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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:16

Dag nam it....beaten by    Greetings everyone 

Hope you are well Matty

It has been hot today....23 at lunchtime. Not much gardenIng...too darn hot....but planted out convolvulous cneorum, geum tangerine dream, agastache black adder, and some regale lilies.  tempted to plant tomatoes too but....well, just was too lazy!

Niviac, settled in yet?  

Evergreen bushes

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:06

An evergreen azalea or rhododendron will happily grow in a large pot whatever the situation.

In sun choisya ternatta.....the Mexican orange rich green, richly scented evergreen  that can be pruned to nice topiary shape.  Taxus Standishii is lovely erect yellow conifer and Taxus Coppershine is orange in spring turning to yellow in summer.  Easy conifers resistant to scorch or browning

Phormiums or,yellow foliage can look very impressive

In partial shade pieris is good as is camelia if no early morning sun. Hydrangeas too are excellent if you can water well


Talkback: Peach leaf curl

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:49

Peach leaf curl is caused by rain...the spores in the air are brought into contact by rain to infect the plant.  In spring and early summer plants need to be covered...greenhouse, umbrella, parasol, etc.  in summer the leaves have resistance.  I have 2 peach bushes and currently they are in greenhouse and will be taken outside in june.  Bordeaux mixture is ineffective if infection exists. Peaches can be trained against a wall with polythene sheets draped down.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 17:47

I had trouble with T & M a few years back.  They supplied echinacea plugs that were much smaller than expected.

I complained....just a defensive attitude from T & M.  I complained again, more forcibly....."plants not fit for purpose"....and got full refund.

To successfully complain you need to be persistent, to contact manager, to stand your ground and DEMAND a full refund.  Believe me it works.  I complain about everything that fails to be up to expectation and never lose.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 17:12

Mine were bought last autumn and subsequently potted on several times.  Since end January they have been left outside.  They are to be planted over next couple of weeks.

Its mild here so their hardiness is hard for me to judge.

T & M advertise these plants as hardy perennials so if they are not buyers should expect a refund.  I will watch this thread with interest

Lawn not so good

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 16:59

Same problem I had.

I once craved the perfect lawn....cylinder Mower to match.  Too much work and unrealistic to maintain that perfect fine leaved lawn

Now I use a rotary mower for very reason you suggest..the cylinder just mowed over the prostrate long blades of rough grass.  I also raised the cut.  My lawn is lush, green and even....looks very good.  It is now a mixture of grasses.....I oversow with dwarf grass seed and it works well with the finer grasses

I am now not so obsessed about an "immaculate" lawn but am well satisfied with it


Posted: 06/05/2013 at 11:45

Hey KEF thanks for that.  Was nice.

Matty, get well very soon.  Just do that little bit then and rest.  You will recover that much more quickly.

Niviac enjoy your day of laziness in the


Posted: 06/05/2013 at 09:12

When I see these spammers I simply select "ignore" option.  


Posted: 06/05/2013 at 08:45

Hi eeveryone

I know what you mean ANG. It's part of  my breakkie routine now to  read the posts on the forum

Looking fine again.  

Could be busy in the garden or might do other stuff.  Loads of plantIng to do though.

Hope everybody enjoys the holiday


Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:09

Hiya wood green

I don't think ants should be killed for fun ......all life is part and parcel of our system! As you say they provide food for woodpeckers..but in a lawn ants aren't nice ESP if you want to sit on it

I think ants will again be a regular topic this spring and summer

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