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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 16:08

Dove, Dove, Dove.  What is the point of me?  If you keep pinching my words?  . I'm feeling supe, soopfluous, supperfluss....pretty useless at mo.  

Yes, would tackle this situation asap but you won't lose either plant Abby

I cut chives back about now anyway.  Shouldn't let them flower but I do.  dont forget to keep mint watered during summer.  Although it's a rampant thug it is susceptible to mildew if it gets too dry.  Best out of dkrect sun I think because of this.

blueberries have arrived but what now?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 16:00

Depends how far away I guess Tetley.  May be ok.

nattygirl, did you inform your supplier?  Usually they are pretty good about replacing plants that aren't up to the mark.


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:56

Too much info Fairy .  Not windy here inside or out !  


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:50

Damp ...foggy...and warm.  

Got verbena homestead purple planted out .....cuttings taken in early spring that are now good bushy plants.  We are supposed to get rain now so they will be settled in.

sorting out and planting my nephew's new build garden tomorrow.  giving him camelia Anticipation, salvia Amistad in a 5 litre pot and 70 cm plus tall and flowering, some voltage yellow osteospermums, verbena homestead purple, dahlia bishop of llandaff, again in a 5 litre pot and not far from flowering, parsley plant, verbena bonariensis (5 litre pot), heliotrope Chatsworth in 5 litre pot and flowering, hosta fire and ice, a couple of echinaceas and goodness knows what else.

his ground is hard to dig...typical builders' I intend to plant up some summer stuff for now and get to know what he and his partner would like from the garden come the autumn




Drooping lavender

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:34

Its not hardened off yet Cat...its not just about frost but the wind, soil, environment, cold winds.  Its been in artificially warm situation,

However, it will be fine.  Just make sure you dont overwater it

Help choosing plants!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:47

Laura, get some  lavendar in there...ideally follow that curve between patio and lawn.  Scented foliage all year round and glorious scent and blue flowers in mid summer.

a couple of foliage plants too....a purple cotinus Royal Purple and a yellow foliage shrub together will be spectacular all summer long. Yellow could be evergreen, like the choisya already mentioned, or a deciduous shrub like cornus aurea. (This has red stems over winter and bright yellow leaves in summer) Or a philadelphus aureum....this has scented flowers in June.  

I wouldnt rush into overplanting if you're not sure about plants.  A couple of evergreens  like camelias adds "weight" to your planting 

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:38

Hello Soulboy

Saw a few beetles 3 weeks or so back.  Squashed.  Then a systemic insecticide applied. No further sitings.  I find a little disturbance will cause them to climb up the  lilies......give them 5 minutes or so and then peek at them.  Make sure you grab them at first attempt.  Then squash.  

I have a lot of most everyone has I guess.....some as tall as 4 or 5 feet.  Some will flower soon.  

poorly abutalon

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:32

Looks like it is in a pot mimi

abutilon likes good drainage but needs watering too.  It is a vigorous thing.  In a pot it will need feeding and watering.  

I would gently remove top few centimetres of soil and replace with mpc mixed with dried manure. a weekly feed then with tomato fertiliser.  

I would also cut it back a little to encourage lower growth 

Drooping lavender

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:28 keep pinching my words.......

exactly my thoughts too, viz., that it is a recently bought plant.  

Cat, how big is your plant?  Recently bought?  Did you water it a lot?

my lavendar....most lavendars......wont flower for a while yet so it does suggest your purchase was brought on early.

before any advice could you elaborate a little more? 

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:22

Tim, not everyone likes plants.  Some see them as a "perennial" Problem of cutting back etc. 

it's good you now see this as an opportunity for is . Get what you want there  instead. How about adding a buddleia too.....theyre not  expensive to buy and will grow fast.  

Not convinced about bamboo.....



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