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Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 19:43

Before you add more mulch WATER well.  The idea of a mulch is to conserve moisture already in the soil. Water as well as you can.  If weeds are annuals you can hoe them off first then let the sun dry them off for few hours then water then mulch

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 18:56

Hiya matty

I grow black adder, blue boa (this is my favourite), sangria, raspberry summer, summer Love and summer sky.  I guess they will be tender further east and north but already I have taken basal cuttings.  Don't have apricot sprite....will look it up.  Sounds good.  I'm trying to avoid those that seed everywhere so deliberately avoided them.  For sheer volume of flower on erect ...some very tall....plants what can beat agastaches?


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 18:48

Well, potty.....great post

I have  been arrested,for my nocturnal activities.....but I sleep walk, you see.

Now, Mrs garden......are you a dinner lady?  You sound so nice and I remember the dinner ladies always giving me extras.  Do I get cake now?

Hope everyone enjoyed whatever they did today.  Soon going to take my dog to,the towans

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 18:40

Tina,you saying just because I'm a simple unedikated cornishman that I domt know wots  going on?  I'll have you know I got a C in woodwork and highly commended for my attendance at school. And the headmaster addressed the whole school once about me and the,school garden peas....their disappearance!

Been hot again.  just picked load of blueberries and blackcurrants.  Isn't summer grand?

Not really gardening weather. I guess there are weeds to pull but by and large not a lot to do for moment.  When lupins are over I will plant up with cannas, Dahlias, and grasses to go,with verbena bonariensis


Long, narrow border ideas

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:11

Hiya fidget

I think labelling is a problem sometimes with lavendars.  I planted a lomg border too but I notice, now, that there is a difference between some of them.  However, they're flowering together and to all intents and purposes they look much the same.  They have blemded in together and look superb.  As long as your soil is well drained, the aspect is sunny, and it doesn't get very cold harsh winds over winter a lavendar hedge is hard to beat

I trim back lavendars as soon as planted too.   I think it helps achieve a more bushy hedge from the start

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


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