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Best dogwoods for stem colour

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:40

Midwinter fire is a weak variety.  Not good for me.  Gave mine to a friend where it grows very well albeit with its built in tendency for die back.  For a vigorous collection of coloured stems I would give it a miss.

Sibirica aurea (yellow leaves) elegantissima ( green n white leaves) have brilliant red stems.  There are others with maroon red stems and yellow stems.  I would give the green stemmed varieties a miss....they are overly vigorous, for me anyway. 

Less is more.....choose 2, 3 or 4 varieties only.  I find they are easily divided....a spade  cut will sever a piece to plant again.   A white hellebore or two in the forefront, white daffs, snowdrops and lovely soft yellow primroses make a beautiful spring picture 


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:27

Been lovely here today.  Mild n warm.

I think you deserve those choc liqueurs for getting bulbs planted Bob.  I've had to replace selection boxes, had to buy Cadburys roses boxes to refill the tins and....well the list is endless. 

Good luck Matty with eye op.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:53

Fascinating stuff keyser soze.  

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:50

Hiya brooklynguy

You are looking for fine gritty material...not pebbles.  Gritty washed sand from builders is fine. I live near the beach and can get sand there but, in my experience, it is not ideal for plants.  Too limey and too soft.

I use perlite for ,cuttings, seeds and for creating excellent drainage for plants in pots.  


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:39

Morning lily


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:25

Nice pic Stacey.  You must be very proud 

Not too cold ......fairly mild really,about 10 right now amd 7 overnight. And sun is said to say hello later 

The red stems of dogwoods seem to intensify now.......they make a nice colourful vertical for the hellebores   Very underrated shrubs until now I think. Anyone thinking of buying one or two consider aurea with yellow leaves all summer or elegantissima with green and white leaves to provide colour all year round. 

Tryng to trace a wonderful fruity scent yesterday ...sniffing just about everything.  Penny dropped;  I had topped up my windscreen wash with "berry" fragrant concentrate .....wot am I like?  

Pulmonaria! :)

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:05

Yes I know what you mean.  Some Pulmonarias retain their foliage well but others just died down. I always divide my plants in spring.

Off the cuff, how about grasses like stipa Tennuissima amongstthese Pulmonarias?  You mentioned echinaceas......I grow several of the newer....but more temperamental......varieties but Magnus purpureum and the white form would look good there too.  The Chyenne series has quite robust plants with colours of red, orange and yellow.  No summer drabness with this trio Ryan 


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 19:48

For the biggest onions sow seed over the Xmas holiday.  They then have almost the longest possible growing time before swelling commences around the longest day. It's always been my thinking on the subject.  Variety is important.  Good rich soil is important.  spacing is important.....further apart produces bigger onions

The best onions for me were when I used fish blood n bone to start with then added sulphate of ammonia or dried blood before midsummer's day and then changed to low nitrogen fertiliser for few weeks.  Then I just wanted huge onions


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 19:13

Sounds lovely Stacey 


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 18:45

Should have kept quiet.  Now everyone will get in on my money spinner 

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