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After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:11

Nut.....I LOVE yellows.  Can't overdo it for me!  But throw in purple shrubs too, blue flowers and you have a delight.  (yellow foliage is often a softer yellow too )

After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:08

Hiya Paul

Yellow shrubs I like are hypericum hidcote ..bright yellow flowers all summer...Potentillas which have pale, mid and elbow yellow flowers.  Coronilla glauca has yellow flowers often throughout the year.  Mahonias for winter yellow flowers.  Yellow dahlias,,rudbekias, argyranthemums, yellow hemerocallis,etc....there are masses of,yellow flowerimg plants.

In between, to set off these yellow flowers, blue shrubs like caryopteris, ceratostigma, ceanothus,lavendars, and blue perennials like aster little Carlow and frikartii monch, blue agastaches, blue hardy geraniums, blue lupins,delphiniums, etc.  I would add orange flowers too (for yellow,,blue amd orange scheme) like geum Totally Tangerine, echinacea Marmalade, orange gazanias, heleniums like moerheim beauty, and the like.

Some evergreen yellow shrubs like choisya sundance, yellow grasses like Bowles golden grass and low yellow mounds like campanula dicksons gold (which has blue flowers atop evergreen mounds) 

A yellow andBblue border with dots of orange would look great 

Talkback: How to grow peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:11

I grow the dwarf early types.  Have a batch sown indoors already and when they are 2" or so high I will plant out in the garden under a double fleece.  (simply to,protect from birds etc. 

Tried the drainpipe method but it's not best way for me.  Peas do transplant ...for me...without any hiccup. Mangetout etc sown and grown same way.  I use short bamboo canes, maybe 3' long, with string as supports.  I cover peas when flowering with fleece to deter,the pea moth.

I eat and eat and eat peas for weeks on end in early summer.  Delicious, sweet and healthy 

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:04

Experimenting all the time too Nut.  It's how we learn and push boundaries.

However, mike is correct about basics but scientists get it so wrong so often.  They see what they want to see, make excuses when their results fail and simply deny they can and do make mistakes.  Growing things is a very basic simple thing....not a science thing.  Understand your plant's needs and it will respond if you provide those needs 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:57

Fighting.......again?  Dove 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:52


Grey quiet warmish morning.  Feels springlike though 

Will decide today on which extra plants to order.

Not much time for gardening but I go mad when I do.....clearing one bed yesterday, the last of,the dogwoods and grasses cut down, few weeds removed and generally tidying up for the new growth.  A scattering of fertiliser too.  

Warming up nicely

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 23:18

For beds fish blood and bone, as Tracey says, well mixed into the soil.  In containers I too would go for top dressing with dried manure and a weekly dilute feed of seaweed spray and a high potash feed like phostrogen

What plants go well with lupins?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:53

Hiya greyfingers

Well I do a couple of things.  Firstly I dig up one or two and divide them after flowering cos they don't  look exactly the best then.  I cut them down anyway and plant summer perennials as companions.  

Plants like aster frikartii monch, rudbekias, dahlias, heleniums, echinaceas, etc etc etc but shrubs like caryopteris and spirea gold flame etc etc and grasses like pennisetuims, Imperata red baron, elymus magellanicus, miscanthus varieties like morning light and stipa Tennuissima amd hordeum jubatum would happily co-exist amd set off (disguise) the fading summer foliage of lupins.  From early spring to mid summer lupins look good both in foliage and in flower but thereafter all the above will create a great show

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:39

Perhaps you have enriched a little too much peanuts.  Hardy geraniums really don't like it too rich.

Did you plant out as,small,roots?  They often don't make it or at least struggle.  I would  pot up or purchase potted plants.  Wargrave pink is an old trusty variety that I grow in a dry sunny....even poor..situation.  Rozanne too in ordinary soil.  

I grow several varieties....Elke, Melinda, Patricia, Russell,Pritchard, Tanya rendell, etc etc etc. and all grow in ordinary to poor soil. I also think your soil may be too wet.  

I really  don't think ants are a problem.  


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:21

KEF, dont let them get to you.  If you enjoy a drink or two or three it's nobody elses's business.  Hic hic ....cheers 

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