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Talkback: Plants for damp shade

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:19

Astilbes are perfect for damp shade.....nice varieties available now including a black/purple leaf.  Acteas.  Brunneras. astrantias.  Ferns, hostas, etc.  Hackonechloa is a beautiful deciduous grass with a classy colour and habit and will look good there.  


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:13

As I understand it pruning makes quite a difference.

pruning hard near to the ground will produce larger...and heavier...flower heads Inclined to flop.  Pruning halfway will produce sturdier growth with slightly smaller flower heads that will not flop.

So Laraine I would prune those spindles just below half way.  Over watering will produce lush stems too so moderate moisture and light feeding in spring.  ( your hydrangea does not need the copious water supply that mopheads and lacecaps need).  And it needs reasonable sunshine too ..again different to usual hydrangeas.


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:03

Good luck for 30th Hosta....hopefully it will all be fine

beautiful day ....and what rain lately?  Ha ha     Try to get out in the garden soon but all still looking good so prob leave well alone. 

Will watch Bake Off...prob tomorrow.....but what is the point of decorating food?  I'm only interested in the taste and eating asap.  

Tried to cheer up my stroke-affected cousin earlier.  He is lucky...very lucky...compared to most who suffer strokes.  He has a escapes me, ironically, beginning with A........?  because of hus stroke......that is frustrating and hugely depressing for him.  ( got it, aphasia I think, but will check it out) .  Scary though how a stroke can come from nowhere to cause such life changing devastation.



Posted: 07/10/2015 at 07:29

Hello forkers

nice, dry and warm feeling morning.  Pleasant walk with Spike in semi dark....just about see where I'm going

the rain seems to have largely by passed us here and forecast is for a few dry days too.  

Miscanthus Gold Bar ...always a little now flowering.  10' tall plus now.  Much taller than the books and grass suppliers say 

garden is eerily quiet....nothing moving at all 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 23:46

Victoria you have made me feel very lazy.  Like your style...smacks of impulsiveness that I am familiar with.

been a lovely day.  Very warm at times.  Just a little cutting back, potting up of a few bulbs but gardening today took a back seat.

planning though a little.  Thinking I can improve on things just a little.  It's been a summer of vigorous growth because of the warmth and plants are in need of dividing a year earlier I think.  Decided to donate surplus plants to a couple of deserving people and charities.   So, more thinking than doing today 


irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:28

Several online in 2 to 3 litre pots Lee.  Why not enquire about height?

a 60 cm tree would fit in and grow better Lee in those pots.

i am amazed at how often the suppliers under estimate the growth of these conifers.  Your 60 cm yew will be 20 cm taller and much bushier in 2 years...

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:14

And Bertie the bus 

irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:00

Thanks Lee.  Yes standishii is a good companion for most perennials.  


Posted: 06/10/2015 at 16:09

Gertie,, what a kind person you seem to be.  Ok, I will regard my neighbour's endeavours as a fom of flattery.   Feels better already ....ha ha 


Posted: 06/10/2015 at 14:05

Should have looked around for a witness Fidget.  I have been so lucky ....either a witness, or a signed starement admitting blame or to call the police to sort.  People have a nasty habit of denying the truth and switching the blame.......

beautiful day  Yes hot in the garden.  Cut a few battered ....only a few....stems from dahlias weighted down with sodden flowers.  

Fresh oil supply today .....domestic oil bill has never been so little.  All set for winter now when it gets colder 

Next door had diggers etc in to remove a whole planted area....roots, soil and stones.  A hedge has gone too.  Expecting another visit from her next door to cadge plants.  She is someone I can't take to.......copying me constantly and she has some plants that I know she pinched cuttings of.  So, sorry Mrs Next Door, haven't any plants to spare.  Now others are different....I will root and produce a plant for, divide a plant for and even plant a plant for 

UK are racists the other parties screamed.  How dare they suggest controlling immigration?  And the hype from the masses too!  Teresa May now admitting we must control immigration because we just cannot cope with the numbers on so many levels.   Sorry folks many of you were part of the "masses".  I'm far from a racist but not afraid to say the unpopular.....or is it so unpopular?    you aint seen nothing yet...we really will be in trouble 

Right...I'll get my coat 

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