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Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 22:17

my kniphofias been attacked recently and this evening I got 'em. Big fat slugs.  

so far this summer I have had little damage from slugs and snails but large slugs are now emerging.  Time of year for them I guess. 

no more knipping for those guys now tho 

what "delicacies" are these slugs fond of in your gardens?

planting grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 20:53

B3, sorry meant to say.  rubrum is tender.  needs over wintering indoors and, from memory, needs a minimum of 4 degrees over winter. It is a difficult grass to overwinter too because it needs some moisture, light and to keep growing.  

A hardy alternative red grass ...but Imperata Red Baron.  Ofhers,,evergreen, are uncinia unciniata rubra and carex buchannii and comans bronze.

a medium well behaved "lighter" grass check out panicum is now developing delicate flower heads and crimson foliage

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 20:45

Piles of cream for me please 

New planting

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 20:41

As Fairy said if theyre big enough get them planted.

which grasses Jo?  You would not divide grasses in autumn but, paradoxically,,you could move them now (if you can get a good rootball)

whatever you think you can move without disturbing rootball too much...e.g. The shrubs if not too big.  Perennials can wait a few more weeks.  The sedums are brittle stemmed snd will certainly break if moved.  (If any stems have broken now, maybe because of recent wind and rain, use them for cuttings.  They will root quickly now

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 20:34

Fairy, do you find ligularias well behaved? 

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:54

Oh yes Marion.....forgot hibiscus.  almost in full flower now 

dont forget the evergreens that are looking good right now.  This afternoon I took to my cordless hedgetrimmer "toy" to smarten shrubs trained for shape.  Cones and mounds provide structure, " weight" and colour 

planting grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:36

Hiya B3

the miscanthus, all of them, grow big.  I divide mine every 3 years or so.  Do you want to plant perennials with them?  I.e. Heleniums, rudbekias, veronicastrums, whatever?  

my big grasses are at least 10 to 15 feet enable perennials between and to create varying heights and textures.  as I said, you can divide these to keep under control and you can move them too if you want to.  You prob will so it is not crucial can change spacing

unless you want a prairie grass planting where nothing else but these grasses will be planted then you can space 3 to 5' apart.

pennisetums too can spread quite rapidly although much shorter.  Again be prepared fo lift and divide every 3 years or so but these can be 3' away from other perennials.

carex testacea is compact....will enlarge every year. I again divide to provide more clumps

I could post some pictures to illustrate their scale and habit right now.


Soil beneath rhododendrons

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:23

Hello Christine

nice size area and it would be good to keep it acidic there, wouldn't it?  Or do you want to make it more alkaline?

what you decide determines what plants do use there

garden compost, leaf mould..if you can get it, and ericaceous compost when you plant anything.  Mixed in well with your soil.  Everything mulched.....pine bark for example.

one fern I like is fhe japanese painted prefers more acidic soils.  

Do you want to plant more rhododendrons?  Dwarf varieties but lots of shrubs and perennials that like acidic soils

exciting Christine! 



what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:09

Aim to have something in flower for every month a target anyway.

spring is usually full of flowering bulbs, for example, and lots of fresh new colourful growth so you can consider planting things for this late summer will still get the new growth in spring of these plants but the benefit of the flowers now.  

hellebores too but in in late winter and spring but providing good foliage over fhe summer as a foil for the summer flowers.

Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:01

No lyn, a ton of feathers is lighter than a ton of lead.  

Wouldnt want lead in my duvet.......!!

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