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Which Daphne?

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 12:07

I was hoping for Jacqueline, chicky, though some of the others do look tempting too. Think I will have to keep my eyes out for a discount offer somewhere, or plump for a cheaper variety!

I do want one which is winter-flowering and fairly hardy - and of course a good scent is vital!

Thanks to Verdun, Chicky and Dovefromabove for your input and suggestions

Which Daphne?

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 21:21

I have a small area of semi-woodland at the back of the garden and I'm planting it with shrubs and climbers so there is a good spread of colour and scent throughout the year.At the moment, I am looking for a good Daphne - preferably winter-flowering and hardy, but the Daphne Bohula varieties seem very difficult to obtain and extremely expensive. Can anyone recommend a good hardy winter-flowering one which would thrive in dappled shade, and where is the best place to order one online?

Secondly - anyone recommend a good fragrant compact Viburnum - deciduous, preferably with good autumn leaf colour?


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 15:28

Hi all

I haven't been well so the bracken has taken a back seat, so to speak. Nothing more has happened about it and of course now it's hard to see where it's been as I did pull up each frond as soon as I saw it.

It's not an option to move lawn or borders but next spring I will try the idea of the plastic bottle - provided there aren't too many coming through! I don't like the idea of glyphosate but I think that next season I will definitely have to do that, or it's just going to spread and I can't dig up the whole garden - it's too big as it is! I will start saving plastic bottles ready for action. Not sure how you get rid of rye grass - that isn' t the same as couch grass, is it?

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 21:06

OMG blairs - what a story! Where was your parents' house then? It sounds amazing!

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:03

No, not married to anyone's ex as far as I know, Dovefromabove!

Your pots were on the front porch, you say... but were they inside saucers or straight on the ground?

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:44

Patsy: Its Latin name is:

Erigeron Karvinskianus

and I've seen it in many National Trust gardens in the summer and autumn - it seems to seed itself readily in the least likely places and looks beautiful.

Thanks for all the replies. Verdun - you suggest using them like any other container and putting crocks or gravel at the bottom, but would you put the whole thing in a border first or in a saucer? Otherwise the contents would spill out of the bottom if you move it. 

I also like the temporary/seasonal planting ideas from Dovefromabove - I wish I was that organised though! 

One of the pots isnt straight at the bottom too - bits seem to have broken off leaving a jagged irregular bottom to it so I will have to bury it a few inches into the soil in a border as it wouldn't support itself otherwise. Can't see a way of levelling the bottom edge easily.





Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:06

Thanks, Patsy. So are the  chimney pots on soil or concrete, and are you filling them with compost or just using a potted plant in them? I guess that if bulbs are planted we'd have to fill them with compost so we could plant the bulbs deeply enough?

I have one of those Mexican daisy plants which looks very pretty and frothy  and I think that might work well planted into it.

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 17:43

So I have a couple of old terracotta type chimney pots - one over a couple of feet tall, the other 6 inches or so shorter. I'm not sure how to plant them up. Someone said to put a planted flower pot in the top, but surely that would dry out too soon? I want something a bit more permanent. Should I fill them with compost all the way up, in situ in a border, or inside a terracotta saucer on the patio? I like the idea of growing bulbs in them, and/or maybe a clematis. Any ideas?


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 00:00

Emma - cotton buds??? Really? That would take me well into the next century....and I'm 60 in August 


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:58

Thanks, Jennifer. I deam of  torching Neighbour's garden in the dead of night so the bracken problem might be solved at a stroke. Plus we might get some nice new neighbours afterwards.....

In case anyone from Special Branch is reading this, that was a JOKE. The torching is in my imagination ONLY. *sigh* but I fear they are not to be reasoned with.It's taken over 10 years for them to get round to having a horrible conifer removed which was draining our garden of light and moisture, and theirs too. A monster of a tree. They still have another they won't remove because it hides a hideous mess of invasive perennial weeds and detritus. Makes our garden look like Sissinghurst.....and I am no Vita Sackville-West!

I will try the tickling of the bracken with glyphosate, but it might well take me a while to pluck up courage to make a start. I don't want to affect any wildlife so that will take a lot of thinking about. Points taken about the rubber gloves - will take appropriate Elfin Safety precautions. Thank you!






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Which Daphne?

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