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SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:41

I grow a couple of these. They do suffer some dieback after winter so I remove these to leave a problem-free plant for summer.

They don't like it too dry. They need to be watered very well at first.  Jonny, did you soak the rootball before planting?  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:57

Bit misty at times and some drizzle but very warm.  

Grass cut, agastache Blue Boa, coreopsis...coreopses?....., agastache black adder and summer sky,a couple of lupins and another grass planted.  Oh, and 3 pots of lilies too.  With daff foliage gradually being removed the summer perennials are now being seen.

Returned a couple of leucanthemum Broadway Lights today.  Ironically those In the garden are fine but a couple I potted up and kept in the GH rotted.  5 year growth guarantee on them so got money back.  

Commented MrsG  on the grasses thread 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:49

Ok, none of those are actually grasses MrsG.  None of these produce those wafting flwers you wanted

I disagree about comans though......doesn't seed for me and is well Behaved.  I think it's  a beautiful thing......mop head and moves in fhe breeze. Carex buchanii seeds though so maybe confusion there but it is darker....more red....and tightly erect. Nice though as an accent.  

 Testacea is a beauty. 

Carex like moisture ge really.  Grasses usually like it drier.

A lot of carex are similar so make su??ou what you get is different enough......but carex can be boring at least some of them. ,grasses are softer, more tactile (try touching a carex seed head amd it will irritate your hand.  Not a touchable plant for path  edge or for kids)

MrsG, please don't buy because they're cheap.  Your list above has similar plants.  Avoid Juncus.......awful 

Ideas for large rectangular planters

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:06

Hiya Jayne

Libertias...some lovely varieties now.  Golden/olive stiff foliage with small white flowers in spring.

How much wind do you get there ?  As long as it's not a howling gale every day   Pieris is a great plant for a container. Evergreen, brilliant red leaves in spring and early summer and white flowers in spring.  Highly colourful,,highly attractive and easy......except you need to use ericaceous compost as its an acid loving plant. Nice variegated varieties like Flaming Silver and Little Heath too. 

Pieris would be set off perfectly by your white walls

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:59

If the site is relatively sheltered from cold winds, from the hottest of direct sun and soil is reasonably moist an Acer should be fine there Mags

You don't really need it to be too acid but a good mixture of compost, ericaceous soil and/or bark  chips plus a little organic granular fertiliser is added it should be fine.

Make sure those conifer  roots are removed....leave no stump behind if you can.  Water it well

The soil will be depleted, dry, hungry and poor so mix compost etc. generously in it.  



Posted: 02/05/2014 at 08:53

Little weeeed, good morning 

If it's for vine weevils nematodes are very effective.  

Two things......bit early yet to use them but you can order them for delivery at correct time.  Also, you will need to scrape gravel back a little to effectively apply nematodes. They are living creatures and need to be in moist soil to survive.  Drench your pots after scraping gravel  back and then push it back to cover watered soil.  I like to water again a couple of times ....not drench this time...during the next week or so. 


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 08:45

Misty morn.  If it clears if will be very warm so here's hoping.

Looks like a couple of leucamthemum broadway lights have failed over winter.  Still bit  early to tell for sure without digging them up. Got a group of 3 and 2 are suspect. 5 year growth guarantee on them so will give them another week before taking them back to GC. Lovely plants though 

Where I site my runner beans I plant a row of wallflowers every year.  Makes an otherwise  bare space look attractive over winter..  However, my runner beans trays.....are more than ready to be planted out yet wallflowers looking good still.  Shame to yank them out yet but will do over next few days.  Well, that's gardening I guess.

Have huge optimism again this year we will have a good summer 


Pruning advice for Winter Honeysuckle

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 08:27

Morning Julie

Its easy really. I prune mine back after flowering .....up to now.  (actually, I'm a little later doing it this year and will be pruning today or tomorrow)

I prune back every year to strong buds the flowered shoots.  I actually do this quite hard.  It is a vigorous shrub so needs this treatment to keep within bounds 

Can you be brutal with a hosta?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:54

Well, for those who love hostas, and I do, ignore the detractors.    

It would be a boring world if we all liked the same things.  

Gardening 101

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 21:01

Ant, I would use a weedkiller based on glyphosate.  Use on a dry day. It needs 5 to 6 hours without rain to work..

Scented plants will give great pleasure.  Check out annuals like nicotiana....tobacco plants, heliotropes (that smell like cherries), get some sweet pea plants,  a couple of lilies....Lilium Regale, the regal lily, is womderful.  Tall white scented flowers will fill your garden with fantastic scent in June and July.  Get a mint plant and pop it into a pot, lovely smell, and a plant called lippia citriodora (lemon verbena) that releases huge lemon scent when touched or brushed against.

Scent is such an under used but vital part of any garden 


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