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Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:30

I think I would simply add phosphorous and potash early in the spring.  During the growing season I would spray with seaweed or tomato feed.  

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:18

What plants did you I tend to plant there Tomsk?  Deep cultivation would not be good idea.  I grow geranium Orion satisfactorily at bare base of a rosemary.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:11

Doesn't apply to me.  Can still run the 100 metres in 30 seconds 


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:07

Yes, pull flowered stems immediately after flowering to encourage further flowers.  I grow just one variety of the Princess series...after growing a few different ones.  It flowers for 6 months without let up.

Janebal, yes pot up those little roots ASAP.  For me, I would pot on a couple of times before plantImg out in the garden so that a good size vigorous specimen not eaten by slugs, snails etc., is already established.,   Good soil but not cold waterlogged.

Placing alstromerias is important.  They flower for months but then go dormant often in mid or late summer leaving a gap in the border.  So I plant behind a dahlia, agastache, actea, etc so,that the gap is not seen.  



Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:57

Been a cracker of a day here.  Storms!  What storms? 

Beginning to get the urge to garden......  Planning a few adjustments to plantIng

towans woody......twang!

Thanks KEF, yes spike and I enjoyed walk/run to the beach after my stint at the foodbank.  Still enough light......hey!  the days are getting longer now.  



Caring for Skimmia japonica

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:46

....and add another variety too to encourage pollination.  Ideally a hermaphrodite form with flowers and berries.  Not too much direct sun and not too alkaline 

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:44

Get some winter heathers in there.....carnea and darleyensis varieties.  They come in a variety of foliage colours and flower in mid winter to late put in at last 3 varieties of the same or, ideally, 5 or more, to make a glorious evergreen undulating carpet.  Add a conifer like Taxus aurea or Standishii.  .  Can you add a couple of helleborus orientallis and helleborus corsicus?  And dig in some mushroom compost at planting time.  Add a "grass" like carex buchanii an evergreen foxy red upright then fountain like appearance.  Get a euphorbia like rubra......purple black foliage and yellow flowers in spring....or a variegated variety in there.  


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:55

The weather here today is superb.  Lovely and sunny.  Spike has enjoyed his runs on the Towans the  Must be at least 13 degrees 

Just had a quick check on the forum and noticed some keen newcomers lately.  That's nice.

Off to the foodbank now

Keep warm and safe folks 

Cornus alba Sibirica in Containers

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:50

Welcome Charlie

I agree with Busy......Cornus will not really like it in a pot and if it doesn't like it it will look poorly.

Choisya sundance is a lovely yellow leaved fragrant bush that would grow in a container.  If you wanted a red "stemmed" plant instead of a Cornus how about a red Phormium?  however, there is a variety of Cornus that may do well in a pot.....a red/orange stemmed one called Winter Fire.  It's a weaker growing sort that did not grow well for me in the ground so I resorted to plantIng it in a pot.  I used a John Innes compost and kept plant fairly moist.  

I can sense your enthusiasm Charlie.  I'm still a bit like that myself 

creating a flower border

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:39

Hiya rubber, just noticed this thread

I would plant a honeysuckle on that wall.....prob two different varieties.  Think,of,the scent. 

A metre deep is not a lot so I wouldn't cram a lot of different things in groups of threes I think

I would also plant brunnera hadspen cream....beautiful forget me not blue flowers in spring and early summer, a hardy geranium called Margaret Wilson for its almost white foliage, ophiopogon a black grass like plant, and a favourite grass of mine called hackonechloa, ESP if you can dig in some goodness too for it.  Bowles golden grass is a lovely yellow grass that will associate well with Heucheras there.  There are some well behaved carex too with foliage colours ranging from red to yellow to almost white. Another grass that lights up the late winter until mid summer is Arrhenatherum bulbosum...........variegated foliage with a clean white vertical look.  Check it out.  Euonymous emerald n gold is a superb evergreen compact shrub for all year round impact.  Two other shrubs worth considering are sarcoccoca ...sweet box for its wonderful winter scent and daphne odora aureomarginata for it's lovely foliage and perfume in spring.

I would add daffodils there too,,of course.   

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