and red dahlias, blue agastache and yellow coreopsis, Taxus Coppershine and berberis helmond pillar, silver plants and purple, yellow agastaches amd blue Veronicas, hackonechloa and Imperata, elymus magellanic and purple Heucheras, white anemone  wild swan and euphorbia rubra, carex buchanii and hosta patriot, pittosporumTom thumb and caryopteris, miscanthus variegatus and purple black acteas, eucalyptus and yellow leaved dogwood, Acer flamingo and red cannas, verbena bonariensis and Taxus Stamdishii, stipa gigantea and bishop of Llandaff dahlia, helenium Moreheim beauty and salvia guaranitica, agastache blue boa and artemisia Powys castle, euonymous emerald n gold and berberis atro nana, dierama Guinevere and cotinus royal purple, euphorbia Polychroma and red grasses or amchusa London Royalist, cream primroses and purple hellebores, white guaras overlooking purple Heucheras, pittosporum Irene Patterson and purple buddleias ........ooooo, I had better stop before I get carried away 

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:48

Nice Coys.  Excellent display.  You are learning faaaaast 

(like the statue on the lawn....)


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:45

Not really a "race" dove    I pinch out anyway so flowering is delayed but any day now.

(don't like "competing" in  the garden.....spoils the relaxed enjoyment ) 

Fruit trees, to prune or not to prune

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:40

Not done this.   Always mean to.  You can have real fun with fruit tree shapes.  Making circles, arches, and all manner of shapes.  Bearing in mind the lower down a branch,,the more horizontal, the more fruit you will get.....

Soft fruit too.....double, triple gooseberry cordons.  Had huge fruit doing this from rooted cuttings on a couple of wires.  And easy to net against birds.  Replaced with GH but I will do this again

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:35

Jess, yes will post pics of agastaches.  many are in flower now but will be far better in couple of weeks.......range from yellow/purple, to blue, to pink, to red, to orange, to purple and all have aromatic foliage. (liquorice, lemon, orange.....all different)

Last year rhey were fantastic so hope they will be again 

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:29

Oh, just reread your post Victoria.  Nothing more blue than elymus magellanicus.  Eucalyptus blue, eye catching and unlike any other grass for colour.  Think it would look nice next to Rogersia but not a tall plant.  Best in front.

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:26

Behind a it's heavy soil there then? If so. It determines what grasses would do well there and those that won't.

Miscanrhus MornIng Light is a delight.  Narrow, subtle green and white leaves with nice late summer flowers.  Dainty looking but tough. Nice fountain shape.

Calamagrostis is a favourite of mine......flowerimg now and all summer long.  Narrowish erect, upright wind resisting foliage and delightful purple/grey imflorescences.  Check out a variety called overdam......variegated foliage (would post a picture but don't want to overpost)

Miscanthus Gold Bar is a newer vsriegated variety thaf I like very much.  A more compact, sturdier and brighter version of Zebrinus.

For early summer flowers on tall plants go for Calamagrostis.  For late and autumn flowers go for miscanthus

Yes, deschampsias are excellent.....clouds of billowing flowers all summer long but shorter plants.........about 3'

For a nice winter effect check out Arrhenantherum Bulbosum......have to check spelling on that ....  This is a wonderful bright, white grass that shines in winter and spring.  Looking good right now for me in the summer so is evergreen.  For me it dies down a little in hot late summer but what a winter treat.  Get uncinia rubrum, plum pudding heucheras for winter scene or geranium Black Beauty (fantastic black purple compacf foliage and brightest dark (true) blue flowers for summer

finding it hard to level out soil for grass seed.

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:03

Getting a lawn level for me is rake, heel walk, rake, heel walk, rake,,heel walk, rake.  Boring but effective.  You cannot overdo the raking prior to seed sowing. Raking at different angles too.     Finally a home made "lute".....a plank fastened to old broom handle and triangular supports on the head helps with levels.  

"level" for me is not about using a spirit level.  It's ensuring a smooth, even surface.

Raking is an art I think....probably more of a (minor) skill.  It's not about moving large amounts of soil with long powerful "pulls". Back and forth, keeping rake level and light ESP at later stages when it's all about acquiring a fine tilth 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:50

Morning Dove.  Who's winning the race re star child?  


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