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pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:59

Hello amerie2

Thats nice ..thanks.

It looks better now that my summer perennials and grasses are flowering. Those pictures were taken between spring going over and before summer got going.  But those evergreens will still provide something throughout the year and I guess that's what you want to.

I grow quite a few evergreen shrubs....I,love Taxus conifers that you prob are referring to.  Many shrubs can be "topiarised" after flowering too.  Things like choisyas, Ribes. Pittosporums, senecios, escallomias,etc can simply be trimmed to a rounded shape after flowering. Others like nitida Baggesons gold, euonymous, hollies, etc can also be shaped....following their natural habits....

A lot of guys on the forum can give you  advice too.  Find out what your soil is first.....light or heavy, it's ph value, etc.....then if it's a warm garden. (here in south west it's very mild)  what size is your garden?  What do you want to grow ?  Lots of flowers.?  Evergreens?  Low maintenance?  You,will be inundated with ideas.  

Maybe post a picture of your garden to give us an idea...?


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:48

Good afternoon Mrs G.  What do you teach?  Being nosey, but that's me!

Fairygirl,  Sweeney Todd, Jon creek, Monty ......? I am a man of many guises. 

. Actually when that guy fell on my hosta, kicking it too, well. What would anyone do?  I decided to plant an apple tree after I dug a 6' hole and.......oops!  Just between you and me, right Fairygirl?

Got back and cut front lawn looks goodlio now.  Except a lupin I thought was red, it's a late one, is flowering blue  next to purple salvia carradonna.  I have echinacea hot Papya in full flower in large pot so I guess it's goodbye to the lupin.  Ruthless me!

Buddleja hanging its heads - is this normal?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:36

Yes, I agree.  I planted a buddleia last year in spring. We tend to think buddleias like it hot n dry ...they do but not until,they are established.  A really good soak happycottontail tonight.   Let it drain away and soak it again.  Try and do same tomorrow morning.  Dont let it dry out this summer.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 13:03

Oh, dove....I understamd your frustration.  I had a hosta patriot and some idiot fell into it. ,to compound the matter he just laughed and kicked his legs in the air.  I killed him, of course.  I cut all the damaged leaves, 90% of the plant, gave light feed amd a,good watering and it is now looking superb.  It won't have any flowers, I guess (not a,concern to me anyway) but expect it now to remain pristine until autumn.  Hostas recover quite quickly right now I think


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 12:57

Morning everyone.

Thought I'd take a quick peek at the forum

Roasting here, as everywhere now I guess.  Luckily on the coast. The temps are moderated by the sea breezes....whatever there is of them right now. ....but still high 20's.  In the east of the county the Temps are higher and no cooling effect from the sea. It's what our summers should be about though 

Flowers are bit earlier this summer....aster frik monch for example is just about opening and yet another echinacea ....summer too

Stay cool folks and pace yourselves.....there's a lot of summer heat yet to come


phantom gardener

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:41

Never had a plant phantomly planted for me.  However, I have done that to people.  Knowing a particular plant ...or just wanted and then I go in quietly and plant it.  

Millers666, perhaps I am your phantom gardener!

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:37

Firstly cutting down stag horn sumach will produce suckers.  I always advise against growing this.  Suckers will crop up anywhere and everywhere.  Don't grow it. You may  kill the tree as you see it but the suckers are a different issue

In a lawn I would try lawn mixed already mixed as a lawn spot killer.  Glyphosate, no atter how carefully done, will kill the surrounding grass.  Mowing and spot treatment like this should work

Always best to try and dig up stag horn rather than cutting it down


Variegated Foxglove?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:58

Dove you need to take cuttings....can you do that?  I love variegated plants and this looks exciting.  Any woody piece witha variegated leaves?

For some reason I can only get first photo

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:58

It's still so hoooooooot.  Isn't it great?  Weatherman said it will last until the end of the month.,,few signs of sun fatigue so far in the plants but lawn begining to lose its lustre

Foodbank was hot and hectic.  Don't like being indoors when weather is so good.

Still have pots of cannas, echinaceas, grasses, dahlias etc to put somewhere.  They're in large 5 litre pots so looking good 

Going to put tv on to watch mr Titchmarsh .  I know it's not really gardening but it's a "nice" prog, it's "corny" and it puts a smile on people's faces


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:49

BusyL.  You have a lovely garden and by the sound of it a lovely person too, but........any kitchen advertisers will now be re-energised to post,their spam.  Yes, busy, get your

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