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Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:16


Best to hold back on planting out Pennisetum Fireworks just yet.  I grow this as well as Eaton Canyon and they need good warmth to grow.  I grow mine on in pots in greenhouse and then plant out in mid June...hopefully much warmer then.  Otherwise they just sulk and dont grow.  They are season growers....into growth as all pennisetums are but these are tender

Border design help please??!!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:58

For the smaller evergreen shrubs look at daphne .... Two are daphne odora aureomarginata and daphne Eternal Fragrance.  The first has lovely green leaves with thin yellow margin and fantastic scent in late winter.  The second has the same scent but flowers throughout the spring and summer.  

Look at santolinas too. They are "evergreen" but make mounds of silver grey aromatic foliage and love sunshine.  Lavenders too.  Rosemary have scent amd dark green foliage. 

Look at Choisya.  This makes a shapely evergreen shrub...scented leaves but it's the flowers.....they are white and have fantastic scent right now.  Will grow tall and bushy or smaller because it's easy to prune....just use shears to shape it into lovely mound.  Dont overlook scent.  

There is also a yellow choisya called Sundance....same scented leaves and flowers but with bright yellow foliage's bit smaller but lovely plant

Tall shrubs in shade

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:55

Fatsia not a tall shrub though. 

Rosie, how shady is it?  if you get a few hours of good light every day it would be ok 

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:52

In my paths I use weedkiller......if you dig up weeds you move the soil and expose further weed seeds which then germinate.  A spray in early spring and another early summer is effective

Membrane for a path is fine.  Just dont like it in flower/shrub borders. However, those annual weeds will still germinate in your gravel regardless of a membrane.  Weeds will colonise any situation.  


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:45


Morning folks

Just noticed how huge my Heucheras are this year.   Anyone else noticing this?  They seem to have enjoyed the weather.  Some of mine must be double normal size.  My stipa Gigantea too is better than it's ever been...7' tall plumes, must be 30 of them. So this cool spring has suited many plants.

However my runner beans, normally by now about 6', are only about 2' high!!

Crazee season. Have good day everyone 

Talkback: How to sow a lawn from seed

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:32

Hiya dilonstar

Remove flagstones

Turn over your ground.....ideally mix in some compost, manure, dried manure. Break up soil, remove big stones and weeds, roots etc.

Rake level.  Walk over it treading it do this by shufffling along on your heels.  Rake, tread down, rake, tread down, rake again.  The idea is to get firm soil and a level fine surface. A few days before sowing grass seed scatter some fertilizer and rake this in

When you sow seed sow in one direction and very LIGHTLYrake.  Sow in opposite direction and rake again.....these rakings are to LIGHTLY mix seed with soil not to level or move soil.

If the area is not too big I cover with fleece but this is not essential.  Lightly water seed if no rain.  Grass will germinate in under 2 weeks.

Good luck


replicating a little of what i saw

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:26

Kev, I grow them in my ordinary garden soil is well draining though.  I use perlite lot more now so I think I would simply add this to your planting mix.  I know they grow in very poor soil but they do better in reasonable soil I think.  Grit or perlite......just to ensure decent drainage

Where to go?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:21

Thanks woody. I think we share same thinking about Christopher Lloyd.  I'll see if I can see those letters top.  If I search for letters between chatto amd chris Lloyd?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:35

Always forget Beachgrove.  Thanks Fairygirl I'll tune in on Sunday for the repeat.

Any advise welcome

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:29


Hydrangeas would do well as long as theres some drainage.  With those stones it sounds like there is.  Aconitums would do well there..tall, leafy and lots,of blue flowers.  And arum lily.  I used to grow this in a pool.  

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