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large gap needs filling

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:16

Hello Tilly,

Hey fidget, that's my suggestion too.  A buddleia.  It will be happy in poor chalky soil and will grow fast.  Especially if bought as a 3 litre plant.  

Senecio greyii is evergreen and will do well there...silver foliage a d yellow flowers In June and July.  

Try to dig as deeply as you can though

A favourite shrub of mine is choisya ....lovely glossy aromatic foliage and in spring loads of white flowers heavily scented with orange/vanilla.  Easily kept low too and evergreen.  There is a yellow variety too ....Sundance.  Check both out 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:08

Hey, I haven't emptied out the cabin.  Still got bags of dried cow manure in it.....reeks something rotten.  

Its been a wonderful day here....absolutely stunning weather and still is.  Intended to sow veg this morning but a visitor occupied the time.  It was nice but would have liked to have sown my seeds. 

Visited my mum in hospital...still progressing.  Much to the nurses' annoyance I insisted on taking my mum outside in a wheelchair around the hospital gardens.  She loved it.  Dont care if nurses were disgruntled. 

Planted out linum perenne, astilbes in large pots, and eryngium jade frost.

Looks like a lovely weekend in store folks 

Advise lease

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:57

Sue,

Sorry you had to try again to get a reply to your query

Many acers have suffered over the past winter because of the constant rain.  I myself have lost an acer this year because of being saturated.

Your acer with its fine leaves is a particularly vulnerable plant ....it doesn't like direct hot sun or cold winds.  Is yours in a windy position?  Can you move it to a more protected spot?

Every spring I would cut out any dead wood and trim back to healthy shoots.  

I would not feed too much either as I sense ??ou may have overdone this.  Feeding isnt a solution to damage caused by growing conditions.   Do you tend to water it a lot?  

So. I would cut out dead wood, make sure it's in a sheltered spot and resist watering too much.  Also check for vine weevils...acers  in pots are susceptible to these pests.  You can buy vine weevil killer to apply to your tree

Good luck Sue 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:07

Lily of the valley became a weed in my garden so I am trying to eradicate them.  They are not the best behaved 

They don't really like it too dry or hot, for me.  Good soil and they will romp 

what is attacking my echinacea plant

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:04

Yes I too think its slugs, prob those small things, (Dove will know what sort.) usually found under the bottoms of pots.  

I live near the Towans where sand is everywhere yet slugs and snails have not read their scripts because they do cross sand, grit etc.   vigilance is the answer and regular checking of your plants.  Echinaceas are loved by slugs right now.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:26

Hey, Im being squeezed here.......hmmm! Quite nice tho 

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:22

Just give it a few weeks.  Eucalyptus is slower in makiNg spring growth but soon gets going at pace 

EVERGREEN CLIMBER

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:15

Solanum for me is evergreen.  Album is superb.  White flowers for ages and very quick growing.  

Not evergreen but I planted clematis Montana over an old conifer for a friend a few years back and right now it looks superb.  I also erected a tripod of galvanised rods and wrapped clemaris support around the trunk.  

Many honeysuckles are semi evergreen and quick growing and. Hey, those scented flowers   Oops!  Just noticed you did not want honeysuckle.  However, I have 2 different varieties over an arch and it Provides a profusion of flowers and scent so why not go for another variety?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:09

Hey!  Anyone seen clueless?  james?  Miss his posts 

Plant addiction

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:07

Hmmm!  Planting in 3, 5 or 7?   I do plant often in 3's but usually I plant singly.  Reason is ......if grown on before planting out .....they make a good impact anyway as sIngle specimens and, secondly, I want to grow lots and lots of different varieties. Grow in a group of 7.....I do for  heathers......and you have nothing when flowering is over over a large area.   In 2 years or 3 I will have large individual specimens that have easily caught up with the 7 planted by others.

I see our Monty planting in his groups but he has a huge garden but I often think he overplants, ESP in his containers.  I often think by mid summer his plants will  be choked by his overplanting...!  

Plant combinations work better without the large groupings, in my opinion.  My single "specimen" plants provide many more interesting and varied plants to look at.  E.g. Heleniums will make large plants  very quickly as do salvias, cannas, asters ( although I do like a group of frik monch)and the like.  Grasses too grow large and do not need to be planted  in groups except for the little 'uns like Tennuissima, hordeum jubatam, fescues efc.  

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