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Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 15:59

Even more grasses for me   Still behind watching the recordings 


Posted: 15/12/2013 at 15:55

Just watched garden revival prog featuring one of my favourite groups of plants, viz., grasses.  Cannot understand why they are not more widely grown.  I have a group of Imperata ..blood grass.....that "out reds" most everything from mid summer to autumn.    Grow a couple of grasses and I bet you will be hooked 

stacey....sounds like a lovely day.  Making up for lost time now   Brilliant 

Still wet here..but warm....but got in a long and enjoyable walk with my dog spike.  Feel so much better and invigorated by being outside 

Riddle me

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 12:46

It's me, get it? 


Posted: 15/12/2013 at 12:43


Planting an azalea

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:40

try to get some blue muscari...not the invasive sort...and some snowdrops or brunnera hadspen cream in the foreground.  (lovely forget me not blue flowers for weeks in spring)


Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:37

who mentioned mince pies?


With thick brandy cream they are very nice.  and brandy snaps filled with brandy cream are yum 

more signs of life in the garden...lots of daffs emerging and new shoots on many shrubs.  Fat buds itching to open up on camellias, azaleas and rhodos.  spring is coming

Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:32

mahonia charity, for me, is very pleasant.  

there are dwarf types, albeit a little spreading, but i think they are not really pot plants.  They can be drastically pruned back to keep smallish....I have rejuvenated Charity from a straggly poor flowering 12' to a handsome 7' bushy flowering plant in 3 years.  As a pot plant I think they have issues....prickly so not nice by the front door, they seem to over react to periods of drought or over watering and their leaf drop is not pleasant

for winter scent, for winter colour and for nice variegation I would grow daphne odoraureomarginata.  

Riddle me

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:22

its ME 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:21

hmmmm.  I thought this was a notifyable weed.  

Carol, I share your concerns.  I no longer buy recycled compost from the council for this very reason, viz., that it is likely to contain invasive material.

I was under the impression that jap knotweed needs to be eradicated and this is official thinking.

Talkback: Colourful plants for winter

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:08

Sounds lovely happymarion. Agree about the grasses still looking good.  Miscanthus varieties ESP stand up well to gales etc.

Mahonia Charity is looking superb right now with solanum album flowering behind.  Dogwoods shining too.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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Now then, now then....

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