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aubretia and vinca

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:59


test your soil...find out if its acid or alkaline. You will then know what will grow for you.

Get a framework in of evergreens.  Select them for appeal at different times of year.  There are shrubs to flower in winter too many of which are scented. 

Think of shapes too to give some structure all year round

For summer this year get some annuals in.  

Look at perennials that do something both early and very late in the year as well as in spring and mid summer.


What's flowering in your garden today?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:52

Exciting time of year folks 

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:50

Outdoor girl, were tney plugs?  Plugs better potted up to grow little more first.  Plugs planted straight into the garden will struggle.  

yes, patience now


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:48

beautifully warm.  The odd sharp short shower now and then.  Astrantia superstar in and transplanted astilbe vesuvius.  

Old friend turned up........helped himself to my biscuits  but good to see him . Stopped me gardening  but catching up now 


Is this an Astrantia?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:43

Dont let it dry out Rosie or you will lose it.  

What's flowering in your garden today?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 11:25

Lupins, osteospermums, violas, brunneras, camelias, rhodomamd azaleas, choisya, corydallis, astilbes, argyranthemums, hardy geraniums, astrantias, clematis montana,, clematis ville de lyon  etc., , lysimachia bougelais, foxgloves, some salvias (amistad, microphyllas), tiarellas, heucherellas, campanula birch hybrid, aubretia, pelargoniums (outside and indoors) helianthemums, arabis, dicentras,,hyacinths,,tulips, lithodoras, senettii, scabious butterfly blue and pink mist, baptisia, dephiniums, euphorbia polychroma, dwarf hebes, heathers, dandelions..., verbena rigida, potentillas, anthemis (dwarf white but name escapes me right now), pears, apples, blueberries, tomatoes, etc..,    Many cut back now....hellebores, forsythias,  etc., but loads to,open any day like echinaceas.  

Cornwall is alive with colour folks 

aubretia and vinca

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:03

We are all learning Matt.  

Just be careful with any weedkiller....any chemical .....that spray doesn't drift onto anything other than your targetted weed.  And use a separate watering can just for weedkiller.  Mine is labelled with red paint....I once damaged tomato plants because there was a residue of weedkiller used elsewhere remaining in the can.

Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 22:28

Difficult Tim.  I did hear something about this but if you are correct we need to ban it here too. 

it such a useful tool in the garden and in some cases an almost essential one. 

aubretia and vinca

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 22:22

Matt, you clearly have hit your aubretia with your lawn feed and weed. its likely you have killed them but just leave them alone and see if they recover. ,nothing you can do for them now.  

Your lawn trestment is designed to kill broadleaf plants...aubretia is such.  Be wary in future that you do not allow lawn trestments to touch your garden plants

Salvia Amistad

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 22:15

Mine, cuttings from last autumn, were all pinched back twice.  yes, flowers too. My one overwintered in the ground plant has been cut to the ground because they are so vigorous .

So....Bizzybee.  Pinch them out now...2' tall and still in the greenhouse?  .....and put them outside to start hardening them off. They are good size so not far from planting out.  You can get them planted out by weekend and fish blood and bone tickled in will be all that is needed

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