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Posted: 11/05/2014 at 23:27

Lulu if your soil is alkaline your pink hydrangea is perfect.  It will turn more purple if your soil is acid but no amount of "bluing" will turn it blue.  So feed it,water it and enjoy it 

I wish...........

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 23:20

Hogweed, you sound very nice.  A little blip though of low thinking but that will lift and I hope so.

Lets start with those late summer perennials.  Heleniums, asters,chrysanthemums,,rudbekias, dahlias, sedums, cannas, etc will all provide autumn colour.

Growing perennials and less annuals make life easier  I think.  Hardy geraniums will cut down on the weeding and cover, floriferously, a large area.  

I guess gardening can be energy sapping so maybe just pacing yourself and not worry too fastidiously about it can make it easier.

Just enjoy your garden.  


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 21:07
  1. Ditto Dove.  Pretty sure to plant the salvia.  Thanks  thoughts with Mike for tomorrow. 

Feature Planting

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 21:05

Hiya groundhog, 

Love to have that.  A bright red cascading pelargonium or twowould look good emerging out of the "grill".   Maybe a clematis like Etoile Violette planted at the base and allowed to meander to the top?  A couple of neat galvanised wire clips to assist.

(I remember my old dad offering me a red phone box once and I said no.  Wot a fool!  Worth a fortune now I think!)


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:56

And moisture.  Hydangeas love water, ESP during the growing season. They won't like a poor dry soil.  Get some good stuff in when you plant it Lulu.  And a little shade.

Did it have a label Lulu?  Saying colour etc?  

Hydrangeas are fairly easy to grow and flower given above comditions.  They can grow quite large too  

Is this trying to die?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:50


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:49

A giant gnome fairy?  That's me anyway!  

Miscanthus variegatus MrsG., it's already in that plot.  But great idea 

Struggling to find the right situation for buddleia buzz Ivory too.  I don't like squeezing plants in.....each has to look good and have space enough.    Maybe I just have too many plants.  Noooooooo.  I will get everything in or my name's not Toby Twirl  

Difficult pressured times , exams, Chicky so I wish you all good luck.  




Is this trying to die?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 19:17

Hiya Heather, 

That heavy clay soil of yours is a problem.  Not being the "sunniest in the world" is another.  

Cistus simply wont grow there.  If they survive the summer....if its dry amd hot....the autumn will kill it.  So, prob best to leave them in their pots.  Cuttings are easy.....I would take them in June or July in mpc mixed with perlite.  They will be fine outdoors. I would be inclined to grow these as annuals.  Cuttimgs taken soon will perform next summer. 


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 19:04

All sounding good there MrsG.  

Been busy the garden.  Completing different borders day by day.  Got another helenium in place, salvia uliginosa, a couple of cannas already with huge leaves, etc., but disappointment.   My echinacea Tiki Torch has been eaten by slugs.  My fault, I always...ALWAYS.....delay planting new echinaceas  until they fill a 3 litre pot.   This time I was impatient.  Anyway, it's saved for next year now.  Potted up and will stop it doing anything but grow this year.  

Stumped for plantIng behind a group  of rudbekia goldsturn.  Something to put between Cornus aurea and rudbekias and helenium Moreheim Beauty  to the side. Actea Brunette flanks other side.  Got purple dahlia, salvia Guaranjuato, or leucanthemum Broadway Lights???  Currently a large wallflower is in place but it's demise is imminent 

Picked up a few plants from nearby nursery to add to my burgeoning collection of unplanted plants in pots.  

Showers locally....rained heavily in pemzance, 8 miles away, but here it's been sunny, very warm and dry.  Hope everyone enjoyed his/her day 



Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:44

You can order nematodes but slightly early I think.  

Safe, yes, for animals and us

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