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Large Raised Bed

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 13:00

RunningMitch, a few points.   is it in full sun?  Can you post a picture?  What tree stumps are they? 

Could you use stumps as supports for seats? Heathers are ideal in poor sunny slope situations.....the winter varieties, the Carneas, come in white, pink and red flowers and with coloured foliage.  

prostrate rosemary, the bright blue ones, have aromatic foliage all year round and would cope with a slope in sun.  Lavendars too, summer heliotropes, thymes and chamomile will provide scent in a sunny sloping site 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:50

Looking superb tho, eh Fairy? 


Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:49

Always regarded Simonsii as invasive.   on the towans behind me leading to fhe beach this does spread by seed and by root.  

Invicta, since it is of sentimental value (good enough reason to grow it ) just be aware of seedlings and root spread and it will be fine I think 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:42

Beautiful here....prob 10 degrees.  No wind. No rain. Lovely blue skies . Should post a picture 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:40

Howdy folks 

at last some sanity  working in friend's garden which is overgrown and catchup needed...this was fine. It was her incessant chatting though that drove me maaaad  .   She also planted a tree where there is no room for it and her reasons for doing it are bonkers.    eventually I persuaded her to move it...something I will do in a few days.  Must remember to wear ear muffs though   Or barricade her front door 

beautiful day....prob 10 degrees.  No wind. No rain. a walk with Spike soon 

? Wind rock damage to penstemons

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:28

Hiya Hostafan....I would he inclined to cut back right now...this very moment in fact ........and try to root those tips.   as they are grown in GH you must have plemty of soft new growth 



Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:08

Happy birthday Liri 

? Wind rock damage to penstemons

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 07:48

Lyn, yes you can safely cut your penstemons now.  If you have lots of new short shorts from the base you can cut all your stems out completely.  Or you can cut low to new shoots on every stem.  They will be fine.

lavendar?  I would wait just a couple of weeks but don't cut too far.  Prune off the flowered stems 

ID please

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 07:37

Yes flowers in fhe rain, Skimmia Rubella.  Give it a couple of sprays of epsom salts.  there is not a lot wrong with your plant 

Hydrangea outgrown pot ?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 17:18

Dave, yes, it has outgrown that pot.  

.  How long has it been in that pot?  If more than a couple of years the roots will be jammed in there.  

A decision to be made....which is more important?  If it's the pot then try to extricate your plant.  It will be difficult but secateurs and trowel will ne needed and bruised knuckles will result.  However, I think you could win through 


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