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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:27

Language frank 

Best soil for Bamboos in containers?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:53

john, saving a few bob is short changing yourself here!!!! 

John innes...yes fhe way to go.  It is a long term planting, a one off, so best to get it right from the start.  

You can make your own using sieved garden soil and adding balanced fertiliser, sand, grit and compost but what a palaver 

I would be inclined to line the metal tanks or at least grow plants to shield them from hot sun.  I can see plants baking in them during the summer.  .??

Any guidance?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:39

Hiya Natalie

pot up all the bulbs.  You can plant them out but putting in pots means you can then plant them exactly where you want them when, or before, they flower. 

Leave the seeds umtil spring

don't be tempted by everything you see though Natalie........every description is a "must have" but always best to know what you are getting.  Muscari, for example, is an aggressive little beauty.  It can quickly over run a garden.  For me it is a weed I am constantly removing 

Last nights GW

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:32

Not purple ice dahlia ...monty's was more white.  I have a feeling he will tell us next week.  

dahlias are growing on me...a little.  Can be so "loud"  though.  I have several here, hopefully more subtle than some are but I did yield to 4 plants at the National Dahlia collection yesterday.  It is only 20 minutes away and sale was on.  Slightly root-bound so loosened and potted on.  They will flower for another 4 weeks at least but they are really for next year now.  

might take some pictures later.....3 varieties are new to me and, I must confess, delightful.  


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:13

Christina, any buds at all?  

If not, leave them be;  echinaceas will flower next year.

echinaceas need to build up a good root system in order to flower well.  I remove flower buds on newly planted echinaceas and only allow them to flower after mid summer for this reason.

gerberas?  if the (new) hardy sort they often flower late...into winter down here.  Still time 


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 06:38


cutting flower stems off now is a  bit too late to make a difference for this season.   it is important to remove flower stems as they go over, during the growing season to keep echinaceas flowering.  

Culturally, although echinaceas enjoy it drier and warmer than say rudbeckias,,they still benefit from a good drink now and then in summer.  Not now though.  

Down here flowers are still coming because the growing season is a long sign of them dying down just yet.

you can move them now aym..soil is warm and moist and you can better judge how they will look next   year too. 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:40

Hiya Tetley

looked at the Gtech but hey!  No stripes.    Got to have stripes. I mean to say, a lawn without stripes is like bread without butter.............

I think only Bosch have rear rollers.

Long grasses for screening

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:36

Phormiums or restios ...both grass like...could fit the bill.  Tall phormiums like Sundowner perhaps but can't think of any tall evergreen grasses 

avoid bamboos except those genuine clumpers which are few and far between.  

miscanthus will provide structure over winter too.....9 months isnt too bad is it??

What to do with my punny agapanthus please?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:42

Too late to feed aym.  They are looking forward to the land of nod soon 

Fast growing shrubs/trees with interesting foliage or flowers to create an approx 5ft ish 'hedge'

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:15

I would go for a couple of pittosporums...Garnettii  is my choice.  Lovely grey foliage with pinky red tints and easily controlled for size.  I keep mine shaped.  A camelia too ...if your soil is neutral to a choisya.  Not evergreen but a beauty is cotinus royal purple.   lovely contrast with garnettii and choisya, esp if you went for the yellow Sundance 

a curve of lavendar too following the edge of your drive would add colour and scent too.  

Hmmm!  I like grass.  nothing quite like it for creating calm and linkage in the garden so I would try to keep it.  

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