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Poly tunnel

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 08:19

Perhaps Hostafan is around....he is the expert on polytunnels cornishpixi 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:25

The very best plants for summer fragrance are Regale lilies and heliotrope Chatsworth Willinglearner.  The lilies flower in June and the heliotropes from early July to autumn.

i have more than a score of heliotropes in pots in strategic the front and side doors,,along pathways, where we sit and elsewhere.  The scent...cherry/vanilla ..of these cherry pie plants is fantastic on any warm sunny day.  For me, there is no more imtoxicating scent as it wafts everywhere.  

I would also add lippia citriodora...lemon verbena...and salvia elegans, the pineapple sage.  These two plants release very strong lemon and pineapple scents respectively when touched or brushed against.  Nice where we sit.  

With these plants you will recline in sublime bliss....your olfactory senses will thank you most profusely next summer 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:25

Ruffled Swan etc posted as promosed on "anyone done gardening ". thread aym 


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:55

No, not rust Sarah,

i have a feeling the ground may be a little wet there or perhaps a tad shady....?

i find penstemons rarely show signs of disease or distress if grown in full sun and in very free draining soil.  

Where do you grow it?  Do you water it maybe too offen? 

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:46

Well, I did manage to keep it for 2 winters Andy........I think the straight Rubrum, Eaton Canyon maybe? classier.  It looks really good where you have it 

New lawn

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:43

Posts crossed there LG.  good post to give confidence to James 

New lawn

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:41

James, been there when I had a new mower and scalped the lawn 

don't feed whstever you do.  Do two things:  water well and keep it moist over next couple of weeks.  Then raise the cut of your mower

hopefully, you will recover your lawn .  Good luck 

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:36

Yours are slightly ahead of mine Andy...They are fantastic grasses.  May be to your taste or maybe not but Pennisetum Fireworks is a stunner 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:31

Joyce, a week more and the asters would have been fully open.  A few weeks back I had Spigelia Marilandica Wisley Jester there too and it has just started  flowering again.  Likes similar conditions and is a real gem 

nice that someone else also enjoys associating plants....I always experiment with contrasts and complements.  

Go for it Joyce...Ruffled Swan is delightful.  There is another, Dreaming Swan, I will add here.  Think heads hang down more thus highlighting the blue reverses better.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:06

I have found heucheras,,primulas and similar with roots completely eaten...vine weevil grubs.  Many others too.  Prob most of us here on the forum 

I clearly stated when to use Provado.  Very, very clear.  Made my preference for nematodes clear too.

if damage is being done in the late autumn to late winter period then Provado is the ONLY option but, I am only repeating what I said earlier.  

I don't think you are actually at odds with my own view as stated.....except roots in the soil are attacked for sure 

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