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Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:32

Winter, blue hydrangeas down here.....most of cornwall has acid soil and the lushest blue hydrangeas grow everywhere ......but Im near the coast where soil is neutral.  Think your red hydrangea will prefer alkaline soil not acid 

glad you like your sunpatiens Prim .....I think they will make excellent colour this summer

one leaf on my liberty hosta has been slightly attacked.   Scoured the area for the culprit and there he was.....a little slug under the foliage of a mearby purple viola.  Nobody is going to spoil that hosta.


Growing Plants

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:21

They sound good to me voyagerxp.  Both plants are tough and hardy.  A couple of days outside to get them used to the weather and fhen plant them in the garden.  Think you have done well 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:42

I like the description..."painting with plants" Liri 

hot here now.  Planted couple echinaceaa and cut the grass.   Ordered choisya white dazzler but have no idea where to put it.  A red foliage shrub as a companion is my immediate thought

New planting for front garden wall

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:37

Yep, looking good wee bizzem.

you are right to take your time too

red foliage would look good would blue foliage as in alpine pinks and a very blue grass called elymus magellanicus.  I would not put 6 sedums there ...too much.....but there are some excellent new red foliage varieties (purple emperor is well known but there are better ones now). Just a couple.  Perhaps a couple of heucheras and for a lush touch at this time of year check out tiarellas with their dense short white spires

Carrot bed

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:29

I use fleece too.....rarely have carrot fly.

careful about making your soil too dry and light.  Carrots need a constant moisture level in the soil or they will crack when dry soil becomes wet again.  No manure but a good organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone mixed well into the soil is wise.  Keep moist until germination and then do not allow the soil to dry out.

I have tried several of the new hybrid carrot seed but Early Nantes and Chantenay grown well makes delicious salad carrots.  I munch carrots by the load in can recognise me by my orange face!!!

diy concrete projectile

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:18

I made concrete containers and made "stone" containers from old washine machine drum and others.  Geoff Hamilton was fhe inspiration.  Cannot remember the mix exactly but 3 to 1 with a few handsfull of moss peat sounds about right..  He made containers by using boxes one inside another and filled with this mix.  I covered plastic pots.....that didnt work well ......washine machine drum, old kitchen sinks and actually made one from old slate....this looks superb to this day.  They all look like stone.....all weigh a ton !  Probably worth a few bob but not selling works of art 

Patchy Lawn.

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 12:54

You have a can dig out this grass.  Then re seed.  You can lift the blades of rogue grass and pull it out, piece by piece.  You can cut these blades close to soil level.  Doing this weakens the rogue grasses.  Close mowing encourages the finer grasses to the detriment of the coarser grasses.  Or you can set the blades of the mower higher, feed fhe grass and allow the grasses to blend in.

Planting Yucca in Ground

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 12:26

Think again about planting yuccas Tim.  I removed one for an old neighbour few years back when he seriously damaged her face on it.  She was inch or so away from losing her eye. 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 12:22

Winter, I appeal to your sense of goodness.......send me your choisya white dazzler 

lovely day ...very warm. About 17 degrees.  Will get in a couple of echinaceas later from a batch of Cheyenne from last year  so not sure of colours yet. They are all in 3 litre pots now so well established


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 07:43

Morning everyone 

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