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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.

 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:30

Hmmm!  I posted last night but it didn't publish.  Shame, cos I offered £5 to every reply!!

Centaureas

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:27

Im not a fan of black flowers either too...seems in vogue right now...but this looks like dark purple.  If I can get it next to yellow foliage or blue grass I think it could be good

Replace conifers with fruit trees?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 00:00

Just get in there Blueboots.  The advice here and in the other thread Chicky referred to is sound.  I have never found conifers that difficult.   Physical work but the roots don't travel too far and they suddenly yield after digging and rocking.  Very satisfying and I enjoy it. Got one to do myself soon and relishing fhe new planting afferward.  A good autumn job.   Work in plenty of manure and compost and organic fertiliser before plantIng your fruit trees.

is-this-the-year-of-the-dahlia

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:39

Hiya Tomsk, no these won't make cuttimgs so put on compost heap.  You are doing well now...the torch patrol will sort out your voracious critters.  I do the same. -at this time of the year slugs n snails are back in force and, yes, they will be bigger.

Re cuttings.......not until the spring when new growth starts again

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:33

Hiya jeannie and welcome to our little forum

Im sure we can help you with fuschia advice.  Fire away!

We are a funny bunch here Jeannie but I am the sensible and very wIse one.  

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