Verdun


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Donald or hillary?

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 20:11

It's called democracy beanpole........whatever the american people decide, whomever they choose to be their President, it  is not for us to judge or even offer an opinion.  Who are we to ridicule the Americans? 


as Obama showed the Power is not in one man's hands anyway. 


Nothing "very wrong with the selection process" aym.  It' s the way it has been for a year or two now.   What other system would you prefer? "Buffoons"???  


At least if the americans make a mistake they have the right to select another President in 4 years unlike    North Korea, Russia etc.  


Methinks we knock our own "system" too much.  Take it for granted perhaps!   Here in the UK We are world leaders in knocking our own...shame!  

Last edited: 03 November 2016 20:12:33

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 19:43

I always to grow plants where best suited though Raisin girl.....you obviously have worked it out well there. 


I grow those plants too.....convolvulous in free draining hot situation; astrantias elsewhere where soil is rich and moist.  


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:52

Finished another border .....including bulbs, grasses, shrubs and perennials ...and duly undermulched with dried manure and finished with compost.  


Dry apart from light rain around mid day and feeling quite warm.  Cloudy and no sign of the sun! 

Salvias

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:43

No they are not tuberus aym 

Hydrangea

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:28

Jane, they are hardy plants but do you water them well during the growing season?  They are very thirsty and will not flower if they are in a dry spot.  Mulching is important too 

Salvias

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:25

Witch, the cuttings may need checking before you leave.   They have less roots so must not dry out totally.  Not much but maybe a little 


salvias vary quite a lot in their needs over winter....the tuberous forms like patens should be kept totally dry.  

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:18

Newb


grasses are perfect companions to hostas and heucheras.......dwarf, tall, foliage colours from blue...elymus magellanicus....red as in uncinia unciniata rubra, imperata red baron....yellow as in Bowles Golden Grass.  Stipa Tennuissima will give you billowing flowers all summer, Hordeum Jubatum too.  Classy grasses like hackonechloa and carex varieties like testacea are evergreen.  


Grasses give linear, fountain-like  contrast to most other perennials as well as movement to animate a garden


check out sanguisorbas too.....light, airy floaty flowers.  Red Thunder, Alba, Pink Elephant, Pink Tanna for example.  Similar style to grasses and complement them well.  


careful about some of the recommendstions above...convolvulous  cneorum for instance needs totally different soil and other conditions to astrantias.....opposite in fact.  


determine what your soil is like...i.e. Is it fast draining or heavy and then decide what plants will thrive there 

Last edited: 03 November 2016 17:20:25

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 23:05

Newb


daphnes....Odoraaureomarginata and Somerset are 2 I like


hamamellis....fragrant with quirky yellow/orange/ red flowers


abelias....flowering now.  A real beauty is Confetti


euphorbia rubra.....evergreen red/black foliage and yellow flowers; Tasman Tiger and Ascor Rainbow


Lonicera Wimter Beauty....winter scent


Scabious Butterfly Blue and Pink Mist are evergreen with loads of colour from spring


erysium Bowles Mauve


santolinas


dwarf pittosporums like Tom Thumb


evergreen grasses like festucas, stipa tennuissima, arundinacea, uncinia, and carex like Testacea and Comans Bronze


Libertia..a favourite for me.  Unique grasslike foliage and white flowers


euonymous like emerald n gold


tulbaghias and pinks....both for foliage and flower


apart from the well known orientallis hellebores check out Corsicus.....nice pale green evergreen foliage and pale green flowers.


coleonema, breath of heaven, diosma...calll it what you will but lovely scented evergreen foliage and white or pink flowers.  Highly tactile.  


Artemisias like Powys Castle and Faith Raven


heathers like the winter carneas but the taller Alberts Gold is striking


some of the hardy compact geraniums like the black foliage Black Beauty and Orkney Cherry are attractive for foliage and lomg flowering


the microphylla salvias provide flowers from white, through yellow, pink, red and blue on dwarf shrubs.


potentillas too for lots of summer colour


Newb, the list is endless really

Can I still pot on?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 19:10

Sanjy, yes they are best in the garden but 9cm ex pots are a little on the small side. 

hydrangea

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:38

I suggested that John......far better in the ground roybooth 

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