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Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 22:10


mahonia is fantastic.........mine has  architectural foliage and scented yellow flowers when few others are about.

however, annual pruning is essential.  Without that they look gangly,,awkward and ungainly

check out mahonia soft might change your mind 


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 21:20

Fleecing carrots is fine for deterring carrot fly but if carrots are sown in same site or even nearby no amount of fleecing will prevent infestation.  

A combination of nematodes after first carrot thinning and fleece should be effective.  The fleece needs to be tightly pinned though.

Row of Laylandi dying - Why

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 21:12

Oh yes, leylandii can live for a very lomg time but usually those untrimmed.  Then they grow to a 100 feet with ugly bare trunks

"manicured" leylandii however can and do suffer.  A Castlewellan Gold hedge planted 18 years or so ago...I helped.....has been deteriorating over past 3 years and now removed.  

Like so many plantings disease can build up and regular pruning can have an affect.  many conifers are susceptible to browning for a number of reasons...often grown in the wrong places or not fed.   

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:42 least when not grown well. Most I see are covered in disease or mishapen or not pruned correctly.

Dont like aquilegias either. 

but heathers,,hosta, are great.  I grow a few winter varieties.....coloured foliage all year round and winter flowers.  The opposite of those sores....oops!  a spontaneous anagram of roses.  

Dont like annuals in the garden....they have no place in fhe perennial border. hemerocallis not a favourite either except for pale yellow and variegated varieties.  Large flowered begonias are a big  turn off too.  Bamboos and banana plants (they always look tatty and battered) and many euphorbias are weedy.  Yuccas, pampas and coleus ....noooooo 

like foliage, grasses, tender perennials....too many to list.

my tastes have changed though...kniphofias, for example. were always ugly to me but plant them where their foliage is obscured by other plants and they are quite stunning.  So learning how to best grow plants can determine if they are good looking or ugly.

any plant not grown well.....for exqmple, if hostas cannot be grown without slug damage why grow them?  Shrubs not flowering well because of incorrect pruning look awful.  


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:51

All greek to me 

.........look, hydrangeas like, need and want WATER 

Hebe Recommendations Please

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:46

Meomye, don't currently have any purple hebes but the best for me is Mrs Winder.  

Lots and lots of new varieties are there now but their hardyness is suspect I think.  

Mrs have whetted my appetite for her again tough, about 120 cm tall and remarkable purple foliage esp over winter.  

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:36

 yep...lawn needs cutting.  later 

storing plants in winter

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 12:29

Hello Catherine

can you rig up a polythene cloche....sort used for veg?  You will meed to protect some plants and certainly cuttings

I protect plants with a,home made polytunnel.........plastic water tubing cut to length, could be 8 to 10', short bamboo ends pushed into the soil and a sheet of polythene over the hoops.  Not expensive.  Not difficult.  But works well.  Some garden fleece draped over the more tender plants during the coldest parts of winter.  


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 12:23

Was slightly  more overcast but sunshine now here 

Bought 60 bare root wallflowers from local gc this morning..........they are just as good as my own and more comvenient.  Planted out in veg patch for a few weeks where they will bulk up quickly.  They always make large individual specimens

Whilst at gc some white cyclamen fell into my basket 

weekend weather sounds awful....wind and rain 


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 07:31

Hello forkers........glorious walk to the beach in brilliant sumshine 

anothee couple of days but weekend heralds rain........! Will plant out wallflowers this morning to grow on in good soil for 6 to 8 weeks

echibeckias are flowerimg now...cut them back when I received them 5 weeks or so ago.  

Enjoy the day folks 

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