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Reclaiming the cost of some mail order plants

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 17:12


Can't do rhyme for a while

but I like your style 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:31

First thought Penny, are you sowng too deep?  Small seed need light covering only of soil 

Hardy Border plants ideas

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 12:09

Elaine, narrow to say the least.

plants like osteospermum....the hardier Tresco Purple and Cannimgton Roy will cascade and flower all summer.  Take cuttings to ensure you have replacement plants should a hard winter hit them.

nepeta?  It will form a mound of semi evergreen foliage that will also cascade.  Blue flowers all summer, easy, tough and attractive.  A good alternative to lavendar.  Lavendad would grow there but not cascade.

helianthemums...sun roses?  Evergreen with flowers of white,,pink, yellow, orange and red with allshades in between.  

Aubretias, perennial alyssum, arabis, erigeron would all grow there. 

Check out comvolvulous cneorum too.....beautiful velvety silver foliage all year round with pure white summer flowers. 

Grasses too......carex buchanii is an evergreen upright neat foxy red grass; carex Bronze Form is similar but has a delightful mounded habit.  Stipa tennuissima is a small evergreen grass with billowing beige white flowers in summer.  Not a grass but looks like one is Libertia Taupa.....a small evergreen olive coloured plant with shades of red and orange and small white flowers

A taller growing thyme..Silver Posie, is a silvery grey evergreen with pink flowers in spring and summer.

a combination of the above will give interest all year round, a variety of shapes and forms and masses of colour 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 11:50

Hiya treaduk

I had many chats with the guy (nursery in Cornwall) who keeps winning gold medals at Chelsea.  Moved slightly further away now alas.  He grew huge specimens and had them for sale outside overlooking St Michael's Mount so exposed to salt winds.

I grow a dwarf form of elegia tectorum and do so in a pot with a saucer to hold moisture.  I intend to plant it out but still deciding on "perfect" spot.  Had it for 2 years or so.  

My variety is supposedly hardier than most but all grow well here in Cornwall.

I like restios but my soil, being pretty near the coast, is not ideal for them so I need to site them well or pot them.  If I remember Rhodocoma capensis is one I considered but is slightly taller. 

Ideally restios seem to prefer acid heavier soil but think they are adaptable; sun or shelter is ok.  Mine is in a relatively sunny spot and will be a vertical feature over a couple of hostas in pots (now growing well)

a more delicate option to bamboo  

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:15


Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:14

Me too Tetley.......

i would have thought the more open discussion the better and time is running out.  

Who know's enough right now? 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:05

Better whisper this.........I'm beginning to like the new format.  Edit and other functions incorporated and I will be satisfied 

Fairygirl.....I'm perfect all the time but I don't find me boring 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:00

My marguerites are now growing outside....emmapynn I suspect 2 things.  Too hot and too much water.  I would guess it is in a small pot too making it rootbound???

in my experience, marguerites are fast growers and need regular potting on to avoid root congestion and keep growth rate high.

they are potted quickly from 9cm to at least 2 litre before planted outside.  I always remove buds as well as pinching out.  even at planting out time I remove every bud......this then encourages plants to establish well.  New buds soon form but on bushier plants 

Advice needed

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:52

Renata, the most important thing for astilbes is MOISTURE.

astilbes will hate being dry.  Given moisture they will thrive even in full sun.  Ideally partial shade because sunshine brings out the best flowers so a good compromise is called for.  

My astilbes are all pretty big growing in a sunny garden but with good deep rich soil.....generously mixed in compost, pelleted chicken manure and dried farmyard manure.  I water in hot dry periods. 

Of course,,the more sun the drier the soil but there are other factors too...soil, drainage, exposure, etc.

you can plant astilbes so they "show" well now....superb spring foliage and early summer flowers......but allow taller, later perennials to grow up in front to afford some protection from hot sun.  For example, aster Frikartii Monch, tall lobelias, anthemis Mrs Buxton, etc.etc.,   I do the same with hellebores.

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:40

Morning Pat...oh yes!  Still here.  Our  temperatures are catching up with yours in aussieland now 

aym, I'll haggle and you can pay...ha ha 

Clari, absolutely spot on.  Never feel embarrassed to get money off 

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