Verdun


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When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 20:44

My (dear old) grandmother (far removed from me "class wise") lectured us as kids on "may", "can" and all sorts of weird and wonderful ways in which we should speak.  When she did it to my not so well educated friends it made me cringe and I realised she was simply a SNOB.  She corrected people because she COULD. 

Now I have no time for such people and I lose no time in saying so.  No patience whatsoever with those I consider have no respect for people "beneath them" .  

 

Primroses

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 19:06

Divide and pot up or plant out 

Primroses

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:10

Nick, they can flower from winter to late spring.  Maybe to early summer.  I would say mid summer to early autumn is only time when they don't flower when they go into their dormant stage 

Any ideas what I can plant in this space - help!

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:43

My advice was so good it published twice ()

Any ideas what I can plant in this space - help!

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:43

Following Hazel's (most excellent) advice knautia Thunder and Lightning is a showy performer Pash.  However, in that border would you prefer a low maintenance evergreen there?  For economy and all year round interest lavendar takes some beating not to mention the scent in summer 

Any ideas what I can plant in this space - help!

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:42

Following Hazel's (most excellent) advice knautia Thunder and Lightning is a showy performer Pash.  However, in that border would you prefer a low maintenance evergreen there?  For economy and all year round interest lavendad takes some beating not to mention the scent in summer 

White or cream gerbera

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:37

Yes I checked Prim.  Right now neither cream nor white seem available anywhere. I have 2 ....sorry, one is white  the other is red/pink. 

if you have the patience garden centres sell them during the summer as good size flowering plants.  You can then choose exactly what you want.

meanwhile I will nosey around and see if anyone can supply white or cream.  If so I will let you know.  An important occasion so will be vigilant.  Perhaps someone on the forum can help too? 

HELP! Mature garden devastation. Phytophthora, fungus?

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:32

Did you ask on another thread Adam?  Sure I replied on that 

New plants

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:30

Hiya Tracey

For shade how about skimmias!   wide range of them now including green flowers.  Male and female for lots of berries (and bees).  Hydrangeas too....white ones in shade and clay soil are superb.  And red varieties too there.  Sarcoccoca for wonderful scent right now.  The winter honeysuckle...Winter Beauty ....is,flowering and scenting right now.  The witch hazels are amazing in flower.  Daphnes like Odora aureomarginata have huge scent and nice evergreen foliage.  Emerald n Gold is a delightful variegated evergreen.  Mahonias for structure and winter flowers....Soft Caress is a new small variety.  Dont forget ferns too in the shade

in sun, choisyas ....Sundance is an evergreen yellow but there are several varieties all with orange/vanilla scented flowers in spring and early summer on aromatic foliage.   Hydrangeas again but this time Paniculata...check them out.  Pittosporums come in different foliage colours. Senecio Sunshine, Olearias, hebes, The Abelias are good too....Confetti is a wonderful little semi evergreen variety with delightful foliage and small late summer flowers.  

For sun or shade don't forget the hollies....Golden King is majestic and Handsworth New Silver has silver foliage.  Taxus Stamdishii is a favourite of mine....a uniquely coloured and well behaved striking conifer for sun or partial shade.  Good for impact and structure and tolerant of most everything

Well there are a few evergreen shrubs...others will post more 

don't forget many perennials are evergreen....heucheras, santolinas, grasses, sedges,  lupins, geums like Totally Tangerine, etc.

deciduous plants will often outshine the evergreens so don't overlook them.

have fun choosing and planting 

 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:08

Do you mix n match hostas Hosta? ....do you mix  with grasses or other stuff or a form of monoculture with them? 

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