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JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:21

I think Mike's kindness, his laid back comon sense comments and because of his op today can I say this is just for Mike.

Hope all went well today Mike.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:16

What a treat these pictures are. Always look at this thread 

Drat........

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:15

Most everything is now growing fast and looking better every day....as with everyone else.....but I  am going to have a big  "spoil" this summer.   A Carpentaria Californica is looking decidedly sparse of foliage.  Growing against a wall it has been a lovely sight in June and July but the winter wet has affected it. Hardly a leaf but I cut branches back fairly hard and new growth has started.   But it looks "woody" 

However, I have now decided it has to go.  I want something quick for,this summer and considered a red leaved canna, (I have a few in large pots growing away), a buddleia Davidii and climbers.  I have a pittosporum Garnettii 6' tall to one side and a 10' tall conically shaped on the other side......not the most imaginative planting I have but it creates a cosy background.  I have clematis ville de Lyon backing the pittosporum.

Any other options out there?  Quick, colourful and compatible?  

are holly bushes ok in shade?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 09:06

Dark green varieties will enjoy shade.  However, variegated varieties will need some sun or they will revert to green.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 09:00

Hello forkers

Looks good here.  So far.  Getting warmer this week.

Couldn't resist getting Cornish ice cream yesterday ....with Cornish clotted cream too of course.  Bought standard........but, for me, a double choc plus double cream 

Having lunch today with my niece.....she is handing in her notice today and is nervous.  At her age I just impulsively walked in and resigned on the spot .....not the best thing to do after a little more thought.    

Hey!  My brother has offered some support with my mum today.  Surprised, shocked, taken aback, astonished.  He never offers support but it's appreciated. 

Prob very little time for the garden.  Be happy folks 

 

Hydrangea

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.  

HELLO FORKERS!

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!)

Hydrangea

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  

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