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cornus dogwood

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:54

Yes, for sure you can.  But I would use a John innes compost with a handful or two of dried manure mixed in....needs plenty of moisture

What can I grow here?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:47

Ligustrum Aureum....golden privet is a lovely shrub that would tolerate that position.  Philadelphus Aureum? 

Phormium yellow wave?  Miscanthus zebrinus or variegatus?  Euphorbia characias too would look good there.

If you could add some goodness to planting hole helleborus Corsicus would fit in.....lime green flowers in spring and grey green evergreen serrated folIage?

If you have a few hours of sun buddleia Harlequin is stunning.  Arum lily if you could add some compost...white flowers in late spring.  

Or, in a nice pot, pieris flaming silver with acorus Ogon around the edge....better still with brunnera hadspen cream with its forget me not blue flowers


Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:19

Oh,,alrighty then.   

(but I think.....whisper,,whisper.....she will save money and time if she DOESN'T use membrane.  Sorry I know I'm right on this one)

Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:15

Yes, boys love, lads love.  We prob prefer the silver artemisias now.....

But, it's what our parents amd their parents grew.....something nice about that.  Same with the old fashioned pinks and roses.  An idea for another border I think.....plants of,yesteryear.

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 19:14

Weed suppressing membrane has disadvantages.  It's very difficult to move plants that are in the wrong place for a start.  It creates a very sterile soil environment too....what are the birds going to "peck" on, how will those "nasties" in the soil be controlled, etc.  if you want to plant bulbs it's not quite so easy.  For experienced gardeners who are sure what plants they want and know they are in the right place, then ok, put down a membrane.  But, not for me.

Better to plant out and use organic living mulches.  You can change your mind and move plants around, you can tinker with your soil, add fertiliser, plant where you like, enjoy seeing the birds feeding in your soil, etc., etc.,

These membranes are the decking of yesteryear.  They add nothing. They will still have weeds growing albeit annual ones usually.  Dont use them of you want a garden border....ok for a path but that's all

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 19:01

Sometimes I'm teased a little about being Monty, his dad, or his son, etc.  well. When I posted my pics earlier I almost included one of my own dog....golden lab called spike. he was in the background watching me.  He does much as Nigel does.  

Look. I like Monty more and more and Nigel. I have just watched a recording of Beachgrove too, such a happy programme.  We can criticise our politicians, etc but let's enjoy all our tv presenters.  They enjoy what we enjoy.  And we have had plenty of tv progs....and presenters....over past fortnight.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:11

Salino you won't regret getting Honka. Sometimes a different coloured form is offered....

Gigantea can be difficult ....and, to look its best, needs good positioning.  Mind you, whenpeople come here they usually ask how to grow it

Onion update

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:24

This Year I bought in onion plants instead of sowing my own seed or buying sets.  So far, they look very good.  Think they will make bigger onions than sets.  The real test will be in September when they're harvested and then how they keep over winter.  Anybody use plants this year?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:18

We learn all the time in gardenIng bob.  

I ought to mention. Stipa gigantea as a "star" too.  It's been impressive for 8 weeks now.  It's has some heavy rain on it but it still looks fabulous.  Put it in the right spot and it shows it's gratitude by lording it over everything else.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:02

Hello bob

Gemeral Sikorski looks great there. Brilliant colour .....must get that.  Your peppers are impressive too.....mine are much smaller although almost ready to eat.

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