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Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:30

sarah how about nasturtians?  they thrive on neglect and poor soil

Choisya Ternata - Urgent Replacement and Advice Needed

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:28

i was going to suggest berberis myself.   there are evergreen kinds, viz., one called Darwinii,which is prickly, dense, relatively quick growing with orange flowers in spring.  its very attractive and can be easily pruned to shape.  i use a hedge trimmer.

could you put in a length of barbed wire until plant grows?

dont "relocate" your other prob will die.

maybe you could put ina couple of berberis.  put plenty of compost and manure in the hole and some fertiliser and water well.  you will soon fill the gap.  for speed of growth how about a buddleia?  not evergreen but almost with a woody structure over winter.

i feel so angry for you Jinxed.  it sounds quite a rough area? be nice to lie in wait with a catapault wouldnt it?

dont get too down.  your replacement will soon do its job


Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:29

Lithodora does like acid soil but I grow it on my neutral ground.  A sequestrene spray in early spring is all I do to keep it healthy.  Or, grow it in a pot to cascade. ,ericaceous compost, terracotta pot and lithodora .....lovely evergreen sight

A better blue than geranium rozanne is Orion.  And Black Beauty too has deep dark true blue flowers......bonus is it has purple black foliage and is a well behaved compact plant

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:21

Morning Kleeblatt

Dont bother with the glyphosate stick.  Its not,very effective I think.  

Spraying 3 or even 4 times from spring to September will kill,bindweed

Nin, persevere with glyphosate.  Diggimg merely spreads the bindweed roots. When you spray you need 5 to 6 hours of dry weather....if it rains within that time your bindweed will not be killed.  Also I find cloudy weather much better too...maybe sunshine evaporates the chemical.

Gooseberry Plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:13

Hiya david

Definitely gooseberry sawfly.....caterpillars will devastate a bush in couple of days. ,it weakens the bush but will not kill it.

Solution is to,look for caterpillars in early spring,and physically remove them.  Insecticides work too but I don't like to spray food.

Dont burn your bushes.  Feed them now.  You can spray with a winter wash that kills gooseberry sawfly larvae in the autumn/winter.....I would do this.  

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:34

I grow rozanne and jolly bee.  They are supposed to be the same.  It's difficult now to compare since I have split them both to plant in several places and was careless in keeping tabs with labels.

I think jolly bee is more blue, less purple!

The sanguinium varieties are more compact...both rozanne and jolly bee are vigorous

Help needed

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:29

Hiya daisy nutcase.......what a brilliant name!

Plant those rhizomes in nice sunny warm position with the tops of the rhizomes uncovered by soil.  They need to bake as much as possible to,produce next year's flowers.  Ideally pin them in place to stop rocking. You can cut half of the top growth back to help stability.  Water well for few days then leave them alone

The best dicentra is........?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:25

Sounds like nice planting hollytree

I don't have the gold leaved form of dicentra but know,of it.  May be tempted to add to my collection though

Stipia Gigantia

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:22

You are all referring to pampas grass not stipa gigantea.  

The original question from Charlie was about stipa gigantea.....if this is what you have you need do nothing but lightly pull out loose dead grass and debris at the base.

By now,, if ??ou have stipa, your will be showing flowers or flowering stems

J Parkers let down

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:18

Morning hollytree

I agree exactly with you.  Bulbs good but plants awful

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