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Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:54

Oooooo, I'm so sorry you  folks are feeling the cold there.  Just a mo, I'll  have a cold drink.  Ah, that's better."

For me cutting shrubs back when young encourages bushyness.  Pinching back, initially, then generally with shears.  The usual advice is to let a hedge grow to just beyond the height you want if but it's not my way.  It will grow thickly and just as fast.  

Can I recommend Ligustrum Aureum?  The yellow variety.  As a specime it is quite lovely with butter yellow summer foliage. Better trimmed/shaped I think 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:45

Am I the only one to think eryngium jade Frost is something special? Beautiful mixture of foliage colours plus wonderful satiny azure blue flowers completely different to usual eryngiums.  Will post a picture when this flowers....usually in June. 

Mexican Orange Blossom - is it ok?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:41

Ah!  You have the yellow one, sundance.  This is not quite as hardy as straight green choisya and it can burn too in direct sun.  However, is it wet there?  Such a small plant won't want too much watering just yet


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:35

Watch out for late frosts though Alemap.  Keep some fleece handy.  Frost can kill off that top growth and in some places Frost is forecast. No, I wouldn't cut off any stems.

Mexican Orange Blossom - is it ok?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:32

Sounds like wind blast to me.  Is it windier on that side smck75?    Can't see a picture 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:28

Ecky thump!  Should have done I guess but never think to do it Dove. Everything I do is at breakneck speed...always in a hurry, always impetuous, so taking photos is rarely on my mind.  Promised on the forum to take pics of agastaches in summer though so will do this.  Hopefully someone will remind me......bit of the old dementia methinks  Ere, where am I?  

I had a row of wallflowers ....mixed 3 colours, red, yellow and orange.....where the beans are now.  Think they looked good and it seemed a shame to dig them up but beans needed planting now.  

I buy in wallflowers in late august/ earlySeptember and grow them on in my veg patch ..which by then is looking very sparse.  They grow well there.  I pinch out tops.  During late autumn and into winter I dig them up with generous rootball and plant  them out as individual specimens.  Do the same with stocks.  

(I buy from a neighbour who grows them..  She puts out hundreds of them but they are so tiny so look like a multicoloured quilt) 


Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:15

To get rid of ivy I sever the bottom ....leaving a few inches of wood.  I then paint on SBK brushwood killer on the exposed woody stems (try to cut as many stems as possible to treat them all). 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:09

Been a beautiful day here.  Lovely evening. Very warm.

Planted out runner beans after framework erected.  Always a strong support system....3  x 8' metal poles with 4 holes drilled in them, galvanised angle irons propping up end posts,  bean net and 4 stout wires running through net and posts.  It's a big "sailcloth" in mid summer so I make sure it won't fall down.  Also have lateral posts and wire for 3 poles.    (ain't going to lose my beans ). Always a big crop of beans to freeze, eat raw, cook and give away 

Digging up all lily of the valley I's a weed!  

Pulling up wallflowers now....I grow "specimens",  large ones (some over 4'tall) so each one makes an impact on its own.  Don't like lots of small ones mixed together 

SW Facing front.

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:14

Choisya there for me too....the yellow ay burn a little there so I would go for usual green.  Perfect.  Camelias would hate it there.  Peonies look awful when not in flower and they flower for such a short time.

I would not clutter it with lots of fiddly plants.  A choisya with geranium rozanne or Ann Folkard would give aromatic foliage all year round, scented white flowers in spring, blue (rozanne) or Magenta (Ann folkard) flowers all,summer.

Ogster dicentras, anemone, foxglove !  Not for me.  Too sunny and not enough value in them there.  


Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:03

Supernoodle, good morning

Daphne odora aureomarginata grows well down here.  My soil is neutral and good draining.

Is your soil heavy?  I think, yes, it may be too acid but to add lime to your soil would spoil Your garden.  Don't do that....just for one plant.

Its clear your daphne doesnt like your soil.....too heavy, too acidic and prob too wet (?)

I would put it in a pot....don't overpot.....and I would use. John innes number 3.

Good luck Supernoodle 

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