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Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:35

Watch out for late frosts though Alemap.  Keep some fleece handy.  Frost can kill off that top growth and in some places Frost is forecast. No, I wouldn't cut off any stems.

Mexican Orange Blossom - is it ok?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:32

Sounds like wind blast to me.  Is it windier on that side smck75?    Can't see a picture 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:28

Ecky thump!  Should have done I guess but never think to do it Dove. Everything I do is at breakneck speed...always in a hurry, always impetuous, so taking photos is rarely on my mind.  Promised on the forum to take pics of agastaches in summer though so will do this.  Hopefully someone will remind me......bit of the old dementia methinks  Ere, where am I?  

I had a row of wallflowers ....mixed 3 colours, red, yellow and orange.....where the beans are now.  Think they looked good and it seemed a shame to dig them up but beans needed planting now.  

I buy in wallflowers in late august/ earlySeptember and grow them on in my veg patch ..which by then is looking very sparse.  They grow well there.  I pinch out tops.  During late autumn and into winter I dig them up with generous rootball and plant  them out as individual specimens.  Do the same with stocks.  

(I buy from a neighbour who grows them..  She puts out hundreds of them but they are so tiny so look like a multicoloured quilt) 


Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:15

To get rid of ivy I sever the bottom ....leaving a few inches of wood.  I then paint on SBK brushwood killer on the exposed woody stems (try to cut as many stems as possible to treat them all). 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:09

Been a beautiful day here.  Lovely evening. Very warm.

Planted out runner beans after framework erected.  Always a strong support system....3  x 8' metal poles with 4 holes drilled in them, galvanised angle irons propping up end posts,  bean net and 4 stout wires running through net and posts.  It's a big "sailcloth" in mid summer so I make sure it won't fall down.  Also have lateral posts and wire for 3 poles.    (ain't going to lose my beans ). Always a big crop of beans to freeze, eat raw, cook and give away 

Digging up all lily of the valley I's a weed!  

Pulling up wallflowers now....I grow "specimens",  large ones (some over 4'tall) so each one makes an impact on its own.  Don't like lots of small ones mixed together 

SW Facing front.

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:14

Choisya there for me too....the yellow ay burn a little there so I would go for usual green.  Perfect.  Camelias would hate it there.  Peonies look awful when not in flower and they flower for such a short time.

I would not clutter it with lots of fiddly plants.  A choisya with geranium rozanne or Ann Folkard would give aromatic foliage all year round, scented white flowers in spring, blue (rozanne) or Magenta (Ann folkard) flowers all,summer.

Ogster dicentras, anemone, foxglove !  Not for me.  Too sunny and not enough value in them there.  


Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:03

Supernoodle, good morning

Daphne odora aureomarginata grows well down here.  My soil is neutral and good draining.

Is your soil heavy?  I think, yes, it may be too acid but to add lime to your soil would spoil Your garden.  Don't do that....just for one plant.

Its clear your daphne doesnt like your soil.....too heavy, too acidic and prob too wet (?)

I would put it in a pot....don't overpot.....and I would use. John innes number 3.

Good luck Supernoodle 

orange evergreen plants help

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 00:04

Beat me to it shirlsgw....geum Totally Tamgerine is a must.  Flowers for months over evergreen mounds.  Cannas, lilies and tulips come in orange too.

I grow echinacea Tiki Torch, Marmalade and Summer Sun.....all oramge.  And agastache heatwave. Orange gazanias too.  

Spirea Goldflame is a orange foliaged shrub with red orange new shoots amd if cut back duri g the summer a little will produce those red orange shoots again during the summer.  

Agree  with berberis spring this evergreen is covered with brilliant orange flowers.  

Ok,  many of these are not evergreen but you can get orange colour in your garden with these plants.  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:48

Osteospermums love it hot.  Nepeta,Helianthemums, Cistus, caryopteris, ceratostigma, aeoniums, etc.  eryngiums, yes, but check out Jade Frost.  Sedums, from the tiny to the herbaceous perennial ones, will do well there.  

Semecio sunshine is a silver grey shrub with yellow flowers and enjoys the sun.  Most grey or silver plants like sun.  Check out convolvulous cmeorum.....velvety silvery shrub with pure white flowers.  Helychrysum......curry the most silver of plants.  

Dracaena palms come in purples, reds and yellow varieties and would do well in hot situations. 

......the good guys

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:35

Allium, yep.  Paddock Plants are superb.  People....try them.  Excellent prices and service.

Heucherholics another good supplier

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