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lawn edging advice

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 19:07

I made concrete edges for my lawns few years ago. Permanent,attractive blended in well) and easy to do.  

I cut out the shape in the lawn and used flexible plastic boards to create a channel.  Dug down 7" and 4" wide, an occasional metal spike,,some gravel for base and cement mix.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:59

Nothing like an open top car in summer Orchid......and I have nothing like one now   Test drove mini convertible and fiat 500 convertible last year....lovely.  However, Dove lets me drive hers 

Best time of year to plant Camellia

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:55

Hello dicemanc,

Plant now if you see one you like.

Soil needs to be at least neutral......fallacy that camellias need acid soil, although preferable......and incorporate plenty of compost too.  As long as early morning sun is avoided and you keep it well watered. Why wait until autumn to plant?  You might as well enjoy it as an evergreen shrub now 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:49

Then try a bell cloche with full ventilation over them in cold or wet times in winter. Saw some cheap plastic ones ther day in one of those pound shops

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:45

BMW convertible is nice Orchid 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:22

Sorry you are aghast bizzieB.  

Orchid lady, hydrangeas are such large shrubs that just one,the white, and, possibly a good named red ( my soil there is neutral to alkaline) so, yes, prob will bin my pink.  Enjoy your visit to Cornwall.  If weather stays the same you will,have great time

Perhaps my star in my garden right now is a large clump of echinaceas

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:09

For me roots or tops are not eaten by slugs etc.

Roots will rot in wet or damp cold soil.  Paradoxically, although liking dry hot conditions agastaches still need a decent dose of water now and then

Victoria, agastaches do NOT like  being dug up.  From seed they won't be black adder...it's sterile variety

Never plant them out in autumn or winter.  A guarantee of plants next year is to grow on in pots and then over winter them.  If you buy now pot on, water now and then and hold back until mid spring before planting out

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 12:39

Once grabbed a fly out of the air and ate it.  Chewed it with relish.   should have seen the face of the guy opposite hee hee hee

(had a raisin in my hand, pretended there was a fly, said "got ya" and job done). 

Look! Its what blokes do 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 11:34

.......keep wanting to add "pudding" to the end of your name Victoria .....prob my obsession with food 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 11:32

Bit of context here.  I grow the hybrid and often new varieties that have the less,hardy gene in them.  There are some like blue fortune and some downright "seedy" amd these will be easy to propagate.  

Black Adder does survive for me if left intact.  I have plants that have taken from cuttimgs and from basal tears....blue boa is easy for me.  I have deliberately avoided those that seed. 

I have never succeeded in dividing agastaches.  They resent root disturbance and like to get roots down deep. The hotter the better for agastaches but still need a good drink every week or so.

Hapycottontail I have posted pics but waiting for little more growth. (to show off ) first.  In a recent picture I had black adder, summer sky amd raspberry summer but perhaps it was bit hazy.  I have one called heatwave which is "delicious" but it is, so far, quite short.  Expected it to be taller so it is a little obscured .....next year it will be front of border.  However, I will include it in pics. 

For me....here in the very mild south west of cormwall.....agastaches are at their peak approaching mid July onwards.  

Only been growing agastaches for 4 years or so therefore still learning about them.  

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