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New plant ideas

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:00

Michael, say what colours you like,,what sort of structure you may like, if you like evergreens, if you want a feature plant or focal point,,if you want scent, if you want something tactile,,etc.  yes a picture will be good

New plant ideas

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:20

Hiya Michael

there will be masses of suggestions I think

for the lowest level osteospermums, nepeta, winter heathers, campanulas, heucheras, hardy geraniums, etc.  Shrubs like cistus, hebes, euonymous, potentillas, Senecios, hollies, deutzias, pittosporums.   Perennials like phormiums, rudbekias. Asters, hererocallis, crocosmias, etc

Advice please

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:05

Peg, you can overdo fertiliser I think.  Fish blood and bone for me too.  Hiwever a thick organic mulch is better for established plants than fertiliser.  

An overuse of fertiliser can make plants grow too lushly and less robust So dont go overboard


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:57

Rows for me too.  Heavy duty metal poles,,strong wires, supports and mesh.  I always have a huge crop so strong supports necessary.

however, a wigwam.....sorry folks, I call it a wigwam ok.  I made a metal ring ... 30 cm diameter.....with location points for bamboo canes.  Surprising how much extra space is thus created for growth of beans or sweet peas.  Lovely sight for sweet peas of one colour.  A white fragrant wigwam in mid summer is superb 

a wigwam should not blow over though.  Put a strong cane in the middle and you have a very robust framework


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:48

Good luck then Hosta.  You will have more time on your estate 

Saw some of the chelsea show.....I have a feeling there will be more time given to the great pavillion.  Hope so.  apparently there are a few new plants.  

Perfect blue sky now 

How much water should I be watering Canna?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:44

I thought you can magic good weather Fairy!  I guess I do forget it is slightly milder down here.  Shivering today though.....14 and cloudy.  

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:40 lots of nurseries around though........some big some little gems.   Wootten would be nice around the corner though 

Geranium 'Anne Thomson'

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:31

A warm outdoor spot but not in direct prolonged sun. Its now warm enough outdoors 

Geranium 'Anne Thomson'

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:10

I grow Ann Folkard ..........not much, if any difference, between this and Ann Thomson.  In pots they looked identical when I visited a small nursery recently.   I find it one of the easiest hardy geraniums to propagate.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:04

 beautiful garden Joybell 

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