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Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 19:48

You can buy from garden centres, DIY stores, etc.


Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 19:45

Euonymous Emerald n gold is a favourite of mine.  Has pink red touches to,the leaves in winter but always a lovely feature.  Euonymous aureus is bigger, different.  The former I keep to mounds about 4' high but Aureus I keep "topiarised" to about 7 or 8'.  Also a nice white variegated variety ...Gaiety I think.....with same compact evergreen mounded shape.  More excited landgirl?  

Red Robin problem

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:57

I prune after the new red leaves have turned early summer....but have also  repeated this in mid summer by very lightly snipping back again in the,hope of more red leaves.  


Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:53

Some rain but really quite pleasant for most part.  Long  run.....ok, beach late afternoon and everyone wore bikinis,  ladies too 

Large chunks of sandy coastline down.....this is quite usual after a winter but dramatically so this year after those storms.

Put in an order for few more  tender perennials today and will have some more heleniums in the  spring


Red Robin problem

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:21

Not sure.  Photinias all seem to have spots on them from time to time and regularly lose a lot of leaves, in my experience.  

I lost one red robin to phytopthora.....a separate comdition I'm sure.  I have another that has black, brown spots ESP during the winter.  In spring the new growth however transforms the bush.  So I wouldn't worry too much if your plant generally looks healthy.

Early summer I prune lightly to encourage a further flush of red leaves and this tends to remove most of the tatty old leaves

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:12

How about a holly?  Ilex J C Van Toll is a free berrying sort.   Nice glossy foliage and nice shape.


Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:05

And require different growing conditions.....rudbekias like more moisture and take more shade.  

Cornus alba Sibirica in Containers

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:03

Chicky, midwinter Fire still produces nice orange stems if not coppiced every year.  As you say it doesn't respond too well anyway.  So cutting just cutting a couple of stems to near the base is a good idea.  I also trim the die back in spring to healthy buds.  Die back is quite common on midwinter fire.  A good feed too helps.

Question about Cotinus coggygria regarding pruning

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 17:57

Cut mine back every year. free standing and another leaning/growing against a wall......and they make 7' purple impact by mid summer.  It's a plant to cut hard back, in my opinion, as the foliage colour is dramatically better for it. Ok, no flowers but it's the foliage for me. That growing against the wall is pruned by half way. The free standing one is pruned to  about 2' from the base.

(for colour contrast grow  eucalyptus gunnii next to cotinus)

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 17:51

Can I also suggest a conifer   I'm very fond of, viz., Sulphur Spray, a juniper.  The foliage is greyish blue and forms a nice mound ....mine is about 4' high and 6' across after 15 years or so with annual trimming and sets off perfectly coloured foliaged heathers.  I have a a variety of winter heathers backed by  a naturally conical variegated holly ...golden king.....adds to a nice evergreen low maintenance winter scene I think.  Could this holly occupy your ex fence spot?

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