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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:10

Unless bought as plugs or bare root, astrantias don't really need too much time to settle in before,flowering.  I had a white.....superb Jumble Hole....astrantia bought as a 2 litre that flowered all summer to a height of 3'.  Already opening its buds at 3' this year and I expect a summer lomg display.   Some varieties,,though, are more floriferous than others. ,

(anyone looked into the flowers of astrantias? jewels!)

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:04


Hypericum calicynum, rose of Sharon , was ome of the very first things I planted.  Tose large yellow flowers,,evergreen foliage,,easy to look after, etc. But it spreads fast.  It did for me anyway.  I dug mine up and it needed a couple of goes to eliminate it.  

Perhaps others will disagree, have a different experience, but I would not plant this Charley.  War about a vigorous geranium instead like Russell Pritchard or Wargrave Pink?

Slug pellets

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:59

I would not put pellets anywhere near fruit or veg.  No point growing your own safe food if you do this.  Used sparingly and well away so no poison seeps into your crops 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:55

Alan, I would pull off those side branches, cut them back a little to buds....the bottom of the cutting,  remove the buds, trim back the top  and pop into a sharp compost mix,,water well and stand in warm, sheltered spot. ,I'm sure they will root.

Hey,Alan..thought it was just me who did that.  In my haste I often clumsily break part of a plant, etc 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:43

Only temporary, (for a day only) and short canes and, now, not necessary for me.  No bimdweed

Nothing more ugly than old carpets placed on the soil for 2 or 3 years or black plastic covering large areas to inhibit perennial weeds.  The soil is ruined, gets stale and sterile and pests have a field day. Thank goodness for glyphosate. 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:41

Bit cheeky chicky  Ha ha 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:40

Photinia does seem to suddenly give up and die.  

Its such a naturaly leggy shrub that it mostly looks less than perfect.  I now have just 2.....Pink Marble amd Little Red robin .....and both are pruned regularly to try amd keep compact. 


White Red Valerian

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:32

Hiya Victoria

I think they are separate varieties not springing from the other.

On the Towans....leading to,the beach behind me....white, red and pink Valerian abound naturally.  In the wild like that they look spectacular.  White perhaps may be more unusual elsewhere but not here.  

(I tried to grow a white amd red valerian together in a part of the Towans.....for sentimental and commemorative reasons......but they would not grow.  Bought plants too but still would not grow. If I planted in my garden they,would grow and take over!!!)

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:25

And you dont want a variety of Rose of your garden 

This forum

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:23

Agree with David.  It's a must do thing for me now to nose into the forum when I get a moment or two.  I think it does get better and better.  

I find it nice to,be able to get opinions,options, etc about where I want to plant something too.  Often someone's idea opens up a hitherto not thought of idea. 

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