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What's best to grow in terracotta pots

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:46

A Phormium called Dazzler would look good there.  Semi cascading, maroon red evergreen leaves. A carex called Comans Bronze ...evergreen, foxy brown leaves creating a fountain effect ....would provide low mainenance beauty all year round ( provide light free draining soil)

However, for a seasonal (summer) plantIng a dark red pelargonium or a begonia called bonfire would look great in that pot.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:26

Hiya matty

I know it's a bit of contentious issue .....wild swan apparently not growing well for some....but it's a lovely thing for a white border.  Something a little different there too is an echinacea called milkshake.  It's a double.....white frill, pale green boss and cream nose.  Strong growing.  Mine is about 3' high.  Unsure about its hardyness but think it will be fine.  It's a real "looker"

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:10

Boris, it's very amenable to pruning. You can "guide" your shape too by pruning to upward or downward facing buds.  For example, if it's as high as you want it to be around your wimdow cut it to,where you want it but to a downward bud. if you want it to grow a bit higher when past the window then prune to buds pointing upward.   Also remove branches growing out from the wall to maintain a lovely "flat" appearance.  Have fun with it.  In full berry it's a lovely sight.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:02

Well I'll be "blessed".....that IS me Dove.

Been quite nice here today.  Warm and dry.  Got my new ex conifer area replanted.  Think it looks quite good.  Got Anemone Wild Swan in there too.  It's all so much more  interesting than that old comifer.  ( got to saw it into 3 pieces to move it to the dump as its a heavy old piece of timber)

Thanks for birthday greetings...all well and good but where's the money?  I have 2 birthdays every year so I'll announce the other in good time.

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 18:51

Welcome Coys

How about edging your raised bed with lavendar?  Maybe a summer jasmine for,the fence.   In the wide part,of your raised bed hypericum hidcote a yellow summer long flowering shrub would complement the lavendar superbly.  How wide is raised bed?

A PH test would be a wise choice to see,if your soil is acid or alkaline. ,this determines what plants you can grow there. Again, what size will bed on the left be?

Iron Man

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:43

Hiya Alan,  I grow 4 varieties of blueberries incl those you mentioned.  All confused now as labels have disappeared.

I love them. If you have acid soil you can grow them quite easily.  My soil is neutral so mine are grown in large pots of acid compost.  They are juicy and sweet and I eat them raw as they come off the bush.  A little shade too and keep moisture levels up. I've had good crops this and last summer.....still some to pick.  Its best to have at least 2 different varieties.  Go for it Alan.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:27

It's not fair is it Stacey.....I've got 3 wild swans!   Hee hee hee

And, I've changed my car so police will never catch me now....gonna grow a beard too so my disguise will be foolproof

Neighbour has sprayed pesticide on my vegetable patch

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:20

Yes, monkey in the garden, was this deliberate vandalism or did ??ou ask this guy to spray for you?  It's ESSENTIAL ??ou know what he used, ESP on a veg patch.  

Also as said earlier, was it a pesticide or weedkiller?  Whatever was used its not a good idea to spray whole areas like this unless to initially clear overgrown ground


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:15

Stacey, it really will make little difference .....just cut back to first leaves for tidyness I think

Morning everyone.

Sun is emerging.  Nice yesterday.  But showers threaten too.  

After removing conifer couple of days ago and digging in compost it is now planting day there.  Got anemone wild swan, geum totally tangerine, and astilbes to go in as well as splitting and moving astrantias and large hackonochloa.  Abelia Confetti, I have been nurturing all summer, will go there too. It's really completing the whole border that I planted last winter and early spring.  

My birthday yesterday so, although perfect planting day, I was spoiled rotten so can't complain 

Have jolly good day folks

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:57

Yes, don't water them 

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