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Lupin border, but what else

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 22:31

Trouble with lupins,is that after after flowering..mid summer, bit longer if deadheaded quickly, they look dreadful.  Snails move in, usually small ones to further tattify them.

I have a row of lupins at the top emd of my veg patch.  When they finish flowering    I dig them up and divide them.  

Elsewhere I cut them back.  Vigorous perennials like dahlias would then look good next to them, or heleniums or asters like frikartii Monch.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:13

KEF, Veronica Tissington is delightful although I keep moving mine.  Had 3 but moved them too much.  Got  one in a 5 litre pot ready to place in its perfect position.  The other is by a berberis atro nana.    Needs a bit of moisture I reckon to do well.  

Its been busy day. Sorted out friend's issues..but she's always got "issues"  And, apart from a little rain for a few mins, it's been very nice here.  Some sun amd warm. Just planted out lychnis coronaria alba....common but I like it for its grey foliage and white flowers all summer. Had it growing in 5 litre pot.  Reckon it will start flowering soon. 

Also cut the grass....looking lush right now after its feed.  (don't use weed amd feed now ....choosing to spot weed lawns instead)

Oooo, I read I was someone's favourite on the forum   So that makes 2 of us thinking that ...........I'll get my coat ..........


What do I grow?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 08:06

It's difficult isnt it working out whats in the garden when inside?  

Should have gone around with pen and paper cos I've missed out loads.

Bottom line is though that we all seem to grow far more than we realise.  


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 08:03

Absolutely gorgeous morning.  However, forecast says rain later.  I prefer to say its going to stay as it is 

Now temps are higher overnight things are not being checked overnight so masses of growth

In demand this morning. Have to help out a friend.  Can't say no but it's a bit inconvenient.   Have to miss foodbank today but thinking now of volunteering elsewhere.  Maybe!    All about time too 

Runner beans are growing away well.  A fleece curtain pegged to a height of 4' was erected when beans planted out to give added protection against pests, wind etc.  

Hope everybody has good day today 


Rejuvenating an old rosemary

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:56

Why propagate from that tired out old rosemary?  Ommthree, take the trouble to get a beautiful blue flowerimg specimen.  No more expensive

Ideas please

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:19

Brunnera, corydalis ...the blue carpeting variety.  Bergenia and liriope will do well in the shade.  Plus acorus, hackonechloa and Bowles golden grass. Yellow varieties of Heucheras will enjoy it there too.  Amd geranium Margaret Wilson with her white/grey foliage.

Lifting Daffodils

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:13

I regularly lift amd divide daffs at this time.  As said, try to get clips with plenty of soil and pot up.  Most of mine have foliage going over now so,they will be fine.  In spring I then have pots of daffs to plant where they are needed.  Congested clumps do not flower well so regular division keeps them flowering well.

Bark coverage

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:09

Becki, 2 points.  Are you growing plamts there!  If so, dont put a membrane down.  They are awful. 

If its just to cover an area a membrane is fine.  I would buy the correct fabric rather than putting plastic down but if you do remember to fork some holes in for drainage.  

6' square?  2 bags  I reckon.  3 tops 

Busy Lizzie Blight

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:04

Busy bee,,have you not got the seed packet?  I have a feeling you,would have,got the new resistant strain.  Can't see a reputable supplier selling the old virus susceptible ones

Leucanthemum 'Broadway Lights'

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:46

Broadway lights is flourishing in the garden...second year.  A delightful plant.  howevever I dug a couple up last autumn to pot up and keep in GH.  I wanted to pla t them elsewhere.  Both of these died.  They do not seem to like being moved or potted up.  Anyone have similar experiences with this ?  

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