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Best Grasses for screening?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:25

Calamagrostis Overdam is lovely too Caral.  Same flowers, height and habit but with delightful variegated leaves.  You might want to check out panicum as well.....heavy metal and Shenandoah in particular.   


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:17

Garden girl dare you?  No sunshine in cornwall!    Without rain we would be a desert but at least the rain is warm!  I think overall we do pretty well for sunshine .....last week, for example,,saw us have some wonderful weather 

such is Cornwall's lamdscape that rain on the North coast can contrast with sunshine on the South coast.  The moral is try a different location 


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:11

Great news Hostafan.  Will he pay mine off too?  Pleeeeese!  

Enjoy your bonfire Bekkie.   I love bonfires.  Nearly always end up with a black face and smell the house out.  

Ordered a couple of hostas this morning.  Liberty and Touch of Class.  Should come tomorrow.  Exciting or what? 

planted out 3 large lupins so reducing the number of plants to go out over next few weeks. 

My mum's birthday this week.....she would have been 93.  Will have a family meal to remember her.  Met a guy on the beach this morning I havent seen for a while and his mother died this year too. She had suffered quite a bit with cancer so my mum had a more peaceful and pain free ending.  

Pretty good weather so far.  Dry and mild but no sun......

Arum Lily shoot eater

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:00

I think it is slugs Franco eating your arum

dont know what that red tick and eggs are...sure someone will know here


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:51

Good luck today Dove.  All part of closure, isn't it?  


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:26

Morning folks

Quiet, calm dry but overcast here.  Rain to come later I think

have good day everyone

Free Council Compost

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:48

I have used recycled council compost but not now.

the concern for me would be the quality of It.........who knows? ,perhaps pieces of Japanese knotweed or other such nasties!

the compost I had was only partially broken down and pretty dire I thought.  Many years ago now and did no damage but, no, I would never use it again 


hardy plants for a newbie

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:56 lilies...crocosmias like Lucifer, aster frikartii Monch flowering for weeks and weeks in summer, grasses, phormiums, heathers (winter flowering and coloured foliage).  Shrubs like buddleias, hebes and pittosporums.  And convolvulous cneorum, santolina and artemisias will provide silver or grey mounds of foliage unaffected by winds.  variegated evergreens like euonymous emerald and gold. Hardy geraniums with blue,,pink, red, purple and even white flowers will do well there.  Echinaceas, salvias and veronicas and dwarf cannas?  I think verbena bonariensis will be good there too for some height. How about fennel?  Both the green and purple varieties will stand up to the wind.  

Ideas for a burial plot

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:36

Hello,Marben.  Welcome. 

Lovely idea but difficult to get it right isn't it?   Wanting to do justice to your daughter by reflecting your love for her in the planting?  

I guess most of us have been in this situation at some time.  It would be easier if we didnt care so much but we want it special don't we?

I'm not strong on wild flowers but what about lavendar somewhere there?

on the towans behind me wild flowers like oenothera missouriensis (prob spelling incorrect) or evening primrose looks amazing with those yellow flowers.  Nature has put these with vipers bugloss spikes of flowers make an attractive natural plantIng out there.  Valerian too.  Comes in red, pink and white flowers.

Im also fond of nepeta/catmint. Easy, spreading aromatic leaves and blue flowers all summer,

is there a flower/plant your daughter liked especially?  

Whatever you plant there it's clear how much she means to you so don't try too hard to be perfect there.  I'm sure you will do your daughter proud 

Advice needed re planting

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:21

Well,  Grace, what a fabulous plantswoman you are.  Really nice there 

probably not what you are "in" to, but have you considered a grass for the centre piece?  Stipa tennuissima billows and creates movement.  Or a phormium?  Or Libertia.....evergreen with olive suffused red leaves?  Or a Carea like Comans Bronze.......always moving,,upright then cascading pinky red leaves......or testacea which has olive/yellow leaves? 

Or, away from the grasses theme, how about a tall summer-long blue flowering Agastache like Black Adder for your centre piece?

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