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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:12

Excellent Marion.  

I know what you mean about the scents right now too 

What is wrong

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:08

Alfiethomas hi

when you repot use a john innes soil based ericaceous compost not the ericaceous multi purpose compost. It makes a big difference.   Ask at the garden centre if you are unsure.  

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:19


Plants (In Pots)

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:17

Sorry sneaked in there whilst I wasn't looking 

Plants (In Pots)

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:15


I will make a start then......phormiums, although not tropical, look tropical and grow well in pots.  Red, green and yellow varieties.

cannas...superb from mid summer onwards.  Again check out foliage colours in Tropicanna Black, Pretoria, Durban etc.  Flowers 7' or more. Aeoniums, agaves, echeverrias, diosmas all thrive in dry conditions.  

colocasia black black as a plant can be.  Needs a deep saucer under your pot.  Check out a classy grass, hackonechloa.   In a pot it is superb.  Forms a mound that then cascades making a shimmering, moving in the slightest breeze, effect.  Yellow leaves suffused with orange and red tints but again place a saucer under the pot.  Many grasses will grow well in pots...miscamthus, deschampsias, festucas, and stipas all add movement and class.    houttynia chameleon....NEVER PUT THIS IN THE GROUND....looks psychadelic in a pot.  Red, pink,,yellow, orange and green leaves topped with orange scented flowers in summer.  Another for a saucer. 

tree ferns, if you can locate a reasonably sheltered spot there.  Hedychiums...gingers....will grow in large pots and look very tropical. 

can I offer a word of caution re membrane?  It is difficult to move plants later and there are other problems with using it.  If you forget the membrane and mulch thickly your plants will thrive.  They will still, eventually, spread beyond their area under membrane.  I have a phlox planted in an area of my garden that I "membraned" a few years ago.  It has now grown a metre or so away from initial plant...the membrane does break up eventually.  My view is membrane looks ugly, is ugly and restrictive.

Weeds will still grow over membrane.  Roots will spread under and over it and with great vigour to get to the light.  

Hostas and ferns will grow well in the ground as well as in pots.  Foliage colour from acteas if in the ground or convolvulous cneorum in pots (silver velvety foliage with pure white glistening flowers and need very little attention)  sedums like Posties Pride or Purple Emporor will give you almost evergreen purple succulent looking foliage 

burying pots in the ground doesn't kill the plants.  They just don't grow as well and need more maintenance, watering and care. 

Choose your plants with care....research which of them will be invasive if planting in the ground.  

A thick mulch creates a healthy soil too and looks so good

anyway hope some of this helps 

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:43

Ha ha PP ...thats great 

stevo.......don't beat yourself up over it.  

Honeysuckle near the sea

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:39


I think most cultivated honeysuckles will suffer with salt winds.  Here, I am near the sea but sheltered by walls and trees so they grow well.  

Solanum alba is worth checking out as is summer jasmine.  

Yes, Monty's new plant is Scentsation but many new plants prove disappointing.  I am an avid collector of new plants but I now dispense with the hype and thoroughly research them before buying

there are some amazing scented honeysuckles that have been tried and tested if you still want to plant one  

The longest flowering perennial is........

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:29

Sounds like Totally Tangerine Tooey.  Here too.  

Ha ha, your dad clearly had oldest part so you need to give him some of yours in autumn.  I divide every 2 years,,sometimes every year and they thrive on it 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:25

Obelixx, point taken.....

Let's ALL call off the attacks.....from now 

Thin out fruit on a new blackcurrent?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 11:54

Nick, no need to but in autumn apply a thick mulch .....I use a mixture including dried manure......

blackcurrants are very hungry plants.....feed them well and they will feed you well 

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