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Advice on an acer palmatum

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:29
Lovely combination is cotinus royal purple, eucalyptus and sambucus Sutherland gold. All coppiced and all producing wonderful dense colourful leaf colour all summer. Purple, blue amd yellow..all subtle amd all harmonious. Who needs fastidious acers?

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:24
Vigilance and persistence is the solution to buttercup.
Digging it thoroughly or spraying.
The worst possible place for,it is amongst hardy geranium as the leaves are similar and totally entwined. I dig up the geranium and pull apart and pot up clean pieces.
I have eradicated it from my garden this way but a friend, who is less persistent, has a real issue with it. Dig out every piece as soon as seen

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 18:17
I don't like the paraffin treatment or the red lead treatment advocated few years back
My way is foolproof.
I sow in trays. Then Imto 9 cm pots....all indoors.
Right now they have outgrown their seed cases and ready for planting out. Even then I will cover with fleece....not for mice but to,prevent them being pulled out.
When growing well....couple of weeks....I will remove fleece.
I have tried the growing peas in guttering technique but it's flawed. Peas do transplant without problem if done without too much disrurbance


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

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