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MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 07:28

Morning everyone.

Yes spams spoiling things.  We have to ignore it or the forum will suffer.

Been very wet and windy overnight but dry now and sun is forecast for miday.  Helston flora day today.....it will be packed but may look in

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:33

Hiya tina

Watched the apprentice.  They're all rather shy retiring and pleasant aren't they?

Nut, I make bread using bread maker.  Nothing like the smell of freshly made bread in the morning

Oh, the sunshine has been replaced with heavy rain and wind....I guess the garden was.getting bit dry so...........

Low Maintenance Garden Boarders for Novice

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:27

Just make sure you  don't plant two whites together...one will outdo the other.

One point though....hydrangeaa like heavy most soil and lavenders light and dry so consider this. What sort of soil do you have? Sun or shade?

Dd you want more colour or is white and evergreen topiary what ??ou are after?  Is it a large border?  

 

 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:12

Goodnight all.

Hope you are better tomorrow Matty.

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:22

The variety mainly determines the colour....a blue hydrangea remains blue,on acid soils and becomes redish purple on alkaline ones.  On alkaline soils red is the natural colour.

So. Was your hydrangea in a pot?  If so comditions may have changed....your fertiliser. Water. Compost??

Tnere is a "bluing" agent you can buy that helps Hydrangeas stay blue.  The old fashioned  method was to bury old iron nails ...or scatter them...around the plant.  They do work over time.

Do you know the name of your variety?  If it is a blue variety but your soil is alkaline you are destined to have increasingly pink flowers.  Do you know if your soil is acid?

Blue hydrangea

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:18

The variety mainly determines the colour....a blue hydrangea remains blue,on acid soils and becomes redish purple on alkaline ones.  On alkaline soils red is the natural colour.

So. Was your hydrangea in a pot?  If so comditions may have changed....your fertiliser. Water. Compost??

Tnere is a "bluing" agent you can buy that helps Hydrangeas stay blue.  The old fashioned  method was to bury old iron nails ...or scatter them...around the plant

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:37

Gardeningfantic, I suspect you have seedlings that you see every year.  They are nearly all biennial. 

clematis suggestion please

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:35

 Nellie moser is not bleached on a north wall.  It is a superb clematis and prob the best for that position

gravel bed/border ... replace with bark?

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:31

I wouldn't use any membrane there at all.

That gravel?  Is it limestone gravel? If so it is alkaline.  I would remove gravel totally and dig over the soil incorporating some compost, manure, etc and plant up with a structure of acid loving plants.  Azaleas, pieris, andromeda, Camelias, dwarf rhododendrons, etc.  When I say "structure" I mean a framework to then infill with annuals, perennials, etc. using a mixture of spikey grasses, foliage plants like hostas, Heucheras, and annuals for summer colour.  

I dont like bark as a mulch.  It blows around and it harbours pests

Viburnums, periwinkles, butchers broom, berberis in full shade

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 10:37

How big a patch?  Do you want short plants or tall?  What sort of soil? No direct sun but how much light?

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