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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 a bucket for 30 minutes 


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?  

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:35

Know what you mean nut.  They need good soil, ideally not too limey, shelter from strong sun and strong,cold winds. Frost can spoil the leaves too.   Not easy but if you can provide that they are lovely shrubs.  Red berries, scented white flowers in spring.....nice.  

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:24

Skimmia Sara.  I have a few and in the spring they are a bee magnet

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