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Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:09

Rain right now but brightening up and dry, even sunny, weather coming.  Will send some to Emgland if you're good folks 

Decided to replace my dead Acer with helenium.  Prob a red/brown one.  Not quite a similar replacement but think it will look good with plants already there and to go there.   

Its a difficult time of year, isn't it?  Keenness to get out there...planting, sowing, etc....but a few more days delay will prob be better. 

Got plants coming tomorrow.....echinaceas and add to my burgeoning  stock of plants in pots waiting to go out.  

Hope everyone is well 

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:20

I have a few busy guinea type...that I won't need to buy this year.  Took cuttings in autumn and they are now ready for potting on.

Easily rooted in water but better in compost I think.  They more readily adapt to beiNg potted then.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:14

Hiya Potters.  Nice to see you here 

Warm welcome too to Mikey 

shrubs for shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:13

Your remit is for mid to late summer flowering, yellow,,white or pale flowers.  Shade.

Hypericum hidcote would fit. There are some dwarf white hydrangeas too.  Some nice white and pink astrantias...jumble hole for example flowers all summer.  Anemone wild swan will flower from late summer until autumn.  Coreopsis varieties too.  

Abelia Comfetti has nice white flowers and subtle vsriegated foliage on a compact,evergreen shrub.

Potentilla princess has pale pink flowers and a pale yellow,variety I also grow called Elizaneth are worth considering


casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:01


Depends on what you actually want to plant there if you dig in manure and how much. I would cut those stumps down to ground level......put sbk on them and cover with soil.

I would also try to remove as much root from those stumps as ??ou can.....saw, secateurs, etc.  Domt suppose you can lever those stumps, can ??ou?  I often find that with side roots removed the trunks will move.  Great if you can.  If not, can you use a pick to dig as deep as poss around those trunks?  Ive used cannas, for example, in someone's garden to cover  gaps like that for a year or three.  Chipping away at the  rotting stumps each autumn. You can disguise where those stumps are.

So, what is the plantImg plan?  


Buried Treasure!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:52

Oh no!   I was only dreaming 

Buried Treasure!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:51

I found a metal box with several hundred thousand pounds in it.  Couldn't believe my luck 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:47

Ha ha dove    I can sense your keenness from here 

Oh, just occurred too.  Carex testacea ....lovely waving olive grass, ok, sedge.  Would complement bronze, gold,,brown etc


Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:41

Yes I think the wet weather has taken a toll on your rosemary Peanuts.  Just too much for too long.  Hopefully dry sunny weather will change it's fortunes.  We will all see a casualty or two because of the constant rain over winter. 

You won't need male and female rosemary  but there are some  very good cultivars out there ...Severn Sea has bright blue flowers, for example, so you dont have to put up with those old insipid flowers we all often see.  I grow Severn sea plus another that I had cuttings from and they look good as flowering plants.

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:32

Ok, not a photo person...too much....but will publish one of Coppershine.  It will be at its best mid spring I guess.  Agree it's not readily available now is it?  Cant remember where I got it but it's a few years old now.   I will have to propagate it and sell it to make my fortune   I trim it at summer's end so it averages 4' high and 5' across 

Scroggin, yes, acteas can grow in the sun but then need good moisture retentive soil or those lovely coloured leaves will crisp and curl.  I make sure my acteas receive top up of water too now and then

Dove, frikartii monch, verbena rigida, even geranium rozanne in front of Cornus aurea?   Better still geranium black beauty.....almost black foliage, mound forming (so 3) and gentian blue flowers in summer.  For a bit more corneyness how about hackonochloa next to black beauty? 

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