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Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 13:02

Buttercupdays, I'm pretty lucky down here though......loads of fantastic little nurseries and many supplying rare and tender plants.   And at relatively low prices.  I enjoy long conservations with most of the nursery owners and, one way or another, I usually get the plants I want.

Improve my soil

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:54

Hello Cornwall2

another Cornishman here. 

Can you get someone to dig your plot?  a one off deep dig now and you can top dress in future.  I don't dig my soil.......however a lot of,compost, manure etc. has been incorporated over the years.  A no dig garden works very well once dug

failing this a generous application of compost on the soil surface and "scratched" in with a cultivator will help.  Try to disturb the top 3" or so of soil at least.   Organic fertiliser too helps the soil as compared with artificial fertilisers.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:31

That's excellent gran .........see!  It's always the worry that's worse 

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:29

There are 3 or 4 varieties of hackonoechloa .....different clones too.  Mine tend to have orange in the leaves.  Deciduous but classy.  I now have several mounds throughout the garden.  Don't let them dry out though.....plenty of water and they are magnificent

Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:26

Buttercupdays, it's important to research plants first and then see where they can be obtained.  for me, online suppliers have greatly surpassed the gc.  A combination of online and local nurseries is ideal.

however, I will soon visit my gc for herbaceous perennials growing in 9cm pots.....lupins, delphiniums, etc.,.......which can be potted on several times in the coming few weeks to produce large flowering plants in early summer and beyond.  These small plants grow amazingly quickly during March, April and May. 

Shady spot..what to do?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:14

Bekkie Eternal Fragrance flowers off and on throughout the year.  Try the deciduous erect Mezereum. A white variety would look senational there in early spring.  How about an arum Lily too?  Perfect for darkish areas it has pure white swathes ...spathes?...of flowers in spring and early summer and nice ornamental foliage.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:09

Just about to suggest hackonoechloa too.  I find it very adaptable though growing in dappled shade and in full sun.  Wonderful mounds getting better every year.  Get a blue geranium in with it if not too shady. Great in container too where it excels 

Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:16

Ditto Dove 

Shady spot..what to do?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:14

Hello Bekkie.  How big is this area?  What would you like there?  sounds like a nice spot for a scented shrub or two....a daphne maybe? , a couple of ferns.  Maybe a geranium Phaem like margaret Wilson at the base

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:30

Granma, not an expert at all but it does sound like an allergic reaction.  But doctor is on the case so am sure all will be well.  Try not to worry can you not?.....all the best to your granddaughter 

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