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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:15

Woody...we will beat the Aussies    I think 


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:14

Forester, hiya.

Domt be apologetic about getting excited over grasses.  They are exciting plants amd very much undervalued

You can buy plants now but don't plant them out until spring.  I have some local nurseries but Hoecroft nursery is very good.  I initially bought all my grasses from them as very small ones.  Often the roots are bit congested as grasses, ESP the bigger ones, are vigorous.  I simply untangle the roots and pot into a bigger size. 

Miscanthus, Calamagrostis, stipa gigantea, and panicums are excellent tall grasses and there are new varieties added all the tme.  Deschampsia is a great choice for a dampish spot or one with good soil growing about 100 cm amd flowerimg over the summer.  Check it out

Enjoy your grasses Forester.  


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 08:44

Hello forkers

Just started pouring down. Strong winds ....storm force ..for later.  I guess it may mean  all my tall grasses being flattened.  Although they stand up well a combination of heavy rain and strong winds is not a good one.  Shame, cos the miscamthus have never looked better

Could peat be toast stacey?  

Still eating those toads then Dove!  

Well, the rain has put paid to some plans today......go back to bed I think   Maybe not, my dog needs his exercise soon.

actually, it's quite nice walking in wind and rain's not cold 

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:51

Thanks John.  Appreciate that.  If that doesn't attract people to growing grasses nothing will 

New borders

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:48

Hmmmm!  I grow 2 Helmand pillars.  Both are tight, erect and "neat".  I agree pruning is not the solution to keeping it as a "pillar" soon shoots wide.  To help maintain its narrowness I tie thin dark green wire around it. Not essential just me being  perfectionist here., It isn't seen but it does help the narrow shape.  Every year or two I adjust the wire to accommodate any stray shoots.  I like it. Nothing else quite like it for a purple focal point in the garden.  I grow a mounded Taxus Coppershine ......a wonderfully different yew with amazing orange shoots in front of Helmond pillar.  

Tall slim plants?  Helictotrichon?  Taxus Standishii?  Prunus amanagowa?  Panicum heavy metal?  


Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:25

I do grow figs...brown turkey.  They need a long growing warm season and a mild winter or at least protection over winter.  Only the smallest, embryonic figs will survive to regrow in the following spring to,produce edible fruit in late summer.  Any figs larger than this need to be removed and composted. . Grown in a pot they will do very well if taken into the GH in winter.  

Couple of,problems......birds know exactly when the figs are ready and take them on the very day you decide to.  And they do grow very quickly and large so,pruning in the very short dormant season is necessary.  Cut a ripe fig open and be amazed by the colours of the fruit.  Taste of a warm, fresh fig is yummy 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:14

Woody, woody, woody!   Grasses are such wonderful plants creating subtle gentle movement, structure and height.  Try a you will become addicted to them.  Try a deschampsia ....medium height with billowing flower heads all Summer.

Been meaning to ask you if you would start a thread about alpines woody.  I'm sure it would be well received. 

Any Ideas Please...

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:04

Hiya. Carmic,  some of the smartest people I've met have been gypsies.  One guy I met on a speed awareness course ( not really speeding...37 mph in 30 zone ?) could not read or write but what a business brain.  Had all sorts of business on the go, the way he calculated things in his head was amazing.  Impressive guy.  And those gypsy caravans are out of this world if you are lucky enough to be invited in and shown around as I was.


Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 22:50

Heard that too clk but I've never had a problem with propagating jap anemones.  I've always done it by digging up rooted suckers.  Luckily, I now have eradicated all jap anemones from my garden. 



Posted: 01/11/2013 at 22:45

Aw, potty.  Sorry you had big car bill   But you got new phone   

Had fun n games with orange today on my niece's phone n broadband.  It was get my money back from them day.....I pay the bills. Did very well..... £240 in total for compo.  But what a role was never so rigmaded!    I'll get my coat, shall I?  

Full of good food tonight and nice company so goodlio day 

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