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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:54

She has a short day at college next week and I will be going into the police station with her if no follow up.  I have had some experiences with the police......had a friend who was in the police and we used to meet up at the station. Also my  ex bro in law is a detective locally.  I've not been very impressed with either their industriousness or their desire to solve crime.  .....

As my niece said, she pays council tax and this is made up of a police precept too.  

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:46

Blairs I know what you say is correct.   It's a difficult situation for most plants. 

Two things.

.....I dug up Dryopteris The King few years back and neglected it by leaving it unplanted on the top of lid on one of my compost containers (shady, dry) then noticed it doing very well in its first summer....prob growing 3 or 4' .  It is still there and It still looks fine. I always try to plant things where, in theory, they will thrive. (I hate unhappy looking plants)  at some time I will plant this fern in its ideal place...viz., in some good soil with moisture.  

Second thing......a neighbour has a Leylandii  castlewellan  gold hedge some 10 ' high and wanted something to grow on the shady and dry/parched side.  I suggested hemerocallis that grow reasonably well there albeit  with limited flowers.  He also grows Dryopteris in between ......soil was enriched before planting. Last I saw it was doing fine 

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:19

Nice long list Emma 

Aster novi-belgii 'Bahamas'

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:10

Oh yes dove!  Forgot that .......in a bucket for 30 minutes 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:01

Hello forkers

Wet amd warm here.  

My niece rang me in the early hours.  Caught someone trying to break in.  She recognised him as someone she knew at school couple of years back. She shouted  at him and he fell off the roof and hobbled off. .police were called.  Not arrived when I just checked. When have the police ever responded?   That's when a catapult is useful. 

 

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 08:52

Dryopteris is a classy fern that will grow on dry shade.  I have grown one for years in dry spot. Check it out

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 00:35

Astilbes need moisture and at least some shade. Can't see,your pictures.  

On the sunny dry  border consider grasses.  Easy good looking plants like stipa Tennuissima provide colour all summer.  And if you provide some "mounds" to provide comtrast, like thymus Silver Posie. (beautiful silvery/grey foliage with pnk flowers) and some winter flowering heathers ( like Ann Sparkes which has dark orange/red foliage and red flowers) you will have an attractive, easy border.

Aster novi-belgii 'Bahamas'

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 00:23

I would do more than that matt.  I would dig it up and loosen those roots.  Unwind them and spread them out.  Before replanting dig in plenty of compost, dried manure, etc and water well.  Can you give it a slightly less sunny spot too?

Mildew is a regular problem with most asters and you can apply a fungicide but if you can provide a humous rich, moisture retentive soil the risk of powdery mildew is greatly reduced.  There are a couple of asters that do not get mildew, viz., little Carlow and Frikartii Monch.  These are much better, longer flowerimg asters too.  

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 00:03

Bergenias would grow well,there....some have burgundy coloured leaves and vivid flowers  in spring.  Pulmonarias, yes, ESP those with white/ silvery leaves.  try liriopes too....evergreen grass like plants with purple spikes right now.  there are hardy geraniums that would fit the bill.

Ferns come in a large range so check them out carefully. Consider grassss too.  Festucas, stipa Tennuissima, etc.  

Consider tulbaghia too.  They  have fantastic silver blue foliage topped with pink flowers in summer.

Loads you could consider for that spot.

 

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 22:17

Sorry star gaze lily.

Shall we pursue this on Lily's thread folks?  

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