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Plants for new border

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:34

Looking good there Tracey.  Bet you're chuffed ....always nice to get new planting done.  Getting a black hellebore soon myself.........know I want it but now need to consider ow best to set it off.  White snowdrops inthe foreground seem obvious yet appropriate but between a yellow hellebore and a double white is my chosen site ....I think 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:24

Tracey, sorry you are troubled tonight........I'm sure things will work out.  You care and you show you do and that is so important.  You just have to dig in there and be there when your son needs he will 

Oh, talking of choc orange......I had a goodly supply at the foodbank today.  Ok, bit more than my share but I was hungry 

Going for interview, etc tomorrow as a volunteer with local credit union.  Can't do this and foodbank so will know more tomorrow.  


Blue berry bushes

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:24

With acid compost I trust Anne 

A real treat in the summer aren't they?

Anybody growing any of the hybrid berries?  Worth while?  

Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:18

Cox is a spur bearer so pruning is pretty easy.

I have rejuvenated a couple of apple trees.  Thing is to reduce or remove the mass of water shoots that come from drastic pruning.  For me it is a common sense get the tree you want and not to be overcome with too much theory of what to do and what not to do.

.......mind ??ou my sis in law once accused me of killing her apple tree many years ago but I did point out at the time her tree was already dying.  (never wrong, see! )

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:08

I once went crazy planting clematis over a whole range of shrubs.  A Ribes looked sensational in summer...A magical curtain of purple.  However, the flowerimg currant suffered the following spring...bare patches of both leaf and flower.  Now I keep clematis to supports like arches, wall wires etc.  You can't have both performing  to,the max.  

Clematis scrambling over heathers does same thing and kills off much of the foliage of heathers. Anything among heathers needs to be erect and separate.......for me

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:30

Thanks Dove.  never been there but drove past many years back.

Womderful gardens there.  My enjoyment of grasses, foliage colours and contrasts....including heathers ......and pure inspiration came from Adrian Bloom.  

I share your desire to use grasses Dove.  Always adding the odd one or two every year.

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:09

No, nut.  I don't think he would "cringe" at all.  I guarantee any tv prog featuring heathers and conifers will have a surge of wanna be  too 

Adrian Bloom I recall....took over Foggy Bottom to grow those heathers, etc and raise new perennials for his island beds.  Alan Bloom ...his father....grew wonderful perennials but not those heathers etc..........

Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:02

Yes you it now.  But be prepared to prune back in late summer any lomg whippy shoots.  Take advantage too to remove all dead branches and branches that are crossing others.  

You don't say what variety of apple tree you have but if a spur bearer.....I.e. bearing apples along the branches .....I would cut back ...spur back....several sub branches in late summer. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:55

Stunning pictures David 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:51

Worth it though, eh Matt?  

MrsG. Thread has now gone back to normal.  You must have fixed it for me remotely. Thanks 

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