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EU. In or Out?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 18:09

Philippa,,Philippa,,Philippa....the longest day soon . I love this side of it, the planning, planting, the bounty of fruit, veg and flowers to come. Of course, it puts things into perspective. The egypt plane crash does even more so.....horrific

Lupins i a south facing circle in the middle of my garden.

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 18:04

Fishy, I can understand Treza's desire for lupins.  I can grow them....touch wood....and they can look sensational but only for a few weeks.

 Went through many phases...annuals,,delphiniums ....grew about 30 of them all staked all supremely tall and blue.  Then some died to spoil my delphinium wall and after flowering there was only a boring space for most of the summer....dahlias en bloc, etc etc.

now,,with more awareness, I grow varieties of shapes,,sizes and I hope Treza can think again 

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:55

Ah!  That's reassuring bookertoo 

I think we have to laugh about these quirks,,mannerisms,,whatever. I laugh at most things even myself 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:44

B3 I think you may well be right.....many will look to the safe hands we already have..??...and vote to remain.   I think the majority of people are actually frightened esp now the due date is almost here

Smeone mentioned £7 billion as all we would save.  That would put the NHS on its feet, pay for the latest cancer drug that has just been denied to patients and help support the disabled.  "Only £7 billion" 

of course, would the govt use it for these purposes?  I guess not 


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:10

Post a picture please Richard 


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:07

Luke, just let your wallflower be is getting warmer, hopefully drier.  I would not take cuttings from it but it might well recover.

if it does recover look to take cuttings then...maybe 4 weeks or so.  Also look out for replacement plant...they can be cheap...and take cuttings from that

just why your Bowles Mauve now when it has been wet for some time is prob due to it expending energy on flowering

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:55 said it.  glyphosate works.  There is nothing else.  Salt and vinegar very hit and miss and useless on deep rooted weeds.

hands and knees then. Not always easy or practical though and usually leaves an area of bare soil ...even then the weed may grow back again if you haven't got all the root ! 

A flame burner for paths can be effective but needs to be very hot and concentrated.

for me glyphosate is a barely used weedkiller....I use it now and then for dandelions and fhe like...but heavy mulching on borders is very effective

nothing is proven about glyphosate.  It's about being sensible and making choices 

Lupins i a south facing circle in the middle of my garden.

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:36

A circle of lavendar would look great Treza.  

Lupins easily get battered esp when in full flower.  You would need to stake them well.  They are martyrs to aphids and then to snails....they look awful after flowering with mostly tatty leaves so bear this in mind.  Currently one of my lupins is over 3' tall and will be staked before any strong winds arrive.

colour is good but don't throw masses of different colours at it.  

Dwarf evergreen grasses would look good too.....festucas with their evergreen blue leaves and movement.  

dwarf hebes, euonymous emerald and gold, pittosporum Tom Thumb are all sun loving wind resistant and colourful evergreens.  A phormium like Sundowner or Cream Delight would add a focal point of colour too.  

I would also look at hardy blues and whites, veronicas in blues, whites and reds.  Mounds of silver foliage from artemisia powys colour, or convolvulous  cneorum or santolinas would love the sun and wind.  

If you want to ring the changes consider marguerites and cosmos....pinched back to make them sturdy cosmos will flower their socks off until late autumn


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:21

Pinkpenny, photinia is a fickle plant.  A lot of people have had lots of problems with it including me. Eleagnus can be a bit thuggish.  It would be an expensive mistake if you planted photinia for it then to deteriorate and it often does.  I had 3 and they are all gone...ditto a friend of mine.  Similarly with many on the forum. 

yew is the best...not so slow either. gold or green. . Golden privet is lovely...despite being a privet...and lonicera Baggesons Gold is superb.   This is a low maintenance olive coloured turning yellow in summer shrub, easily kept to any size or shape.  

Good luck Pinkpenny 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:12

Excellent Marion.  

I know what you mean about the scents right now too 

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