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fixing fleece / closches

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:56

Metal staples hold fleece very well.  Glue is not sensible and some of them actually "melt" fleece material.  For protecting runner beans, etc., I do as busy said and use clothes pegs to join. 

Hope that helps Sarah and good luck with your students.  Nice to have your question 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:51

Hiya sp-Ade, 

Why do you suppose we "knocked" the company so much?  Just for the devilment of it? 

We try here to help people choose wisely, to deal with companies who provide good service amd to warn about bad service.  If you think we were wrong in that that's perfectly ok.

I was phoned today by a  computer scammer.  she wanted my details after claiming I had a computer  fault.  Is it wrong of me to tell others of this scam?  Would ??ou complain that people like me are putting these scammers  out of business????

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:42

Fire island was a variety on my shopping list.  However it apparently loses its yellow colouring early in summer.  I have some nice yellow variegated varieties that look good all through summer so still looking for that glorious yellow leaf.  And a true blue many, most of them, have a greeny caste to them   

My sure fire way to,keep hostas looking good through to autumn is not to let them flower.  Once flowers form the slugs and snails home in on them.  I have proved this over past few years and where I want the perfect foliage I remove any flower stems.  Where I do want the flowers, ESP when scented, I grow elsewhere.  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:31

Thanks fidget. 

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:27


Can you mound that border a little or slope it towards the grass/slabs?  It would help with drainage.  A mulch of gravel too would help create a dry cushion at the base of those plants.  It would look good too. It would reflect and hold heat. 

Can you,post a picture ?

Forgove me Djjuk, but I can't help but feel you are choosing the wrong plants?  If you grew plants that enjoyed heavy clay soil they would look so much happier and would create less work for you...????


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:11


I cannot grow meconopsis baileyii .  Tried several times and with different techniques like not allowing them to flower in their first year but soil and conditions are not suitable.  There cannot be a better blue than on that Tibetan blue poppy.  Ah well!  That's the beauty of  gardening.....we can all grow different things

Isnt life strange?  A black Peugeot I wanted was suddenly sold mid week but I still arranged to test another.  Then today the salesman told me that car was available oh joy!    Because the would be buyer had a heart attack and was now in hospital and that's sad.  

Today's rain has been horrendous.  Water running off fields, drains spouting water, roads developing holes overnight, roads deemed impassable, ........I've never known quite so much water.  It's dry now but ice is forecast tonight....maybe not just here but those wet roads will simply freeze overnight.   Then storms tomorrow with very high tides, gale force winds and more heavy rain.  Not looking forward to that 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:45

Sounds perfect punkdoc.  Peace, quiet and sanity 

Seriously, I could never trust a car to park itself.  It's the fact that the gadgets are there

Weather is clearing up ...can't wait to get outside 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:41

Yes agree...wise to delay for a few weeks.

I would also apply a thick mulch after pruning too.....after clearing up fallen leaves and foliage.  Help minimise any possible fungal spores.  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:44

Heck, Fairygirl, I forgot about a holder for donuts.   I am a sillee billee 

Hey......this is the cleverness of being Cornish now.....I can use the gear stick to hold a good supply of donuts and beimg very fond of onion rIngs too I can hold these there as well. . I am getting sooo excited now.  

Punkdoc is spot on....gadgets AND a shed.  Vital 

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:35


Firstly I,would not worry too much about spacing...perennials can be lifted and moved anyway if tlook don't look quite right......I often move plants during the growing season amd when young they can be moved easily

You don't  say which salvias.....however I assume the hardy varieties.  They can be divided etc but they don't spread too widely.  

I would put thyme and oregano in pots.  Sage does get biggish quite quickly but regularly cut back will look compact. The purple,is nice.  Tricolour is wonderful. 

Lavendar and echinacea won't occupy too big a space.  

Verbena bonariensis will occupy at least 50 cm by summer 

All of,those plamts like it dryish with good drainage, sharp drainage, so you need to dig in grit, etc to lighten the soil.  Can you mound the soil slightly to encourage drainage? 

If your salvias are blue/purple I would keep well away from lavendar.  They would compete not just in colour but also form, viz., erect, upright.  A mound in between, like thyme,,would create comtrast if you decide not to put in a pot.  

Yes it,is a narrow border.....planting one or two plants in a group of 3 would create a sense of depth.  Bonariensis I would plant at the would break up the heights there.  

Which echinaceas do you want?  

That,you want to plant something on it? 

Your border is reasonably long so 2 bonariensis would break up any "lines" 

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