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Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:20

For seed orders Thompson and Morgan are fine.  Dobies, D T Brown, Suttons, Mr Fothergills are all good.

don't confuse seed orders with plant orders.  I think most of the big seed companies are reliable.  I go by price when dealing with these companies because they are all of the same quality.  

For plants I shop elsewhere. seed is fine.  

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:36

And grow much more quickly than many think.  

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:05


Depending on final position a rich blue geranium would nestle beautifully at feet of limelight.  If sited by a path then  Geranium it will be.  However, I think it will prob be further back. 

So oranGe not popular then folks?   As in heleniums?  

I have some white foxgloves too for that area (originally planned for red hydrangea) but I think I will use them to sparkle some brighter colours elsewhere.

Victoria, I have persicaria Red Dragon.  Possible contrast to limelight's an idea 

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:54

Yes.  I would do it now

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:52

Sounds good .....maybe room too for a couple of dogwoods?

Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:48

A ph test too would be sensible.  What plants do your neighbours grow?  Any hydrangeas for example?  If so, are they blue or pink?   any rhododendrons growing there?

if your soil is acid mushroom compost would be disastrous if you want to maintain its current ph. 

As for trained fruit trees I too would opt for maidens.  Especially for espaliers as you can grow them to fit your framework and, as already said, they are much cheaper.  

You don't say how big your plot is, what exactly the tree is that's remaining or why you think your ground doesn't drain very well...except that parts are heavy clay.  Does water collect and not run away easily?  

I would spend time digging by hand, incorporating manure or compost, rather than rotovating.  This is better for removing any roots remaining and you get a better understanding of your it drains, how it feels etc.

I wouldnt be in a rush either to fill your space with plants.  If you have heavy soil you can choose plants to suit, thrive and look good as time goes by...season by season as you see them in garden centres.  Initially considered structure.....a couple of evergreens for example. 

Get your lawn in.....wouldnt dig holes though.  Mixing in grit as you go is better.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:25

So far I cannot grow foxtail Lily. I know how to in theory but it doesn't work for me.  Colour wise would be very nice.  

(Feel a proper pig now......just finished off someone's Toblerone and now I have to explain a plausible reason....?)

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:11

Glad Edd replied first because I assumed it was one plant to be split.

I would separate the 3 plants now.  They will grow better as individuals 

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:03

I have moved witch hazels successfully but not sure they take too kindly to it.  

Fluffy Cloud, mainly yellows,,bronzes, and reds.  witch hazels are lovely in flower but nothing special at other times so not really a centrepiece shrub I think.

as always, we gardeners disagree. Don't we love to?   I would move it immediately after it has flowered so in the next couple of weeks.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:57

Meant to plant hydrangea limelight today but looking for something special and different to associate with it

So far considered rudbeckias or geum  totally tangerine or lobelia hadspen purple around its feet, and heleniums, salvia uliginosa, and actea black negligee at a higher level.  However, these are my thoughts but any better ideas out there? Verbena Bonariensis spiking above it too...?

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