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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:39

Great pictures Berghill.  Envious of those snowdrops.  Good to see conifers there conifers.  And hellebores another of my favourites.  However, loads to come too I see.  

colour scheme

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:32

You dont need a shady border to grow white flowers of course.  White is great in shade.  However, I grow lots of white flowers in full sun ....they cool hot colours.....and light up those summer evenings.  

Orange for me is a desirable colour.  Purple too ...think of purple sensation.  Blue and yellow is a combination I use in many locations......voltage yellow osteospermums with blue upright Linum.  Red and blue is good.....bishop of llandaff and salvia guaranitica or  blue Veronicas with red echinaceas or go for foliage contrast with Elymus  Magellanicus with red heucheras?   

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:15

Have grown many ceanothus....ceanothii? .......and yet to find one that enjoys being pruned.  The lower growing varieties react best.  

However, it's those roots.....they absolutely hate root disturbance and likely die.  So Emma it depends on how much out of the ground your plant is.  Can you ease it back upright, stake it and replace and firm soil?  then just leave it.  Wait and see 

Laurel vs Photinia red robin

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:10

Photinia is a fickle shrub.  It is susceptible to suddenly dying, often suffers die back and sometimes reacts to pruning.  I had 2 but both died after a few years.

i have pink marble and little red robin but both look tatty at times and will be replaced

Healthy well grown photinias  are lovely when in red leaf.....I had one in front of a walled choisya and the effect was wonderful.  Red foliage backed by a cascade of white flowers.  When cut back the foliage is not great and regrowth can be slow.  

Laurel then for me.  Yew is better. pittosporum?  Lonicera nitIda baggesons gold?   Holly?  

colour scheme

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:06

Made a green and white garden once for someone.  Very cool, soothing and harmonious.  A small pool and pergola completed it.

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:44

Looking for ideas

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:43

Agreed.  A big border is much more impressive than a small one and, strangely, probably easier to maintain.  It's nice then to plant some things in threes, especially the smaller plants.  Aim for impact and quality with everything you plant.  Don't plant anything just to fill in.  Don't plant any rubbish In there will simply irk you 

colour scheme

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:36

Ok Wills.  Perennials and shrubs too or just annuals?  

I can visualise a cracking gArden with those colours of you outline roughly what you have in mind.....permanent, annual or a combination?

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:33

Ooooooo!  I see Dove has said much the same so I gotta be right 

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:32

Many years ago I used a chemical to kill the worms in my lawn...what an ignorant plonker I was.

best thing is to scatter those worm casts with a stiff besom before mowing and whenever conditions are dry.

right now you can spike the lawn to enable best drainage, aerate the lawn too and regularly mow.  A good spring feed too.

there is nothing quite like a lawn or an area of grass......the smell when grass is cut, the colour and appearance of a lawn is good for the spirit and what better to,lie on or sit on?


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