Verdun


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What goes with what?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:06

Bekkie get rid of the pampas grass for a start....it's a plant for isolation and space.  It's also a thug and not nice around children (those leaves are sharp)

Not sure about the colour wheel, dove, perennials can be moved and divided to ri g the changes if things clash.

Heucheras and pinks go well together Bekkie.......out of flower the blue evergreen foliage of pinks comtrast beautifully with red/purple evergreen Heucheras.  In flower too they blend. 

Whites?  Never put 2 different whites together....one will always outdo the other.  However whites are essential for me. They never clash with anything.  

Try to understand how big your geraniums might be.....some swamp everything others more restrained.  

Plan now, on paper, how your plants will look, complement one another and contrast.  Think of the winter scene too.  Can you get some structure, even low forms....erect, upright like grasses. Libertias, Phormiums, ......over the off season? 

Seems like you have sun and shade there too.......so plant accordingly.  Plants actually look better when they are happy

How about a list of exactly what plants you have, what you may add and a description amd size of your border?

Bad year for Impatiens?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:51

Tend to agree that, although apparently free of mildew now, impatiens do seem to lack vigour.  

I grow a few new guinea vsrieties .....cuttings every year......and they are very good.  However, they lack the charm and pure floriferousness () of the standard varieties. Also they seem to flower later in the year.....mine have flowered for a month or so.

It should be a good year for impatiens......if grown in the shade.  Don't  like squashing plants in together but the odd white tucked in bare spots in the shade look good I think  or, conversely, a bed of them (that's exactly what I plan to do for next year somewhere now I've thought about it.....7 or 9 white new guinea impatiens interspersed with jap blood grass)

Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:39

Back on top form Mike 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:36

Storm has passed leaving legacy of extremely humid air. Dry and plants look refreshed.....as atter of fact a dahlia looked up and said "thank you" to me.  It's true 

Although hot I'm glad we don't have heat many of you are enduring.

Our local council is changing care providers for vulnerable people....disabled, elderly,,autistic.....and it's causing a lot of distress.  Many are confused, frightened and    Upset.  Can only imagine their fears but it's hardly "care" is it?

Glad I took pic of agastache last night....the lupins alongside them were the (only) casualty of the storms last night, as I expected . No probs, they have been flowerimg for weeks now. (my local GC has some womderful lupins, some of the best I've seen, but I will resist temptation to buy right now) 

 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:41

Actually, think the plants will love it.  Mind you I've got few delphiniums flwering for second time...they're well supported so should be ok.  Some lupins may suffer but I'm glad to cut them down now as  other  things are taking their spotlight.  

The thunder though puts us in our place.....the sheer power and vibration of that noise  makes me realise how puny I am.....well, not me but everybody else 

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:14

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:05

BizzieB

Looks lovely there.  Here it's thunder, lightning, heavy rain 

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:33

We are friends Orchid.  Can you lend me £ 20 please? 

flamingo willow

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:31

In that case cut them off.  I would use a sharp/ Stanley knife

Osteospermum not thriving this year?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:05

In that case, I'm sure they will flower....Jusf later that's all. Bet you on that 

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