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Which is which please

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:09

......and queen Victoria needs more moisture.  I grow it in my pool, for example.


Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:53

foliage does not look so black in photo ...maybe sun maybe my phone


Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:51

just taken photo



Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:14

Ok donutsmrs

Ironically sun is very bright out there or I would do it now whilst I remember.  

Pyracantha problems

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 19:21

Yes there is a fungicide for,pyracantha scab. You seem to,have done all the right things.

Amy pears nearby?  Pears and pyracantha suffer the same scab so need to be kept well apart.

Jusf checked out that fmgicide....the chemical ingredient is myclobutanil and apparently there are a number of sprays on the market


Posted: 04/09/2013 at 19:09

Agree donutsmrs

I don't have my own collection but have a few.......they are complementing my grasses and other perennials perfectly. Twynings  After Eight is fabulous dahlia......near black foliage and simple white flowers.   

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 18:11


Get the best shrubs you can.  Be discerning.  No rubbish. Your soil will determine your choice but decide on something for each season too.....not forgetting scent.  You are asking only for 5 shrubs so get the variety and colour you want of each and not get something because it is cheap,or available.  If in doubt read up on them.

In the winter you can get rootballed plants that are usually larger amd cheaper but not all shrubs can be bought this way.  I would get a couple of shrubs now after you have decided on their suitability.

An old adage as much for the hole as for the plant.  Not totally but proper preparation  of the plantIng site will repay you handsomely with far better and quicker growing plants.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 11:46

So, you are,building concrete walls......not stone and soil.....either blocks or stones cemented together?

The walls should taper in slightly so 3' at the top means 3' 6" at the base.

How high will the wall be?

Escallonia or griselinia would cope admirably with the salt spray as well as coping well with regular pruning.

Talkback: How to plant out dahlias

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:51

Yes, that's exactly what ??ou should do

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 09:17

Can only repeat.........beautiful long flowering and healthy for me.  I wonder if micro climate has something to do with it.  Bought it 12 months ago now and it has not had to suffer from any real cold weather.  

Kent61a, it will be interesting to read what RHS has to say to you ....they sell this plant!

Collecting another plant today and the recipient area will be of similar quality...viz., dappled shade, good deep soil, reasonable moisture.  But, again, we don't have severe winters!!

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