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Big Onions

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:09

I have grown Kelsey amd ailsa craig as well as robinsons mammoth in the past from seed sown over the xmas holiday.

not so fanatical now about size now.....smaller,,although not too small, onions seem to ripen better and store better

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:35

Bit of a slip up there nut 

apart from cold wind it's been a sunny pleasant dry day here.  Not recommending this to others but I cut back STIPA gigantea and the rest of miscanthus today ...they will be just fine down here. Cut lawns ....they havent really stopped growing.  Generally tidying away dead growth.  Dogwoods looking fantastic in the sunshine but they too will be cut down in 3 weeks or so.  Brutal me! 

'mind your own business'

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:29

Glyphosate, if applied carefully and not spilled onto other plants, will kill only green stuff sprayed.

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:26

Ah Woody......never grown the deciduous ones but contemplated it.  Always felt,blue flowers were never quite so good On gloire de Versailles, etc......what do you think?

What's on your wishlist?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:46

All of 'em excellent Busy 

my wish list was for hydrangea kyushu and limelight, lysimachia Beaujolais, mahonia caress, white foxgloves and actea black negligee.  Oh! And a few more echinacea Chyenne to complement my named varieties.     Got them.  So I'm entirely!  Well maybe just ..........

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:39

Great pictures Berghill.  Envious of those snowdrops.  Good to see conifers there conifers.  And hellebores another of my favourites.  However, loads to come too I see.  

colour scheme

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:32

You dont need a shady border to grow white flowers of course.  White is great in shade.  However, I grow lots of white flowers in full sun ....they cool hot colours.....and light up those summer evenings.  

Orange for me is a desirable colour.  Purple too ...think of purple sensation.  Blue and yellow is a combination I use in many locations......voltage yellow osteospermums with blue upright Linum.  Red and blue is good.....bishop of llandaff and salvia guaranitica or  blue Veronicas with red echinaceas or go for foliage contrast with Elymus  Magellanicus with red heucheras?   

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.

Discussions started by Verdun

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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