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Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:49

How did you do Archie?

Nice happy picture.  Isnt life great at that age?


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:46

Great minds berghill....!


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:44

Hiya lunar jim

It sounds like your soil is dry there.  Honeysuckles need some moisture.  The mildew is prob the result of being too dry.  Feeding wouldnt help either.  Planting sunflowers nearby would not have caused this but I bet your sunflowers are happy in that dry spot...?  If this was early in the season I would have said cut it back and water well but   I think just plenty of water is best course of action so late in the season


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:36

Hiya. Michael.   Picture didn't load for me.

However, I share your enthusiasm and satisfaction in clearing your garden. Something most of us have had to do too.

I get the impression you have a good idea of what to do.......?   Getting plenty of compost, manure, mushroom compost etc into your veg plot is the most important thing now.  Digging quite deeply and trenching in all this goodness.  I'm a devotee of no-digging......apart from a runner bean trench all my compost is spread over the soil.....but you need to dig it initially.  A PH test is very important.   Veg generally need neutral to alkaline soil.  If you have acid soil mushroom compost will be useful to correct this.  

Thought of fruit?  Gooseberries, blackcurrants, rhubarb etc. would fit in well in veg patch...? Wish you well.  Nothing like eating your own fresh carrots, peas, beans, lettuce, onions, Beetroot etc.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:25

There's no need of a FAQ section is there?  The questions come in or the comments do as and when they occur.  Also a "newby" has a personal answer to his or her question and we get to know that person that way. It doesn't really matter if a question is repeated.  They're not being asked for the sake of it.  Besides, someone different may answer with a slightly different perspective. I dont mind of a question is duplicated.  The answers come in the form of conversation.  this is an informal spontaneous forum.....don't like the idea of a reference section. Sorry Waterbutts.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:55

Hiya patsy...can't have you in "moderation"

Welcome to the forum.  Some funny people on this forum but I'm ok.............oops!

No, it's a great bunch here.......some very knowledgeable people that can sort most issues I think

Robinia Frisia?   You can cut this hard back.....late winter or early spring is best...and it will produce nice fresh foliage again.  



Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:34

Ok, dogwoods are good choice.....but go for yellow leaved variety, Aurea. And green and white variety, Elegantissima.  You get foliage colour in summer and those red stems from autumn to spring.  Cut them bard back in spring. 

You gotta have hellebores......try to get some mushroom compost in the planting holes.  Range of colours from white to yellow to red to pink, sIngle and double flowers and evergreen lush foliage.

Test your soil.....see if it's acid or alkaline.  This is easy amd cheap to do but essential.  When we know what your soil is we can suggest the right sort of shrubs. For example hydrangeas would look good there but if your soil is acid go for a blue variety.  If soil is alkaline go for a red variety.

Look to foliage for colour too.  Heucheras look good over winter with fantastic evergreen foliage, blue grass elymus magellanicus is a brilliant metallic blue colour, acorus Ogon is an evergreen yellow "grass" and ophiopogon nigrescens is an evergreen black "grass.  Campanula dicksons gold makes a yellow evergreen mound.  Carex buchanii is a foxy red coloured  upright evergreen grass.  How about winter flowering heathers?  They flower in winter and many have coloured foliage too.  Phormiums are grass like plants in evergreen reds, yellows and greens and make impressive structural impact. Could go on forever but euphorbias are good too......some have evergreen purple/red foliage, some green and white foliage and they have yellow spring flowers too.  Loads to consider for a brilliant winter garden




Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:15

Nice chicky.  Nice subtle blends.  Artistic, may I say?

The prairie planting only works with large scale open areas.  

Well, I got veronicastrum out and helenium in ...without stamping on anything....

......and with the rudbekias in full flower, salvia uliginosa in full flower, frikartii monch flowering, anemone wild swan, leucanthemum broadway lights. (what a fresh treat this is) and cannas, grasses, and dahlias including twynings after eight, acteas now flowering, etc. etc. in this  basically hellebore bed. ( they all grow in the spaces between the hellebores so very low maintenance) it's quite a show from my kitchen window.  I have astilbes amd astrantias too here to associate with my hellebores when their time comes.  Not a single annual there so colour there all  year round from perennials


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 13:14

Yes, veronicastrums are attracting the bees.  Agastaches and heleniums too

Its difficult siting some spikes but they need to be alongside dumpy or mound forms.  Often the experts say to put spikes next to grasses but that way neither looks distinct.  Maybe there is a new thread here but too many spikes together look "flat" agastache summer sky at 5', miscamthus morning light at 5' and growing and veronicastrum fascination just a bit shorter in same area.  Looks good but helenium the bishop is going to replace the Veronicastrum this pm. Bit fussy?  Probably

Got friends coming soon so better get on with my plant movements


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 08:58

Morning all

Hiya Swiss sue.  Don't know that one.  Been trying to get dark yellow hellebores for few years now.  Got some good yellows with same markings as Hantay.  I think you will find the pictures embellished just a tad......see what colour it is in the garden.  Dark yellows are still not available yet as I understand it.  Wanted a dark green double hellebore   But gave it to a friend couple years back.  It is not, in reality, so impressive.   However, good luck and post a photo when it flowers.  I shall be raiding your garden if it turns out like that

Going to add to my helenium collection this morning.  Will have to remove a veronicastrum though that is looking wonderful.  I have a better location for the veronicastrum.....I don't have the patience to wait until autumn to move it.  Want to see it NOW in its new position!

Bit cloudy right now but sun will burst through. 

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