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Shrubs for a very small cottage garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:40

Oh, following Scott's suggestion re geraniums, check out Black Beauty.  I think this may be my fsvourite.....small, compact with beautiful red black shiny foliage and brilliant erect bright blue flowers.  A real eye catcher.  Sling a silver, white, grey or yellow plant next to it and .....luverly!  

......actually, plant a scented white pink like Arctic Star next to it.  The scent from this is womderful and the pink has lovely eucalyptus blue foliage to make a fantastic combination 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:35

Hello forkers

Been very humid and warm here......bit damper further east and south I think.  Perfect growimg comditions   But  runner beans still not growing as fast as usual.  

I have  a couple of,hardy....magellanica types....fuschias in pots I am not emtirely sure of their  nomenclature or their names!!! lol.    A sport of Tom West I think with vivid red and pink small leaves and red flowers( now opening.).  I have one in a terracotta pot amd another in a large classy black one.  I would grow them for their foliage alone.  Can't think I've seen this elsewhere.    As I said, not sure about the name....anybody?  Prob got it from a small nursery in the middle of nowhere.....where I used to pick up all sorts of gems.

 

Shrubs for a very small cottage garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 16:01

Hiya Hettie

I think I would get trailing plants in that wall....aubretia, alyssum, sun roses, osteospermums, Arabis, etc.   A Phormium like Dazzler, a maroon more compacf form than usual, would look nice there.  A silver mound like santolina, juniperus blue star is a vivid blue, evergreen mound that would grow well there, some of the smaller hebes, and a beautiful sage called Tricolour which has blue summer flowers on pink,,white and pale grey foliage.  

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 15:49

It's difficult, isnt it?

Surely it's so easy to tell if glyphosate does damage to watercourses.  Growing plants in pots and troughs and specific areas of the garden, raised beds, etc amd spraying them with glyphosate.  Plamt again amd spray the next crops. And again and again.  Test the soil, the water run off...even the following crops...for built up contamination.  Surely it's simplicity itself. If no measurable issues fine;   If contaminated then ban glyphosate.  

Always eaten butter, eggs, milk, cheese, all that but all of them have been both damned and praised by the science experts.  Forget the experts who say I'm on course for a heart attack because......aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  (

Christine Walkden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:49

Knows her stuff.  Maybe not so good on the eye as some of the ex model presenters but far more interesting and knowledgeable.

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:46

I think we are all human guinea pigs.  Mankind learns from his mistakes when the full consequences come,to the fore.  However,we need to be practical, sensible and not panic because some (often ill informed)  boffins announce something.

dont eat food where glyphosate has been used this year.  Dont eat food where slug pellets are........?

Boffins are offen the most nerdy and single minded people having an academic education but lacking any real wisdom.  I remember a group of villagers creating crop circles and the village invaded by scientific experts.  They declared they were of supernatural origin.  The villagers then informed the press that they made the circles themselves.  The "experts" were embarrassed and angry and complained their time had been wasted.

Time amd time again the experts declare things we all know are just plain daft.  

Glyphosate is a chemical used to initially eradicate persistent weeds, often used once or twice thereafter.  I hardly use it here.......occasionally on a dandelion or wild grass on a path. .....because it is not necessary for me to.  Nobody knows the effect long term of glyphosate, micro waves, mobile phone use, wireless Internet use , tv watching, tea drinking, or even of lomg term daly use of mouthwashes.  

We live for now....generations ahead will know what we did wrong. Generations ahead of them will know what they did wrong.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:26

I lost 20 pounds in a single afternoon once 

Transplanting Sedum

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:53

Daisyheadcase, yes I could.  I'd do that for you 

Dont like cuttings in water...works well with impatiens......rather pot them up in mpc and perlite.  Just as quick.

What is flowering now in your garden?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:14

In a month all of our gardens will be packed with flowers so dont ask us then what is flowerimg?  

Transplanting Sedum

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 08:53

Yippee!  

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