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Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:57

Been a cracker of a day here.  Storms!  What storms? 

Beginning to get the urge to garden......  Planning a few adjustments to plantIng

towans woody......twang!

Thanks KEF, yes spike and I enjoyed walk/run to the beach after my stint at the foodbank.  Still enough light......hey!  the days are getting longer now.  



Caring for Skimmia japonica

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:46

....and add another variety too to encourage pollination.  Ideally a hermaphrodite form with flowers and berries.  Not too much direct sun and not too alkaline 

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:44

Get some winter heathers in there.....carnea and darleyensis varieties.  They come in a variety of foliage colours and flower in mid winter to late put in at last 3 varieties of the same or, ideally, 5 or more, to make a glorious evergreen undulating carpet.  Add a conifer like Taxus aurea or Standishii.  .  Can you add a couple of helleborus orientallis and helleborus corsicus?  And dig in some mushroom compost at planting time.  Add a "grass" like carex buchanii an evergreen foxy red upright then fountain like appearance.  Get a euphorbia like rubra......purple black foliage and yellow flowers in spring....or a variegated variety in there.  


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:55

The weather here today is superb.  Lovely and sunny.  Spike has enjoyed his runs on the Towans the  Must be at least 13 degrees 

Just had a quick check on the forum and noticed some keen newcomers lately.  That's nice.

Off to the foodbank now

Keep warm and safe folks 

Cornus alba Sibirica in Containers

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:50

Welcome Charlie

I agree with Busy......Cornus will not really like it in a pot and if it doesn't like it it will look poorly.

Choisya sundance is a lovely yellow leaved fragrant bush that would grow in a container.  If you wanted a red "stemmed" plant instead of a Cornus how about a red Phormium?  however, there is a variety of Cornus that may do well in a pot.....a red/orange stemmed one called Winter Fire.  It's a weaker growing sort that did not grow well for me in the ground so I resorted to plantIng it in a pot.  I used a John Innes compost and kept plant fairly moist.  

I can sense your enthusiasm Charlie.  I'm still a bit like that myself 

creating a flower border

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:39

Hiya rubber, just noticed this thread

I would plant a honeysuckle on that wall.....prob two different varieties.  Think,of,the scent. 

A metre deep is not a lot so I wouldn't cram a lot of different things in groups of threes I think

I would also plant brunnera hadspen cream....beautiful forget me not blue flowers in spring and early summer, a hardy geranium called Margaret Wilson for its almost white foliage, ophiopogon a black grass like plant, and a favourite grass of mine called hackonechloa, ESP if you can dig in some goodness too for it.  Bowles golden grass is a lovely yellow grass that will associate well with Heucheras there.  There are some well behaved carex too with foliage colours ranging from red to yellow to almost white. Another grass that lights up the late winter until mid summer is Arrhenatherum bulbosum...........variegated foliage with a clean white vertical look.  Check it out.  Euonymous emerald n gold is a superb evergreen compact shrub for all year round impact.  Two other shrubs worth considering are sarcoccoca ...sweet box for its wonderful winter scent and daphne odora aureomarginata for it's lovely foliage and perfume in spring.

I would add daffodils there too,,of course.   


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 08:58

Hello forkers

What a the early hours tremendous thunder and lightning storms.  More heavy rain.  Now, however, all is calm and sunny.



Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:57

Stacey, Brunette is superb.    Makes great architectural feature with its bronze leaves and then those scented flowers in late summer.  However, check out sizes of plants from hayloft and compare with other suppliers!  You can get them in 2 or 3 litre pots elsewhere.

And black negligee with very dark foliage.  Pink spike too.  James Compton.  Do I not like acteas???? 



Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:45

Check out brunneras, aconitums,tiarellas, grasses like acorus, Bowles golden grass, hackonochloa, acteas, Arum lilies..... could go,on and on.......


Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:15

Hiya Matty.  

Thinkimg about seeds?  Well spring is just around the corner.

Lots of damage around because of the waves......harbour walls collapsed, beach closed, homes and businesses flooded.  Worst for many years.  Someone drowned, another missing and another who walked into the sea (suicide it seems).  Not a great start for 2014. Mild though...prob 13 degrees but doesn't feel like it.  

However, plants are growing apace.  Well, it's not been cold, has it?  Feel the urge to plant's been dryish and sunny ish today.  


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