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Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:40

Glad you enjoyed your birthday Punkdoc. Piet Oudolph is a famous guy re grasses,  new echinaceas etc., isn't he?  Funnily enough, I bought Vintage Wine yesterday, one of his introductions I think.  Like the idea of more affordable food.  "poncy" food is usually in limited amounts too 

Raining all afternoon and cooler.   Still, weeding done this morning was opportune. Been waiting to get outside to move something.  Ah well!  Do it tomorrow I guess.  




I love talking gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:29

Hello Delorice

You love talking've come to the right place.  We all love talking gardens.

Where are ??ou?  I'm in sunny.....wet today....Cornwall.  Don't get much cold down here but suffered a very, very wet winter.

I grow a few veg too.....not half acre though.  

Look forward to your comments on the forum 

Perennial Planting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:08

That meadow sounds better and better Jim. 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:06

Nice flowers Bill

Cool here today.  Fairly bright.  Dampish on and off.

Cleared away the last of the daffodil and tulip foliage that encourage slugs etc., as well as weeds that do same thing.  It clears more space for the ever growing summer stuff. Located a couple of slugs lurking there too so very satisfying.

 Anemone Wild Swan is ready to flower and when it does it will continue all summer. Removed buds from echinaceas too.  They will flower all the better for it soon anyway.  Got several varieties of double and single varieties of echinacea now so they should look good.     A couple of lupins have been well and truly battered by slugs so I've potted these up and cut off affected foliage.  They will prob flower later.  Plamted a couple of echinaceas and agastaches there instead.  Got plenty of lupins in flower anyway.  




alternative to roses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:50

Well, it's a great idea to get rid of roses....there I've said it.  They are awful in the winter, everyone tries  to grow them, they are vicious, they are prone  to pests and diseases and they have no structure whatsoever. Often they are grown all together with few other plants so look boringly monotonous 

However, grown well in the right situations they are great.  The scent and the beauty of rose flowers is undeniable.  But who grows them well?  Does your neighbour? Do you?

Claire, shrubs and perennials will give ??ou all year round colour and joy.  

Decide on your soil type....acid or alkaline, light or heavy and your situation.....warm or cold, exposed or sheltered.

Could you post a picture here?

I first planted lots of shrubs when I got my first garden.  They filled it up quickly, etc. but try to get some perennials in too.  I now grow more perennials than shrubs.

We can all suggest names of plants but a visit to the garden centre at different times of the year to see what you like and read up on various plants.  

A basic planting of a few well spaced shrubs, knowing how big they will grow, will give you a framework.  Evergreens are key too.  Herbaceous perennials can be divided and easily moved so these can fill a garden quite quickly in a year or so."

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:08

Daisyheadcase, think you are doing everything you can. Im a night patrol guy too and think it's best way.  

Copper is effective around pots but slugs and snails inhabit the soil inside the pots too.  A pellet or two discreetly placed under leaves then will help.  Ditto copper rings in the garden.

Right now it's lupins, delphiniums, heleniums, leucanthemums, salvias, and dahlias that attract slugs in my garden so I target those plants in particular.  Get to know what your plants do at certain times of the does help to control these pests.  For example, pinks are now starting to flower and soon slugs will turn their attention to these plants.  Hostas when flowering attract every slug and snail. it's for that reason that I do not allow some ESP good foliage varieties to flower.  (flowering seems to exhaust the hostas' vibrancy anyway)

For me, when I  see the first signs of attack, I look carefully around the affected plant and, sure enough, the little blighter is there.  Understand your old boxing maxim. 

Not a good idea to sprinkle salt in the garden I think.......

My Profile.

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:50

Nice thought Mike but the dangers are there.  No personal details online.  There are some very sick and unpleasant people out there.  Took a while but we traced a nasty guy who responded to a item for sale by a neighbour.  She gave him too much info and the calls came.......


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:45

I agree about not to much chicken muck.  I would only remove leaves if dying or diseased.  Keep up the cant overdo watering hydrangeas in pots


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:37

Damp,  right, warm and quiet.  Few snails looking around.....uninvited. 

"phostrogened" plants in pots, including a conservatory full of pelargoniums. Pelargoniums not top of my list but they do have flower power and varieties like Henry/Mrs Cox .....tricolour foliage ...and Frank Hedley with green and white foliage are attractive.  

Plants in pots include varieties of aeonium and scented things like heliotrope, lippia citriodora dnd salvia elegans, the pineapple sage.  (for a strong scent on a path or front door try the pineapple sage)

Need to hoe the veg patch but it's too wet so weeds get a stay of execution (why dont the slugs eat the weeds?  They would then be on  a good guys list )


Perennial Planting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 00:17

Neat in my the full shape of plants, each plant the best possible, but not neat in the sense of being prim, proper and tidy.  If I grow a lupin, for example, I dont want a waking great phlox or dahlia smothering the spires.whats the point of that?   Or a lovely purple neuchera smltnered by a more vigorous neighbour. But  I can do meadow......."neatness" would not be a consideration then.   Can do cottage garden too and have done.  No, neatness only to show off plants in certain settings.

Oh, did I say ?   Cornwall will be County champions.  (rugby) this year. 

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