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plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:27


Can you mound that border a little or slope it towards the grass/slabs?  It would help with drainage.  A mulch of gravel too would help create a dry cushion at the base of those plants.  It would look good too. It would reflect and hold heat. 

Can you,post a picture ?

Forgove me Djjuk, but I can't help but feel you are choosing the wrong plants?  If you grew plants that enjoyed heavy clay soil they would look so much happier and would create less work for you...????


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:11


I cannot grow meconopsis baileyii .  Tried several times and with different techniques like not allowing them to flower in their first year but soil and conditions are not suitable.  There cannot be a better blue than on that Tibetan blue poppy.  Ah well!  That's the beauty of  gardening.....we can all grow different things

Isnt life strange?  A black Peugeot I wanted was suddenly sold mid week but I still arranged to test another.  Then today the salesman told me that car was available oh joy!    Because the would be buyer had a heart attack and was now in hospital and that's sad.  

Today's rain has been horrendous.  Water running off fields, drains spouting water, roads developing holes overnight, roads deemed impassable, ........I've never known quite so much water.  It's dry now but ice is forecast tonight....maybe not just here but those wet roads will simply freeze overnight.   Then storms tomorrow with very high tides, gale force winds and more heavy rain.  Not looking forward to that 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:45

Sounds perfect punkdoc.  Peace, quiet and sanity 

Seriously, I could never trust a car to park itself.  It's the fact that the gadgets are there

Weather is clearing up ...can't wait to get outside 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:41

Yes agree...wise to delay for a few weeks.

I would also apply a thick mulch after pruning too.....after clearing up fallen leaves and foliage.  Help minimise any possible fungal spores.  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:44

Heck, Fairygirl, I forgot about a holder for donuts.   I am a sillee billee 

Hey......this is the cleverness of being Cornish now.....I can use the gear stick to hold a good supply of donuts and beimg very fond of onion rIngs too I can hold these there as well. . I am getting sooo excited now.  

Punkdoc is spot on....gadgets AND a shed.  Vital 

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:35


Firstly I,would not worry too much about spacing...perennials can be lifted and moved anyway if tlook don't look quite right......I often move plants during the growing season amd when young they can be moved easily

You don't  say which salvias.....however I assume the hardy varieties.  They can be divided etc but they don't spread too widely.  

I would put thyme and oregano in pots.  Sage does get biggish quite quickly but regularly cut back will look compact. The purple,is nice.  Tricolour is wonderful. 

Lavendar and echinacea won't occupy too big a space.  

Verbena bonariensis will occupy at least 50 cm by summer 

All of,those plamts like it dryish with good drainage, sharp drainage, so you need to dig in grit, etc to lighten the soil.  Can you mound the soil slightly to encourage drainage? 

If your salvias are blue/purple I would keep well away from lavendar.  They would compete not just in colour but also form, viz., erect, upright.  A mound in between, like thyme,,would create comtrast if you decide not to put in a pot.  

Yes it,is a narrow border.....planting one or two plants in a group of 3 would create a sense of depth.  Bonariensis I would plant at the would break up the heights there.  

Which echinaceas do you want?  

That,you want to plant something on it? 

Your border is reasonably long so 2 bonariensis would break up any "lines" 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:44

Jess I cut mine back to a few inches every year.....??ou could do it higher than,produce fast growing juvenile foliage.  Pollarding is a good way to grow eucalyptus.  By cutting it like this all infected material is removed....hopefully.  

Eucalyptus is not "infallible" does suffer from leaf issues and die back.  

After pruning I apply a granular feed.  

Skimmia not flowering

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 11:03

Hiya dreaming spires

I think it's just settling in.  Situation sounds good.  For me skimmias initially can be chlorotic but eventually settle down unless the soil is very alkaline.

Ou said you mixed in plenty of compost etc......maybe its enjoying the rich life and just wants to grow right now instead of flowering.

Pollination isn't about flowering as such.......flowering or not is not affecfed by other varieties.  If you want the berries ??ou need to get male amd female bushes or a hermaphrodite form.  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 10:53

Hello Annie

I thought creosote was banned.  Ive not bought it for few years now.

I know what you mean about its persistence.  Rain or sunshine tends to "renergise" its pong.  

If creosote is banned have a chat with your neighbour. Even if it's not banned explain how bad it is for's either that or endure another "spell of smell". 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 10:45

Hiya punkdoc

Before you.....we....know it this wet dark dreary weather will be forgotten.  

Ok pretty awful today but lighter mornings and evenings and it just needs a nice sunny day to make us realise how near spring is. 

Not weather for me to look at cars.......acted as chauffeur this morning.  It was reasoned that my diesel is cheaper to run than a petrol and it is but I now have to do 2 trips....bit slow there I think.    

Funny it's likely I will replace my car I realise how much I actually like it.  But the new one has GADGETS.   And I love gadgets. Not on my model but the slightly posher version will park the car for me.  How good is that? 


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