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Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:48

A ph test too would be sensible.  What plants do your neighbours grow?  Any hydrangeas for example?  If so, are they blue or pink?   any rhododendrons growing there?

if your soil is acid mushroom compost would be disastrous if you want to maintain its current ph. 

As for trained fruit trees I too would opt for maidens.  Especially for espaliers as you can grow them to fit your framework and, as already said, they are much cheaper.  

You don't say how big your plot is, what exactly the tree is that's remaining or why you think your ground doesn't drain very well...except that parts are heavy clay.  Does water collect and not run away easily?  

I would spend time digging by hand, incorporating manure or compost, rather than rotovating.  This is better for removing any roots remaining and you get a better understanding of your soil...how it drains, how it feels etc.

I wouldnt be in a rush either to fill your space with plants.  If you have heavy soil you can choose plants to suit, thrive and look good as time goes by...season by season as you see them in garden centres.  Initially considered structure.....a couple of evergreens for example. 

Get your lawn in.....wouldnt dig holes though.  Mixing in grit as you go is better.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:25

So far I cannot grow foxtail Lily. I know how to in theory but it doesn't work for me.  Colour wise would be very nice.  

(Feel a proper pig now......just finished off someone's Toblerone and now I have to explain a plausible reason....?)

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:11

Glad Edd replied first because I assumed it was one plant to be split.

I would separate the 3 plants now.  They will grow better as individuals 

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:03

I have moved witch hazels successfully but not sure they take too kindly to it.  

Fluffy Cloud, mainly yellows,,bronzes, and reds.  witch hazels are lovely in flower but nothing special at other times so not really a centrepiece shrub I think.

as always, we gardeners disagree. Don't we love to?   I would move it immediately after it has flowered so in the next couple of weeks.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:57

Meant to plant hydrangea limelight today but looking for something special and different to associate with it

So far considered rudbeckias or geum  totally tangerine or lobelia hadspen purple around its feet, and heleniums, salvia uliginosa, and actea black negligee at a higher level.  However, these are my thoughts but any better ideas out there? Verbena Bonariensis spiking above it too...?

Broken in the post!

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:40

Gone through the system with Trading Stamdards Dove.  Nothing like doing it yourself though to be successful 

Broken in the post!

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:38

I am now intrigued Rebecca.  You should still be protected as a consumer here so,let us know how you get on 

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:36

Make my own pizza too.......well, I choose my own toppings 

new Rhubarb

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:00

No Alan leave them be.  Tempting to pick but best to feed well again and not to pick until 2016.

Broken in the post!

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:57

Oops!   Didn't take heed of the salvia (in the thread title) in question.  More haste less speed methinks!

rebecca,,why did you choose this particular plant?

however, please stand up for your rights as I originally outlined.  

Local trading standards, if anything like down here, is a pretty toothless body now.  Useless in a couple of personal instances including a scam involving a family member.  In this case my own determined persistence and effort paid off eventually. Trading Standards can advise but usually do nothing. 

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