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what plant to plant?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 16:28

Hiya winniecat

Its not a big border is it?  6' x. 6'.  Small tree may be too big there esp as ??ou already have some plantIng.  However, how about a Pieris?  I grow a variety called Flaming Silver......green and white leaves, red new growth and white spring flowers.  Evergreen too.  Not exactly prairie plant but would fit in.

 

Tomato pests

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 16:21

Yes Mary, prob caterpillars.  I deter them by hanging a fine mesh drape across the door opening and window opening.  Dont spray....no point growing your own if you have to spray.  Often caterpillars are motionless on the stems or they are under the leaves.....difficult to see very often.  I find they usually focus on one plant.  

Thinking ahead

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:51

Oh, not quite gardenImg but I will stop making jokes on the forum because I know they aren't punny, er funny!

Protecting a Hebe over winter

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:48

Hiya chris

Do you know the variety?  Is it a dwarf type?  If so ??ou could place a sheet of plastic or glass suspended over 4 short canes over it.  Take cuttings now too.  Fleece is good but it can amd does trap moisture.  Its the cold and wet that hebes don't like.  You could drape fleece over the glass and pin edges into the soil

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:34

Hiya Potty

Fuschias should take easily now. Get some,sharp drainage in pots and a poly bag and    You will soon have them rooted

Centaureas

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:31

Thanks Berghill.   Will,check it out.

You are spot on about the white cosmos fidget ...now the light levels are, albeit only slightly, diminishing the cosmos is shining .  Certain colours assert themselves now.  BLacks are difficult to display.....ophiopogon nigrescens, for example, has been tried everywhere.  It does get "lost" but in a terracotta pot it seems happy.  I also have it behind campanula Dicksons Gold and it looks good there too.  

Thinking ahead

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 11:03

Interesting thread Emma

Ive grown new plants this year.....new to me that in this garden.  Some were put slightly in wrong places.....moved most of them now....but they have delighted me.  So, I intend to try more plants next year. Going to remove 2 conifers .....they have served their purpose  and are now just occupying space......and plant out new beds.

Also take out all those plants that simply dont earn their keep......a few large clumps of hemerocallis, for example.  Also to add couple more grasses

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:50

Was the carrot bed used only for carrots?   

I think you could use this for tomatoes next year.  I would grow wallflowers, pansies, stocks, etc. over the winter and then mix in dried manure or fresh compost next spring plus an organic fertiliser.....chicken pellets or fish blood and bone.....to plant out your tomatoes.  

If too cold for outdoor tomatoes how about Beetroot, lettuce, radishes, or even strawberries?  As I write this I am tending towards strawberries.  Get the plants over winter from online supplier

In any case, I wouldn't waste it.  

laylandii-hedge-cut-down

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:16

Fairy, could you make the stump a temporary base for pot?

I removed couple of large shrubs few years back to make a perennial border.  Left the stumps there, albeit just below,the soil surface.  (not my style really...I usually dig up whole stump).  Used SBK on them.  The stumps have never been seen and each year      another chunk is chopped off.  Now they have almost gone

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:49

Good morning FORKERS.     Warm, bright but drizzle.  It's supposed to dry up soon but more drizzle again later.  Plants will love it.

Glad we aren't attacking Syria but it still leaves a bad taste that we are, apparently, turning a blind eye to the suffering there.

 

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