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Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:11
I'm growing the new perennial foxglove...illumination pink.
The conditions for growing most foxgloves are good soil that holds some moisture, sun or partial shade and not too alkaline.
Funny though, the wild ones down here are seen in hedgerows, dry spots, damp spots, etc

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:07
Terry, the replacements will soon catch up.
Well done for your persistence

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:04
Evening Brum and everyone
Repotted weevils so far!
Potted up tomatoes
Preparing seed bed for carrots, Beetroot, spring onions
Windy, warm dry today

Pieris in shade

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:40
It's an acid lover paper flowers.....I guess you knew anyway.
The emerging colourful leaves are easily scorched in sun....worse, when they change to cream, before turning green, they cannot resist the sun at all.
I grow a couple of varieties...both in dappled shade.
This means in the lee of taller plants to protect from sun..a tall grass for example.
They are great in pots but need reasonable moisture
In total shade I think the colourful leaves would be less dramatic.

Sowing Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:31
Paper flowers
You can easily and safely Bowles golden grass now. It's the time of the year when I do it to half of mine.
Straight into moist ground in a shady spot or Imto a pot to grow on, again keeping moist
Sometimes confused with carex aurea...the golden sage.
When in flower bowles golden grass is absolutely lovely....yellow leaves, stems and swaying yellow flower heads for weeks

Multi Purpose compost

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:22
Worth it at that price for short term only.
Dont really rate many of the composts today.. Hard to work,out watering needs, nutritional requirements and how much "firming" is needed.
Adding my own sieved soil helps a lot

Advice on an acer palmatum

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:17
It's the wind Brum

Advice on an acer palmatum

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 09:28
For a purple foliage plant cotinus royal,purple is unbeatable.
Easy to grow. Looks beautiful. Easily controlled by pruning.
Gardener bee check out this as an alternative

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 08:39
Morning Vith
I agree with ??ou that ants can be very destructive.
In hot dry parts of my garden ants have undermined the root systems of some plants enough to kill them.
Now I know that I use a little ant powder at first signs of ant activity and it seems effective.
Nematodes and the hose treatment are best options for ant infestations

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 08:33
Aunty Betty
No,half measures there!
Sounds like a plan to mix flour with weedkiller. Will try that.
There we have a total comprehensive weed killing programme.

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