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Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:04

i grow several lupins.  they dont like  too alkaline but will still grow in it.  for me they prefer ordinary garden soil  ...rich soil produces heavy top growth that often needs to be supported if heavy rain and strong winds occur.

the lupin aphid is a large one initially from America I think.  i dont like sprays but a soap spray as buds are forming works for me. slugs arent a problem either but snails are...after flowering and they devour the foliage

lupins are such beautiful plants and there is nothing quite like them in our gardens at this time of the year

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:04

i grow several lupins.  they dont like it too alkaline but will still grow in it.  for me they prefer ordinary garden soil  ...rich soil produces heavy top growth that often needs to be supported if heavy rain and strong winds occur.

the lupin aphid is a large one initially from America I think.  i dont like sprays but a soap spray as buds are forming works for me. slugs arent a problem either but snails are...after flowering and they devour the foliage

lupins are such beautiful plants and there is nothing quite like them in our gardens at this time of the year

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:26

pruned a friends pittosporum tom thumb 3 weeks or so ago...really hard back, prob to one third of its size.  its now leafing up beautifully. 

I trim my pittosporums...irene patterson, garnetti and a couple of tender varieties.......reasonably hard.  do this with shears, no need for secateurs.  they respond well but I agree now or mid summer is best time.

just a note about Johnsons Blue geranium.  its nice enough I guess but its a short bloomer.  there are now many better varieties...orion, rozanne, and, still think Jolly Bee is different,....that flower much longer still with beautiful blue flowers.

I dont like the idea of underplanting pittosporums with vigorous geraniums....this encourages a legginess and pittosporums look best clothed to the ground

Gooseberry help!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:16

hiya magical meerkat....love the name

could just be weather...cold, then hot, etc. not dropping or disappearing are they?  fruit there?

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 08:28

of course, fairygirl.  some of my own favourite plants yet forgot grasses....wot am I like eh?  stipa gigantea is a very tall, very impressive, summer long flowering golden oats grass...see through, light and airy with beautiful light movement.  stipa tennuissima is small billowing grass very tactile and very eye catching. there are loads of hardy perennial grasses...you can buy them as small plug plants to pot up before planting outso they would be economical to purchase. grasses, scented plants, evergreens

wish I lived nearer, tatiana, I would love to be involved in your creation.  but, not to rush, enjoy the planning and design over time

 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 08:09

morning tatiana

youve captured our imagination and thoughts.  scented pelagoniums....scented lemon, orange, mint leaves....in pots, lemon citriodora fantastic lemon smell, salvia elegans is the pineapple sage and has the most intense pineapple scent to the leaves.  I grow these in pots where people walk and brush past the foliage. grow heliotrope in pots too.....grow from seed and cuttings and the scent is of cherry pie and wafts around the garden.  put in some regale lilies.....again during june and july they heavily scent a garden.  scent, scent and more scent I think.  And there are shrubs for scent during the winter too.  i can see a truly wonderful sensory garden there and what a labour of love too

keep us posted tatiana

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 07:56

fairygirl..what? why? ...............................lol

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 07:50

exciting though Brummie?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 07:42

morning everyone...damp, misty n cloudy here..................

fairygirl, yes bit like that.  the main metal band is about 12" across with u-shaped "clips" on outside for canes to be pushed through

chicky, is Mori a new poster?  is he good at running committees then?..................................................

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:21

got a lot going on there Gilly............sounds great

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