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Aster novi-belgii 'Bahamas'

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 00:23

I would do more than that matt.  I would dig it up and loosen those roots.  Unwind them and spread them out.  Before replanting dig in plenty of compost, dried manure, etc and water well.  Can you give it a slightly less sunny spot too?

Mildew is a regular problem with most asters and you can apply a fungicide but if you can provide a humous rich, moisture retentive soil the risk of powdery mildew is greatly reduced.  There are a couple of asters that do not get mildew, viz., little Carlow and Frikartii Monch.  These are much better, longer flowerimg asters too.  

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 00:03

Bergenias would grow well,there....some have burgundy coloured leaves and vivid flowers  in spring.  Pulmonarias, yes, ESP those with white/ silvery leaves.  try liriopes too....evergreen grass like plants with purple spikes right now.  there are hardy geraniums that would fit the bill.

Ferns come in a large range so check them out carefully. Consider grassss too.  Festucas, stipa Tennuissima, etc.  

Consider tulbaghia too.  They  have fantastic silver blue foliage topped with pink flowers in summer.

Loads you could consider for that spot.


Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 22:17

Sorry star gaze lily.

Shall we pursue this on Lily's thread folks?  

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:35

Know what you mean nut.  They need good soil, ideally not too limey, shelter from strong sun and strong,cold winds. Frost can spoil the leaves too.   Not easy but if you can provide that they are lovely shrubs.  Red berries, scented white flowers in spring.....nice.  

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:24

Skimmia Sara.  I have a few and in the spring they are a bee magnet

Autumn colour

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:21

Classy David.  Just classy

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:11

 What makes me happy in the autumn?  Nothing!  It's colder, wetter, darker   My favourite plants have disappeared    No gardeners world on the telly 

But wait!  There's a  garden to plan to be the best ever.  Gotta get those catalogues out and read them by the fire .  Get some new plants....try out one or two I've not yet had .  Gotta do this sharpish cos another great summer is a'comin. 


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:05

KEF. Think I prob feel same way really.  Few of us like the end of summer.  However, we soon get into autumn mode'll see.    I too tend to see autumn as decay  but once I start putting out the wallflowers that are growing away in my veg patch and get some more bulbs in I start to feel more positive.     When the first buds on the hellebores appear in early January I feel happier  And when new shoots appear on plants day by day after that I positively beam     (see the clever way I used those smileys then KEF.? Impressed?) 

You don't need a slap at all but you can't "count" down the weeks cos its your life you're wishing away.  I have a whole bunch of cutting down soon thus saying goodbye to the summer but then I'll be planning for a better garden next year.  Domt feel quite like it yet but won't be long.  

Maybe someone should start a thread .......what makes me happy in the autumn?


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:19

No.    Gotta try, haven't you? 


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:17

I went to the gym once 

Got few bags of compost on offer today.  Mainly for potting up my large tender perennials.  Got extra free bag for carrying similar bags for someone who then offered me one for my trouble.  I asked if I could have a tree fern instead and she said.....

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