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Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:32

Hmmmmmm!  Rain.  Warm rain tho!  It's such a nuisance cos I wanted to water the lawn 

......oh, forecast is better.  Just heard some sun is likely ....

Not the best runner beans I have grown.  They are barely 50 cm tall whereas this time last year they were 6 or 6' high.  Used to sow beans early and be picking loads in mid June.  I would have a big foliage screen 20' by 7' by now.  Whether its the variety......St George, for first time.....or the weather I don't know.  Always grew white varieties with great success. Be interested to know how other folks' beans are this year.  

Some Heucheras are HUGE this year but, again, the yellow varieties just don't do well for me. Don't think I can provide enough shade ...we have such bright light down here and this may be the reason.  Shame...I love the yellow varieties.  Now growing a couple in pots in shade by the house.  I can grow them this way so will accept this situation now.

Hace nice bank holiday folks 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:15

Samantha, that looks very much like will get worse so I would dig it up. 

Is this a second or third year plant?  Often first year plants are more resistant to rust.  I grew huge specimens against a wall for a few years until the dreaded rust appeared. I grew them as annuals for a year or two after that but then stopped growing them.


Mony Don

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:56

Monty does make mistakes......squeezing a huge bamboo into a pot made no sense to me and his way of shoving shrubs into pots as bedding too irks.   His habit of changing his mind about his planting schemes according to his whim is not re assuring

He did a good  job presenting Chelsea but where were the plants?  Did I miss a programme?  The programmes just got repetitive as week went on.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:48

Not convinced about grit and sand deterring slugs.  The Towans...and just a few minutes from me and the sandy paths are littered with slugs.  Physical removal is the only way to control them.

New favourite plants

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:43

Heuchera Obsidion is almost black.  Dahlia twynings After Eight has black foliage.  Scabious chili black has black flowers. Some tulips too.  I have a near black hellebore. ....well dadk purple really. 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:40

Glad you enjoyed your birthday Punkdoc. Piet Oudolph is a famous guy re grasses,  new echinaceas etc., isn't he?  Funnily enough, I bought Vintage Wine yesterday, one of his introductions I think.  Like the idea of more affordable food.  "poncy" food is usually in limited amounts too 

Raining all afternoon and cooler.   Still, weeding done this morning was opportune. Been waiting to get outside to move something.  Ah well!  Do it tomorrow I guess.  




I love talking gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:29

Hello Delorice

You love talking've come to the right place.  We all love talking gardens.

Where are ??ou?  I'm in sunny.....wet today....Cornwall.  Don't get much cold down here but suffered a very, very wet winter.

I grow a few veg too.....not half acre though.  

Look forward to your comments on the forum 

Perennial Planting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:08

That meadow sounds better and better Jim. 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:06

Nice flowers Bill

Cool here today.  Fairly bright.  Dampish on and off.

Cleared away the last of the daffodil and tulip foliage that encourage slugs etc., as well as weeds that do same thing.  It clears more space for the ever growing summer stuff. Located a couple of slugs lurking there too so very satisfying.

 Anemone Wild Swan is ready to flower and when it does it will continue all summer. Removed buds from echinaceas too.  They will flower all the better for it soon anyway.  Got several varieties of double and single varieties of echinacea now so they should look good.     A couple of lupins have been well and truly battered by slugs so I've potted these up and cut off affected foliage.  They will prob flower later.  Plamted a couple of echinaceas and agastaches there instead.  Got plenty of lupins in flower anyway.  




alternative to roses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:50

Well, it's a great idea to get rid of roses....there I've said it.  They are awful in the winter, everyone tries  to grow them, they are vicious, they are prone  to pests and diseases and they have no structure whatsoever. Often they are grown all together with few other plants so look boringly monotonous 

However, grown well in the right situations they are great.  The scent and the beauty of rose flowers is undeniable.  But who grows them well?  Does your neighbour? Do you?

Claire, shrubs and perennials will give ??ou all year round colour and joy.  

Decide on your soil type....acid or alkaline, light or heavy and your situation.....warm or cold, exposed or sheltered.

Could you post a picture here?

I first planted lots of shrubs when I got my first garden.  They filled it up quickly, etc. but try to get some perennials in too.  I now grow more perennials than shrubs.

We can all suggest names of plants but a visit to the garden centre at different times of the year to see what you like and read up on various plants.  

A basic planting of a few well spaced shrubs, knowing how big they will grow, will give you a framework.  Evergreens are key too.  Herbaceous perennials can be divided and easily moved so these can fill a garden quite quickly in a year or so."

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