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Posted: 19/09/2016 at 11:57

your neighbours are bullying you Philippa.  

I would be surprised if the Council had a view on it.  

stand your ground and say you have nothing more to say on the matter

personally, I hate bullies.  In my experience they are always cowards too 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 07:48

It cannot make the slightest difference what star sign anyone is born under.  A load of nonsense.  


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:35

A hedge is anything that links up to form a barrier or boundary.  Height is irrelevant.  I have a lavendar hedge...planted last autumn, flowered this summer and now trimmed to a tight, neat 20 cm high and wide.  I have a hedge to one side of my veg patch comprising euonymous varieties, rosemary, lonicera baggesons gold and  many other evergreens.  Yes, a hedge.

2 laurels and a bay over 60' is NOT a hedge. 

It seems you are more concerned about the 2 metre height technicality Philippa?

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Polemonium advice

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:26

No, not the same thing at all but similar 

it will make a plant some .60 to 80 cm high. 

ophiopogon?  Indeed it is a difficult plant in the garden.......I found it effective in a terracotta pot with white gravel and latterly in front of a yellow choisya but it would associate well with your polemonium.  Side ny side...hmmm?  Could you plant ophiopogon in front ?  It grows only 15 cm or so tall so would contrast well.  However, it is all very subjective.  You son't need to associate plants but it is what I do.  They then add up to more than they are separately!

those annuals!  This is what we all have to decide about, viz., just when to pull them out.  Keep them for as lomg as you enjoy them but then  pot on polemonium but loosen the roots first, keep in pot unti ground is vacant. I have scores of plants potted on incl bulbs to plant out later or in spring.

your "very wet" site sounds doubtful for polemonium.  Plant a fern there instead .   A moist good soil but not a very wet soil for your polemonium Wakeshine..  not too much shade either or you will lose the variegation.  Ideally sun in good soil. 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:30

No, don't "squeeze" it in anywhere.  It is a beautiful plant...I grow it as well as another too very much like if, viz., Stairway to Heaven"

apart from the blue flowers it is the foliage that is the stand out feature so I personally would associate it with a purple or red perennial like heuchera Berry Smoothie or similar.  Even ophiopogon nigrescens

you have a choice....loosen those roots and pot it into a bigger pot or plant it out but don't keep it as it is.  Unless you decongest those roots and soak them it  will struggle to take up any water over the next few weeks or in spring.  

You will need to give it good rich moist soil, or soil that doesn't dry out.  Those annuals you mentioned should soon be over so if the space, the soil, is good enough plant your Brise D'Anjou there asap

Dying yew hedges

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 20:36

Looks like a water problem.   Looks like they are drying out.  Were they watered? 

You said previously it  was concreted over.....was the concrete removed?  

Yes, someone should accept responsibility here....the gardener if he didn't prepare the plant or the soil properly or the nursery.  

I once bought a shrub from a GC that deteriorated badly on me.  I went to tbe GC and noticed all the stock there was deteriorating too.  Then a chat with the manager.  Money refunded.  So you could vieit the nursery to see his stock and explain what is happening to your plants Chancey 

buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:53

It will need more moisture but I sense it is in its genes to diminish year on year.  

I have taken cuttings from the most floriferous parts of Buzz and see how they perform. buzz Magenta is likely to make way though for Baptisia Dutch Chocolate that I have been growing on 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:46

Not a great picture...getting a bit dark...but this is one of the dahlias that took my fancy yesterday in the bargain rack.  Flowers  are a bit tatty and the whole plant is going over.  Not subtle but I think next year it will be a stunner........on its own somewhere though!  Not one to easily associate with other plants

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:26

No, Bright Star...only cuttings on that one.  They root and grow easily and make large plants next year 

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:57

Foggy goggles,, you know you can DIVIDE it, don't you?  One of a few salvias that can be divided 

agree, Blue Note is superb.......more tender though.  Similar to it, just as attractive with a softer lavendar colour, is Violin Music 

cuttings needed for both ! 

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