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Need tall plants for patio

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:06

Hello greyfingers, how about a camellia in a pot?  You can buy them now already about 3' high soon a pot would immediately be 5'

For,themsummer a couple of verbena bonariensis and miscanthus grasses will quickly grow to 5' by mid summer.  Calamagrostis Overdam and Karl Foerster start to grow earlier and will reach 5' by early summer.  Buddleia Davidii too will make a screen by mid summer.

In between I would plant permanent shrubs like holly, viburnum, mahonia, berberis Darwinii, 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:56

KEF, I have tried singing tip toe through the tulips when I am in my funniest mood but it's a hard pitch to reach.  however, I agree it's a real classic number that brings tears to my eyes when I sing it.    Ha ha "

Happy birthday GG.....have lovely day tomorrow.    Do I now get some cake cos you are my favourite person here 

Love to be there Fairygirl in that greenhouse ,   And another fantastic joke 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:50

In reality I think all hostas  are equally susceptible to slug damage. If slugs are there they will attack.

There are a couple of hosta experts here but I do grow pretty good hostas that remain largely undamaged through the season.  I simply would not grow hostas if they were damaged.  My way is to handpick at night.  However, I tend to understand the Valentines day pellet application as I too use pellets sparingly in early spring.....late winter.  In pots copper tape is very effective.  

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:30

Hiya clueless

No I'm fine.  Fairly sheltered I guess.  On a hill.  Sandy soil.  

But signs of damage everywhere around...Roads damaged, muddy water, changes along the coast, roads closed, no railway line linking Cornwall,  etc etc 

Hope you are ok too James 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:24

No,,fidget, I don't think deadheading affects hellebores at all.  I cut flower stems as soon as the colour starts to drain from,the flowers. ,I think this helps further flowers later though.  Also,the hellebores then look compact for the year and good foils for summer flowerers. 

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:18

Ah seaweed!  I used to get large amounts of seaweed and spread it over all parts of my garden.  There is a lot of opinion on using seaweed like this ....that it should be composted.  first etc.   Down here seaweed has been heavily applied to gardens as a routline.  It does a number of things......it is excellent as a soil conditioner, it is an excellent slug deterrent (partly because of its saltiness) and it helps sandy soils hold moisture and breaks up heavy soils.

I apply it in autumn and by spring it will have broken down and all the salt washed away.  

So, I would not compost it before using it....even at this time of year.  

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:37

Hello Order in the border

I would mix it as and when with grass mowings and all the rest in the compost heap and turn it a few times during the summer. If you have a runner bean trench ??ou could  put it at the bottom in the autumn.  I would not do this now though with spring just around the corner

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:32

KEF, you like to hear of new purchases?  I bought some crispy rolls, newspaper, eggs, luxury cheesecake, and crumpets today.  

Mrs G thanks, spike is fine.  This weather doesn't bother him as long as he gets his exercise.

All this  talk of quality music I'm a big fan of the Ying Tong song.   So melodic and soulful 

Lovely here now 

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 09:06

I have a  pair of secateurs from poundland.  They are in immaculate comdition and in a lovely colour.  Will exchange though for new pair of felcos.  

Did you know?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 09:04

Hiya Mike

Interesting post.  It's good to have some deeper thoughts sometimes here on the forum

Roses are not for me.  If I could grow them WELL then I am sure I would enjoy them with a passion.  However, over the years I have been surprised by people who seemingly are not "gardeners" or have little theoretical knowledge of the subject who simply take cuttings and "stick" them in the ground at almost any time of year with great success. 

Sometimes we over think pruning, propagation,planting techniques, feeding etc. yet plants offen don't want us to mollycoddle them.    We....I guess I for one......strive for the perfect plant but nature isnt like that 

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Drat........

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