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Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 16:42

Ok....So, principle is sand needs to be ph tested too.   Learn something new every day I guess.  Thanks Salino

Ironically  I have a good sandy loam here, ESP in back garden that grows most things.

IDGM, envious a bit that you have ericaceous,soil and plants.  I grow Rhodos, azaleas, etc,in pots but can grow camellias and pieris in the ground.  However, best to grow what we know our,soil supports.  Any ericaceous  favourites?

Need your help

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 16:34

Blair, try Perhill nurseries.  They supply small plants but they are cheap and good value.

What are these?!

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 16:32


Warm welcome.

I Guess it's all been said.   Whenever,you see the oxalis just,dig it out and bin it.  Dig to get all of it,out,with the soil.

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 13:16

Hiya Salino.

Have to agree to disagree I guess.  I'm always ready to learn though.

Always understood sand to be neutral to alkaline.  Here our beach sand is alkaline without a doubt....tested it many times.  

I don't mind if people just ask a question and "go".  I enjoy the repartee, the disagreement, the debate, the information, and the general chitchat here but  many just pop in for an answer.  

IDGM, have done that mix too to get,very low acidity.  Do,you grow blueberries and cranberries?

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 09:09

You is groselly misstakin Fairygirl  and you is grandmatically incorrect in wot you rite.  Go back to skool


Posted: 29/06/2013 at 09:02

Fairygirl.....but of course.  My very own blueberries.  


No, I is a lying naughty man.  Bought them but mIne are nearly ready.

Dove, great minds think alike.  I'm having a bright magenta manicure too!  

Nice you look in your elderly parents......took my own mum to docs yesterday.  She's 91 but much of her concerns are things she gets panicky about.  Her doc is very good and took time to talk to her.....better than any medication.  Re parents.....when they're gone, they're gone so need to value and care for them whilst we can


The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 08:49

Glad John asked about the "ping" thing.  I didn't know that either.    Will do that myself then.

Hate to say this but it's the girls who seem to cotton on to these things whilst us blokes plod on indifferently.  However, we are more cleverererer...........!

Daft things I do?  I only sprayed a dahlia in a pot with strong insecticide last week .....I over concentrated it and poured it over the dahlia.  Knew it made no sense at the was meant to control bug worm in geraniums......but still did it.  Dahlia now looks's not. It will recover.  But wot a silly billy I am at times.  Ironically, I'm replaciNg with soap sprays so won't do that again.


Posted: 29/06/2013 at 08:36

Morning everybody.  Hope you are all well

Looking cloudy here but very warm

Ive lost my appetite lately ....eating my brekkie and reading the posts.  Had porridge with blueberries, toast n marmalade and couple boiled eggs almost cooked.  Like I said my appetite is poor at mo.....bit concerned about that!  But, lunch soon so I guess I'll be ok.

Overnight more plants have opened their flowers and suddenly deschampsia grasses are flowering.  (in damp soil or good soil deschampsia is hard to beat for flower power and subtlety) 

Got my time booked today but will be going to nursery to collect echinaceas and, no doubt, something else that appeals

Enjoy the weekend all....hope those holidaying down here get nice weather

Wrong information from the BBC

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:40

Absolutely true.  Agree with every word.  I grow this in pots of ericaceous soil....still in glorious flower after several weeks.  It's roots aren't too deep and it's not a hungry plant so plant it in a pot and plunge it in the garden

I found it to be more tolerant of lime than most other ericaceous plants though so pretty easy to grow and tend

Worth growing for its intense blue rivalling any other blue plant

Good warning IDGM

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 00:33

Yes I too like the kalmias....for acid conditions though.  Sandy soil is alkaline.

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