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Latest posts by Verdun

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:15

Have grown many ceanothus....ceanothii? .......and yet to find one that enjoys being pruned.  The lower growing varieties react best.  

However, it's those roots.....they absolutely hate root disturbance and likely die.  So Emma it depends on how much out of the ground your plant is.  Can you ease it back upright, stake it and replace and firm soil?  then just leave it.  Wait and see 

Laurel vs Photinia red robin

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:10

Photinia is a fickle shrub.  It is susceptible to suddenly dying, often suffers die back and sometimes reacts to pruning.  I had 2 but both died after a few years.

i have pink marble and little red robin but both look tatty at times and will be replaced

Healthy well grown photinias  are lovely when in red leaf.....I had one in front of a walled choisya and the effect was wonderful.  Red foliage backed by a cascade of white flowers.  When cut back the foliage is not great and regrowth can be slow.  

Laurel then for me.  Yew is better. pittosporum?  Lonicera nitIda baggesons gold?   Holly?  

colour scheme

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:06

Made a green and white garden once for someone.  Very cool, soothing and harmonious.  A small pool and pergola completed it.

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:44

Looking for ideas

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:43

Agreed.  A big border is much more impressive than a small one and, strangely, probably easier to maintain.  It's nice then to plant some things in threes, especially the smaller plants.  Aim for impact and quality with everything you plant.  Don't plant anything just to fill in.  Don't plant any rubbish In there ..it will simply irk you 

colour scheme

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:36

Ok Wills.  Perennials and shrubs too or just annuals?  

I can visualise a cracking gArden with those colours of you outline roughly what you have in mind.....permanent, annual or a combination?

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:33

Ooooooo!  I see Dove has said much the same so I gotta be right 

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:32

Many years ago I used a chemical to kill the worms in my lawn...what an ignorant plonker I was.

best thing is to scatter those worm casts with a stiff besom before mowing and whenever conditions are dry.

right now you can spike the lawn to enable best drainage, aerate the lawn too and regularly mow.  A good spring feed too.

there is nothing quite like a lawn or an area of grass......the smell when grass is cut, the colour and appearance of a lawn is good for the spirit and what better to,lie on or sit on?

 

colour scheme

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:12

I love to associate all kinds of plants by colour, form,,height or foliage.

however, just limiting to 3 colours or by anything actually is not for me.  Don't grow annuals in the garden and I guess this is when colour schemes,,as such, are important.

white and lemon combo though is good for me....white hellebores and cream primroses for example in spring.

but, go for it Wills.  I'm sure others will have colour schemes in mind this year though 

Lily of the valley

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 17:54

Especially as we are now in a very cold spell. Those flowers prob will be brief outside 

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Coleonema

Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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