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Perennial evergreen Grass

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:51

Philippa check out Imperata Red turning blood red ar a height of 60 cm.  beautiful plant.  

Pennisetum rubrum is tender.....needs 4 degrees minimum over winter......with red grass and foxy red flowers at a height of 70 cm in summer.  Perfect for sunny spot.  There is another tender  variety called Fireworks available in the garden centres soon.

Carex buchanii is good too.....evergreen, easy and brown red foliage.  Erect and great next to hostas.  Another carex is comans this is a plant I really like.  Similar to buchanii but wider spreading and arching. Brilliant for sunny spot.  About 50 cm




Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:42

Hot morning but clouded over in the  afternoon.  Very warm and humid

Did a load of staking. ( dahlias, heleniums) weeding and a little planting.  

Took my mum out for a bit.......gets difficult at times cannot deny that....and she enjoyed herself 

Watching Oranges and Sunshine, a powerful drama about those children sent to Australia in the 50's.  

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:10

here is one of my flamingos.  formal right now but in a couple of weeks dahlias, ,heleniums, agastaches (heatwave just emerging here) frikartii monch, echinaceas, etc and calamagrostis karl foerster will produce a much more in formal scene


Lovely surprise

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 08:30

Nice one Bob.  A hedgehog shuffles around here too.  Seen him a couple of times and always makes me chuckle   I am careful on my snail hunt that I don't step on him.


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 08:24

Lovely, lovely morning.  Had sea mists sat night to heavily water the garden.  

The football? Look, , England played well, we had kids in the team, we had a bad pitch, the heat suited the Italians better,  the referee and fhe crowd were against Englamd, we could have scored but a spectator took a photo and distracted a certain goal.  We are the best side in the world really but other teams always score more goals than we do.  

We have the most professional football set up in the world and the highest paid players and managers but we cannot play football. We will not win a single game in Brazil because we are not good enough.

Now for another piece of toast 

Salix Integra "Flamingo"

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 01:18

I will post a picture of my salix Flamingo go with,show how magnificent this plant is.  I love it.  Most people like agree wih rosesru. 

Esther, it doesn't sound good but I had one in a dry spot that looked sorry for itself.  A regime of generous  watering for a week recovered it well.  So, try thaf Esther.  Check stems for signs of life ....any green if you scratch with your nails?  

Shasta daisies

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 01:09

I always soak plants before planting.  Tease out the roots and let plants stand in water for 30 mims or more if rootball is very dry.  Otherwise roots will never venture out Imto the soil 

Taking Conifers out?!

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:47

Claire, yes get rid of them....I would,wait until autumn. Gives you time to work out what you would like there and it's a good time to plamt up.  

What sort of soil do you have?  Acid,,alkaline, light,,heavy?  


Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:41

Always wanted to do grafting myself Jim.  Looks super neat job there. 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 19:24

Scorchio still.  Possibly hottest day so far. 

Got sprinkler out.  Ground is drying fast 

Earlier talk of buying undies reminds me to get more boxers....tired of cutting up  old pyjamas.  Going to splash out on designer homer Simpson ones I saw down the market 

Had a ride in my niece's partner's beetle he built from scratch.  Wot a ride   Suspension?  What suspension?  He hit every bump on the road bigger than a pebble, it shook and rattled like a can of screws...but great fun 



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