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How to plant Crocosmia

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 21:12

Quickly........potted up and your plant will be bigger and better than if you didnt Hefty.  


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 21:08

How can I Jo?

 But, please, start from 100,000 years ago and tell me what you know and read from your starting date.   You see, Jo, that's my point 

I DO deny climate change.  Many experts do too. If one expert claims something and another claims something else and you are sat between them, who do you believe and why?  

anyway, I sense treading on sensitive toes and a lager or two is calling.......


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:47

And over the years have died because of them too Punkdoc.  The sort of experts that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction perhaps! 

the experts I referred to (clearly) are those with a profound sense of self importance not doctors, not firefighters, not the soldiers (themselves respected experts in defence of our country) but people who do nothing more than spout gibberish. The price for such gibberishness is paid by ordinary people trying to live their lives.    I have time and time again for experts who actually improve our lives.

As far as climate change is concerned just look back over recent years and read the comments made.  

i am outspoken in life as well as in print.......proved useful to me and to many others....and never feel lesser because of it.  

anyway......good to get a reaction.  

The Fairy Family Holiday

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 19:53

Lovely pictures Fairy. Stunning 

Slightly tender plants in beds - mulching help

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 19:47

Fireworks is tender supernoodle.   Veey,,very difficult to keep over winter.  Even down here I fail in most years.  A minimum of 4 degrees and to keep them growing if I recall correctly.  Best regarded as annuals really 

Again,,dahlias are pretty reliable in the ground except in the coldest or wettest places.


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 19:41

Forecasting a bad winter?  This week an"expert" said we will have drier and cooler summers.  They previously said hotter summers.  Experts always forecast what we are already experiencing and reliably constantly change their minds to suit what is happening.

I do not believe climate change is taking place.  I do believe "experts" are on top salaries to protect their interests and often they are quite stupid people.  Yes, well educated but lacking common sense and wisdom.    Let nobody ridicule my views.....nobody really knows anything.  Just the cliched replies recycled from the newspapers.  There are few comedies to rival experts in discussion.  I remember Muhammad Ali tying a group of academics in knots on a US UK tv transmission.

we recently had a weather forecast for Sunday gone......heavy rain all day.  A charity organizer paid £35 for an hour by hour forecast.  The day was sunny and dry all day.  The organizer was furious as his event was cancelled. The met guys ...the "experts" ......offered an explanation.  We, the non experts, believed not a word.  

Beautiful day here today. the " experts" would claim it was because of climate change .

Slightly tender plants in beds - mulching help

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:45

Supernoodle, which pennisetum grass?  Some are tough.  Some are not.  You need to be a little careful with a cloche over winter.  Not great if winter is mild.....try to avoid encouraging growth in winter.  

Verbena bonanseris cuttings - can they go out into the border?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:42

Lyn, yes agree with you.  I do it too but pinch back next spring too a couple of times 

Double wall raised bed?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:40

Nice wall Tetley 

Sheila, I would go for a minimum 60 cm gap but 90 cm will give you so much more scope. 

All the cascading stuff like aubretia,,helianthemum, arabis,,etc.  if you have a reasonable amount of sun comvolvulous cneorum is lovely.  Also one I grow called comvulvulous maritima.....hanging velvety purple flowers all summer long. You could throw a fleece over it in winter.  Osteospermums too...take cuttings to provide replacements. Thyme like Silver Posie which is a taller as well as spreading variety with silver/grey foliage and pink flowers. Prostrate rosemary...go to a specialist for best blue ones.  Nepeta too for blue.  Hypericum polyphyllum is an evergreen small...about 25 cm....upright plant with dainty yellow flowers.  How about perennial wallflowers?  Gauras?  Some gentians?  Pinks...the cheddar mound forming ones too? Armerias...there are white flowered varieties too?  Anemone blanda for spring?   Pop aeoniums there in late spring.  Grasses like festuca and stipa tennuissima.  Silver plants like artemisia powys castle and santolinas.  Penstemons would prob grow there too As well as sedums.  And,,pinky red and white.  Campanulas.  Some of fhe smaller phormiums like Dazzler.   a plant I like very much is anisdontea.......delightful shrubby reddish flowers.  

Some of the smaller hebes, pittosporum tom thumb, eryngiums, heucheras, too.  Comsider a variegated iris....pallida variegated.  Lovely blue/white clean foliage and it flowers too.  For similar spikey but evergreen foliage check out libertias...some lovely olive/ orange/copper leaf colours

oops!  Better give someone else a go! 

Double wall raised bed?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:40

Didnt see the last lot of photos Tetley....wall is fantastic.  Not sure I have seen a better one anywhere 

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