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The Canny Gardener

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:02
Terry, complain. You must complain. You are entitled to plants "fit for purpose" and should not have to make do with what you have received.
Speak to the manager, politely, say you have mentioned this on the forum, you are very disappointed and ask how they will rectify the matter.
Probably you will be sent fresh batch.....Point out you will accept if delivery is immediate as you intended to pant up by now.
I have never failed to have plants replaced or refunded
Just be calm, resolute and expectant of the company's goodwill
Let us know terry

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:54
Salino, your garden is lovely. Artistic, well designed, stylish and a joy to look at. Nothing like a picture to show how things can look when well grown and plants well chosen. Some ideas there.
Do you grow anything else Salino? Veg or fruit?

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:46
Salino agree about stipa gigantea....the best of all flowering grasses I think.
I was asked privately for my ideas but.thought the forum would be ideal. I love getting ideas from people too so watching this space. I've sometimes seen plants put together without apparent thought that looked brilliant together so........
The plan is to plant up ASAP I believe. Ground is ready. Conditions getting perfect.
I thought about Nandina but I fail with this one. Anyone growing it if so

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:36
Don't dismiss ferns...lovely varieties like Ursulas red. Silver grey/blue foliage with red stems.
Bowles golden grass is beautiful.....yellow stems, leaves and billowing flower heads. Plant with aster frikartii monch for blue n yellow from late summer. Squeeze in rudbekia Goldsturn too for late summer magic.
Hostas and astrantias if soil is reasonably moist. Dicentra spectabilis....the white is lovely.....and aconitums would excel there. try salix Hakuro Nishiki ON ITS OWN ROOTS. Usually they are seen as half standard trees but can be had as dwarf shrubs...lovely foliage. Mine is in partial shade.
Polemonium stairway to heaven is variegated perennial with blue flowers in summer...perfect for your position. Mine is near a dwarf purple berberis for great contrast

gravel on lawn

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:19
Just rake it off then brush it off when lawn is dry. Maybe have to reseed a bit! Spring feed will help too

Keeping p,ants compact

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:17
To keep pants compact tighten belts.
Mahonia can be cut back very hard...very hard..without probs. in fact, they benefit from it.
Not just my own but I have rejuvenated other lanky, thin flowering-at-the-top-only mahonias. They usually flower following year too. The result of such pruning is to make for bushy pants.....plants... with more flowers

Got any 'ose?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:10
Tina, another quick move in short time!
This is one of those plants that I often change my mind about...viz., where it should be to look its very best.
Ok....plant where you think it should be. Get decent hole dug first so plant is out and then in again ASAP. ,loosen roots a tad but try and keep rootball intact. Does it need to have a stake?
I try to keep,tight round head so I prune in way I've already said, always to double buds
It's pretty good time of the year to move it but no later
good luck tina

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:24
Oh and a scarecrow featuring punkdocs angry trousers of course

Peach tree

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:16
Yes, I think it should be ok.
Did you dig decent hole? Put some goodness in it? Did you water it in?
You did well at that price...very well

A few points.
Peaches do well in pots
They suffer in spring fom a disease that affects the leaves...peach leaf curl. If you can cover it or grow in a greenhouse at this time you will avoid this problem. One reason to grow in a pot.
They need protection from spring frosts....again in a greenhouse would be better.
If you decide to keep it in the ground. Throw fleece over it NEXT spring.
Enjoy your peaches...nothing better than your own fresh peaches

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:24
Got more info now
25 feet long by 3 feet deep. Good, moist, deep well worked soil.
Aspect two thirds in full sun ..bit more shade in rest. Possible frost pocket.
Enclosed garden. Protected from winds. Climbers like honeysuckle already established.
Want all year round interest. And attract bees, butterflies etc

To me that plot is good inviting so many possibilities. Only 3 feet deep so bit limited.

Verbena bonariensis shouts out..perfect for bees etc, light tall attractive for months. Budleia harlequin with it's variegated green white foliage is a must too. A couple of miscanthus variegatus......attractive white well as some spikey plants like Veronica's, agastaches, dwarf delphiniums. A couple of good well chosen hellebores, couple of hostas, Heucheras and a wonderful grass called hackonechloa would be on my list. Carex testacea is lovely olive "grass" that would grow well there. A mixture of mounds and spikes....campanula dicksons gold, a lovely evergreen yellow mound with blue flowers next to elymus magellanicus,a blue grass, next to dwarf purple berberis...endless possibilities.
Certainly have good astrantias there as well as astilbes
Daphne eternal fragrance is a must there, some where, too. An evergreen small shrub that flowers for months. A couple of spots for the blue salvia patens and lilium regale bulbs for fantastic scent. Oh, gotta put in allium purple sensation dotted about too
Any ideas folks?

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