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Autumn/Winter

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:41

Hey dave and waterbutts I was going to suggest those two 

White tulips, white daffs.  Silver grey pulmonarias with pale blue flowers or white flowers, Pulmonaria blue ensign with brilliant blue flowers.  Brunneras....some very nice varieties for the spring, check them out.  White Arabis would look good there too. Or, at the other end of colour wheel, how about epimediums with wonderful red /purple flowers with foliage tInged red?  Or geranium phaem if shady or geranium Orion if there is enough sunlight would provide brilliant blue flowers all summer long.

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:33

Then lizness a fleece covering will help, or a bell cloche.  If I didn't pinch mine back it would grow 8'.  It will be one of the earliest of plants to begin dying back too.  I have it in different places but always set against something else.....e.g. In front of a large senecio greyii/sunshine, under a half standard Japanese willow, near a yellow conifer.  Don't think it looks great in isolation but as a contrast plant it is excellent

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:22

Gardengirl, remove or treat the weeds before scarifying.  Just time during this warm weather to apply lawn weed killer...I'd spot weed.

Good evening forkers

 

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:35

I think a catapult to hand is a good idea    For a bit of fun, why ot set up some tempting situations and practise your catapulting skills

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:32

I grow red dragon.  It's easy to divide.  Likes well drained soil...even poor soil, although there it grows more slowly.  So, not cuttings but division or basal pieces with a trowel.  

It's very hardy for me....s.w. Cornwall.....but it can be hit by slight late frosts.  It recovers well enough though.

It benefits by being cut back regularly in the summer.....makes a denser, richer coloured plant.  Domt like it to flower.  I would divide soon and pot up or have some fleece handy during cold winter spells or even later in the spring if frosts are still a problem.  

 

Eupatorium chocolate....is it invasive in your garden?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 15:53

Bought this on impulse despite knowing this family is a thuggish one.

Im fairly sure ??ou will agree this too is invasive but I was it is well behaved.  

So, folks, do you grow it?   Have you grown it?  

What's happening in my garden!

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 14:16

Oh, that mint Louise.  Is it in a pot or in the garden?  Best not to,have if in the garden....it will romp.  Pull mint apart now and pot up.  Keep in greenhouse and water well. You should have new fresh mint growing in the next few weeks

Lawn - is something terrible about to happen?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 13:57

Susan, you concerned the old grass will seed into your new seed mixture?

I see nothing wrong with returning the,top soil.  

I would dig over, rake and level the area removing all roots, stones etc.  what sort,of lawn did you want?  If a normal everyday quality one then this should be fine.  Spend the winter getting it right and then look to sow seed in late march. Or, do you want some of this area as a border for plants?  

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 13:18

Hello Catherine.

Sorry for your loss.  Losing a child must be the most emotionally difficult feeling to bear. 

I grew a rose for someone....the name and colour were perfect.  It flowers at the,right time.  I grow a dicentra spectabile for my young nephew ...it flowers wonderfully at the right time too, viz., spring.

November is difficult.  A camellia is nice.  Full of promising buds in November to,produce its flowers in spring.

Lomicera winter beauty is a shrubby honeysuckle with scented late winter flowers and, again, has buds in November.

Choisya sundance is a lovely,yellow evergreen shrub that looks good in November and produces scenfed flowers in spring

Daphne Odora aureomarginataIas a lovely evergreen shrub that looks good all year round and has late winter beautifully scented flowers

What sort of shrub would YOU ideally like to remember your son by?  Evergreen? Scent? Winter flowering heathers are full of buds and flowers over autumn and winter.  Maybe a little plaque too with his name on it?  

 

 

Sparrows!

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 09:26

......bumping up

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