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Rubble in the border

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:54
Seems an awful lot of lime content there. Camelias tolerate more lime than rhododendrons, azaleas etc but not that much. The whole set up seems to be intolerable for Camelias even usIng ericaceous soil. Put your camelia elsewhere

One of my helebores

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:47
Yes red dahlia you can leave foliage. Niger will lose foliage over summer. Moonbeam, just remove tatty,leaves to keep it looking good plus remove old flowered stems. And, when older, some of the older stems to keep young. They are easy plants, excepting Niger which can be fussy.
I sense a tad frustration red dahlia.....just enjoy your plants and don't anticipate problems when occasionally they look below their best. All plants have seasons when they look superb and others where they are not.

A project for you all to enjoy!!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:38
Hiya red dahlia. You have outlined a bed hot, dry n sunny n windy from the east.
Phormiums spring to mind....evergreen and colourful. Red, yellow and striped.
Conifers aren't to everyone's fancy but usually it's because they grow wrong ones. Taxus....yews....are tough, resistant to wind, drought etc. some lovely yellow varieties. my favourite conifers. I grow one called spring it is a coppery orange and becomes bright yellow in summer. Purple pittosporum....Tom thumb.... Santolinas, which are silver grey scented mounds, lavendars, euonymous emerald n gold. Deciduous plants can offer substance too....woody shapes over winter and loads of flowers in spring n summer like Potentillas, caryopteris with blue flowers, hardy blue salvias, Veronica's, and dwarf berberis with purple foliage.
Penstemons come in a huge range of colours...pinch cuttngs?...pinks have scented flowers over wonderful blue foliage all summer, grasses like stipa Tennuissima with billowing clouds of flowers all summer, hardy geraniums like jolly bee a stunning blue all summer but pink and white colours too. You can make a stunning garden with foliage shapes and colours. As soon as I post this I will think of dozens of plants you can use.....others will add their ideas. Then look up what appeals and put,them,to paper. Tinker with it, change it and imagine it. You won't get it right totally but with most of these plants you can move them or split them

Tomato plants wanted

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 20:17
Natasha, sow seeds ASAP.
They will germinate very quickly and catch any plants you may buy right now. I sowed gardeners delight recently and they are already up

Shady spots

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:31
Some of the geraniums can hold their own against slugs. Astilbes seem resistant too.
Consider brunnera ....I grow jack frost.....lovely sky blue flowers and variegated foliage seemingly resistant to slugs

Good Evening FORKERS - Page 2

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:23
Hello mummy muddy paws
Hope you enjoyed your ginger beer
Hope you enjoyed my rather good joke..........I'm still laughing so it must have been special

One of my helebores

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:19
The orientalis ones flower now before the foliage.
Red dahlia, orientalis ARE evergreen. The usual practice is to cut the leaves off in December to allow the big fat flower buds to be seen emerging. You will see this from January and those buds elongate Into 45cm flower stems. Soon leaves will form and your plant becomes a mass of lush-looking leaves that will remain until you again cut them next December.
There are different have Niger but Corsicus is another and there are others.
Orientalis are the stars of this family

Plants for summer scent

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:10
That's true m0rce
I had purple surfinias one year and the scent was intoxicating

Good Evening FORKERS - Page 2

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 19:07
Good evening everybody.
Hope good day for all
Weather not too bad this pm....sun tried at times
Hey, whats big red and round sitting on my lettuce just now? It's..................a tomato
..........I'll get my coat

Plants for summer scent

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 18:57
I really meant annuals or perennials for summer scent.....nicotiana. For example?

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