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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 21:25

Tootles, usually I am a "curves" guy but they would look odd and contrived there.  

You can create an illusion of curves with your selection of plants....a bold planting of 3 or more of, say veronicas, can look more imposing than, say a single low grass or sedge and emphasize the difference.  Even more dramatically a tall miscanthus grass and/or verbena Bonariensis will interrupt the eye when a low planting precedes it.  

Mixing groups with single specimens, mixing textures like phormiums and libertias with mounds like heucheras and santolinas etc.can create

one or two evergreen shrubs like pittosporum, holly or whatever can add to the variety too.  .  

And that wall....cover parts but expose parts too.  A jasmine for scent would be good for example.

Phyllostachys Bissetti

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:36

Same thing will happen to that variety of bamboo too Steve.  And fargesia is not cheap.

re phormiums Sundowner is excellent.  Tall, richly coloured red/pink and vigorous.  Tricolour and Cream Delight are nice creamy variegated types 

Sensory Garden

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:32

plants that release strong scent when touched or brushed against like lemon verbena and salvia elegans, the pineapple sage are essential.  Nothing releases a stronger lemon or pineapple scent than these.

heliotrope, as annuals or perennials, provides wonderful "cherry pie" fragrance to fill a garden in summer.  

Phyllostachys Bissetti

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:25

Surprised Steve.  You ever tried to tear a phormium leaf?  They are tear resistant.  Snails can cause damage but wind? No way 

Use of Vermiculite / Perlite

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:45

I also use perlite for covering seeds 

Phyllostachys Bissetti

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:36

I think Fairy is spot on....paradoxically bamboos are invasive and over vigorous yet struggle in pots.  (I wonder how Monty's have got on....he potted large specimens last spring I think.  I suspect they too have not thrived )

phormiums would do well there SteveBa. 

Chuff, chuff, chuffed!

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:29

Hey Snow, I resemble that remark. I is SHOCKED .  

I will have you know I won a beautiful baby contest.    I think I won mainly because my speech included wanting world peace 

Lilies Frosted

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:17

JCEC, lots of organic matter in winter rain and frost not a great combo for lilies.  some grit under the bulbs will help in future

primrose cottage, yes I would remove that "slime".  It won't protect anything but likely to create an even more mushy situation.  Remove the slime and mulch with something dry and airy like straw or fleece it.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:05

Tootles, well, on your border, lupins could be middle or front.  For me they quickly make large tallish plants....a metre and a half tall and thick spikes of flowers. Depends on colour too.  Yellow lupins with veronicas, blue lupins with red penstemons, white lupins with red heucheras.,red lupins with festucas, etc. etc.  

If your soil is neutral to alkaline spray with epsom salts in spring....enough to ward off slight chlorosis 

Use of Vermiculite / Perlite

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 18:56

GWRS, I use perlite mixed 50/50 with mpc for seed sowing and for cuttings.

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