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Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:09

Susan, try arrhenarhera bulbosum in front of your dogwoods.  White 60cm erect "stems" in front of red sticks ?    


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:06

Morning folks

beautiful here.  Blue sky, sunshine, no wind and dry. ,been chilly overnight though. take Spike soon so may change my mind about the weather but expecting it to be good 

took a photo of miscanthus gold bar as dark was descending.  It looked ghostly but shows how effective tall grasses can be at this time of year.   If I remember I will post it on the forum


Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 19:35

Don't fancy yellow Charley

if I had a bigger garden the silver birches and dogwoods would be a feature Edd


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 16:42

Don't touch em Edd.  Heard on latest news those are prob toxic. send to me right away and I will test in my lab for you 

Helleborus Washfield Queen

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 16:40

Doesn't look special to me Voctoria.  See what they say about the photo.

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:34

That planting Woody.  It's what I like too.  Maybe a salvia Amistad or uliginosa in there too?  Or agastache black adder? 


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:32

That container should be fine but holes do need to be drilled.   That 2 or 3" you say of water is too much Joyce.  It will mean that your compost is likely to freeze or be too wet in the winter. If you can get someone to drill those holes to allow perfect drainage it should be good.

however your soil sounds ideal for your figs.  If you keep fig  pruned and don't over fertilise...let it grow hard....I think it would be better in the ground.

Helleborus Washfield Queen

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:23

Keep it in your head about that replacement though 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:22

For me...and seemingly for many others.....photinias are very fickle shrubs.  Lovely when dense and in red leaf.  They suddenly seem to become poorly, or get leggy or reluctant to shoot from lower down.  I have just 2 now...Pink Lady and little red robin. 

like Woody I cut back hard to try and rejuvenate Red Robin. It responded fairly well the following season but then died. It had another in front of a wall grown choisya and the contrast in leaves in front of masses of white flowers in spring.....was amazing.  However, it too became ugly and undesirable.

Mark, you have nothing to lose by cutting it back as suggested but in all probability it will not grow back.

Helleborus Washfield Queen

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 14:39

First flowers, esp on young first year blooming, sometimes are misleading.  Further flowers later may produce better flowers.

however, I agree you should contact the supplier, express your disappointment and say you have a photo.  I think you may be pleasantly surprised to receive a replacement and still keep the plant you have.  Describe your plant as washed out looking and surely not indicative of the quality of plants your supplier has(?). 

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