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Gardening 101

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:27

Just want to say hi Ant5.  And welcome 

Im a bit of a plantsman and would really go to town there    however, I see plenty of advice given already.  

I would turn the soil gives you an understanding of it and a feel for it.  A few scented plants would be nice there....maybe lavendars.  A few annuals for a riot of colour this summer. Annuals will grow quickly and they are cheap.   It gives you time to decide what you might like to do with your plot over autumn and winter.  Have some fun with it, experiment and enjoy.  

At summer's end you can start all over but with a better idea and we can put in some ideas for you.



Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:50

Why did I forget carex Comans Bronze?  I love this grass.  Foxy red foliage all year round, very tactile, upright to 30 cm or so and then arches beautifully.  Sways and moves delightfully.  Some of this amongst Tennuissima......sooooooperb  

......meant to say yes.  Clever pictures.  Wondered what you did there when I first saw your designs. 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:41

Pennisetum is a lovely grass but two issues.  Can be tender in some areas....a red foliage variety Eaton Canyon (rubrum) is very tender but lovely.  Also they can spread a little and are difficult to dig up after a few seasons.  Villosum is delightful...large caterpillar-like flowers that are eye  catching. 

check out Imperata Red Baron.  No flowers but brilliant red leaves from mid summer onwards.

"wafty" flowers?  Guara lindheimerii Corries Gold?  White n green foliage and delicate butterfly pure white flowers on 3' stems?

Veronicastrums too are tall, slender plants ideal for some height with lavendar or pink or,white flowers.  I guess you could say they "Waft"

Back to grasses,   Calamagrostis Karl Foerster has flowers 6' high ...purple/grey from mid summer. Overdam has same flowers but has green and white striped foliage.  This looks nice a few feet away from verbena bonariensis. 


Lemon Tree

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:23

I've neglected my lemon tree a little.   got some nice lemons though but foliage is looking a little tatty.  Its been outside for 6 weeks or so though.

I will either use ericaceous,compost or get citrus compost amd feed to maybe pot on or replenish some of the existing soil.

Lemon trees seem to thriveoutside in the summer without any pest or disease issues. 

Can you be brutal with a hosta?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:19

Hostas are pretty tough.   DIg and divide them even in mid summer (I found that they formed better foliage for longer albeit at the expense of flowers).  

I have a couple of new varieties and with these I will feel my way for this year.

However, slugs and snails !   I manage to grow pretty good hostas with hardly a blemish both in the border and in pots.  In pots I apply copper tape to the rims and it's very effective.  Especially with terracotta pots the tape is hardly seen.  In the ground I visit my hostas with a torch amd saline solution and pick off any snails, etc I see.  

Until they flower hostas seem to remain pristine. After flowering the snails, slugs visit.  I also think hosta foliage deteriorates if they are allowed to flower so I allow some to flower and others not. 

Hosta foliage is now looking good but approaches its best in 3 weeks or so and what better in the  garden?


Conifers Gone - Replace with What?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:42

How about climbers?  Honeysuckle, jasmine, solanum, clematis, pyracantha, etc.

Whatever you plant, try to get some compost in much as possible really.

Climbers can be planted 8 to 10 feet apart so you needn't spend a fortune.  Put a few galvanised wires up....can you attach to the fence?

A clematis Montana planted now will fill a 8' space in 2 years as will honeysuckle.

Is it sunny there?  Buddleias will quickly grow.  How about different shrubs?  Weigela, forsythia, berberis Darwinii, philadelphus, etc etc    

Could look really nice down there Magic Cottage 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:38

Look, it's all about trying things.  Grasses really can be good value. If you bought say 5 plants of Tennuissima you can divide them by pulling...carefully...apart to make maybe15 or 20plants.  Right now they will grow fast and once you have them you can pot up seedlings or divide again .  

Thing is just to enjoy a gradual development of your garden MrsGarden.  

runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:30

Oops!  Didn't notice the tops as welshonion did.  

Canes do need to be wider at the bottom and tied in at the top.  If your beans grow well there will be a lot of weight on those supports.  Also to put in a cane at the ends of,the rows forming a triangle here to stop rocking.  

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:26

No longer do these newspaper garden offers.  Always had poor response.  

Online suppliers.....the good ones.....have upped their game over recent two or three years.  Excellent plants, perfectly packed and delivered a day or two after ordering in many cases.  And the choice and variety is amazing.  

Just waiting.......

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:20

I'm waiting to see my new agastaches and heleniums flower.  Also for wallflowers and stocks ...which have been go over and get all my summer perennials back in.  

I guess though I'm not really waiting.  This is a fast time of year so it's really trying to keep up 

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