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Any suggestions for a small tree for a border?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:24


Check out prunus cistena crimson dwarf.  This is a small shrub offen sold as a half standard. 

I have a couple in my garden and currently they are foliage and small pinky white flowers create aN eye catching picture.  I love this plant.  It retains its red foliage throughout the growing season and is nest and compact.  it does not drop loads of leaves and should look great nest a pool. 

Lots of plants go well with it......geranium rocarpet provides a blue summer carpet in front of it.  Caryopteris, aster frikartii monch, blue veronicas, etc also provide that blue association.  Silver plants like artemisia Powys castle, santolinas, helichrysum (curry plant) and fuschia genii too, with its yellow foliage and red summer flowers, looks good with it too.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:15

Then a soapy spray, ideally using a pressure jet sprayer, will do the job.  

crocus for plug plants?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:13

Brookside plants are excellent for plugs.  

When buying plugs I go for early as possible. Left  too some suppliers do.....they have a lot of catching up to do.  

Agree with advice to pot up asap.  Plugs will grow away fast and you will need to pot up again to,produce good size plants to put into garden.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:08

Morning supernooodle

Soap sprays are effective. Domt like usIng powerful chemicals for aphids.  If not squeamish you could simply squash and wash them off. 

I went out late last night to check on slugs and snails and was surprised by their numbers cos I havent actually seen much damage anywhere.  I usually start  this "murderous" activity earlier.  

So, control pests ASAP, snoopernoodle whether aphids or slugs 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:03

Hello everyone

Beautiful morning here...stunning

Stacey, I had a 10'.....actually 12' ....pool on front lawn few years back.  Great fun.....messed lawn when emptied though.    It's all about FUN....and memories  Those heleniums need some moisture but not swimming pool 

Lovely pictures Potty.    Meant to post my hellebores but now cutting them back....never think to post pics but promised I would with agastaches later.

Got a group  of Imperata red baron to plant out today....already have some and love this grass.  They will go  behind hackonechloa  which is already looking good.  A simgle, but large, blue lupin will add colour behind in a few weeks.   Dicentra Alba is there too.  This is a lowish maintenance area really dominated by lots of hellebores but when cut back heleniums, acteas, grasses, foxgloves, veronicastrums, astilbes, geum tamgerine dreams, astrantias, and others fill in.  

Phew!  I've got myself keen to get out there now but dog walk first.  

To Fleece or Not To Fleece

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 22:24

Hiya newboy

Fleece carrots for fly and for initial protection until germination....used this today

Fleece for peas for pea moth at flowering time

Fleece for spring onions when sown until germination

Fleece for runner bean plants when cold

Digging up large roots systems

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 22:17

Hiya Foodie

I think you will be ok.  Deep loose roots will likely die on hemerocallis.  I've never found a problem with moving and digging them up and roots left behind growing.  

Plant addiction

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 09:13

Morning Hester

I don't grow many annuals.....just odd few for containers.

However, I have seen so many gardens given over entirely to annuals and they look fantastic.  There is no denying the pleasure during the summer of a garden in full glorious colour because of annuals

For me though, annuals lack structure and's just colour and often all at the same height.  Perennials add so much more to a garden and actually are a more economical option to annuals


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 09:00

Chicky, I too received a clematis from Taylors.  Agree excellent value.  Should add Taylor's to the "good guys" thread 

Oh!  Whoever lay on that "cushion" last night should know it was a bag of dried manure I forgot to clear out.  

Bit of Fun,/Brain-tease

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 08:55


Not quite sure what's required here buf your son sounds BRILLIANT.   I like him already...ha ha.  

Cos my brain is not in gear yet can I start off with apple mint, asparagus, aubergine, borage, Beetroot, carrot, chard, coriander, ....

Sorry, gardenjeannie if I have missed the plot here so will read this thread later.  

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