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Privacy - What can I grow from containers?

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:19

PS:  Sorry to go on.  A friend liked them so much he has 6 of them in massive pots to screen his sitting area and neighbour's fence.  Loves them and thinks they add an exotic touch!  Has to water a fair bit though as they drink it up but they've been a great success for all the years he has had them.  They look good all year round.  In Spring they foliage up really quickly and have been as healthy as anything in his big pots.

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Privacy - What can I grow from containers?

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:09

If you are prepared to be a bit spendy - really big containers and to buy fairly mature plants, you could try bamboo.

I used Great Wall and had them in containers from about 2ft high.  In a couple of years they were 6 foot and I transplanted them into beds so that I could get some privacy in two open spots. 

This is one.  It's 6ft high, the other 7ft. At the base though it takes up 2ft of space - so one this size would need a very large pot.  Again though, you can keep it the size you want in a pot as it will stop the width expanding, or I found it worked.  The one in this photo is also less densely bushy than it would naturally grow as at this time every year I cut away a lot of the foliage to expose the canes - so it looks more 'see through' than it would if it had been left to grow as it does naturally. I cut loads away from it two weeks ago so it is very 'thinned out'.  This photo was a couple of days ago.  It will grow more bushy through the summer and I think they are lovely in shape and form and they have proved tough as old boots in Scottish weather with no problems at all.  Always look great (to me anyway) and whilst the feathery tops droop in the rain - as in this  photo - you can trim away at them as often as you like and it does no harm.  I think they are very attractive as well as providing a practical purpose in screening the little area where I like to sit and not be peered at.

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Posted: 03/07/2017 at 00:49

WillDB - I've had Thalictrum Elin for a few years but I'm also more attracted by the foliage than the flowers, simply because as you say the flowers are so high that you have to be careful where you place it in order for it to fit in nicely with other plants around it.  But - the foliage is so very attractive that it needs room to be seen - and I have to admit, I've always love it best after the rain because the raindrops (which seem to beautifully gather around the edges of the leaves) make it absolutely stunning.  This spring, I uprooted mine and planted it in a very large tub.  This has resulted in limiting it's height so the flowers are at my eye level now.  I've also moved it in front of where I have three ugly tall plastic bins which house bird seed and mealworms and some tools - and the foliage very nicely hides where you can see the bins.  I love the plant because of the after-rain effect which makes it really stand out and noticeable - and now that the flowers are at my height, I appreciate them more because I can see the detail in their smallness.

WillDB and Pete 8:  I also bought some Salvia 'Caradonna' this year and I imagined they were going to clump fairly quickly and be real stunners - but they seem to have gone off the boil very quickly.  In my case though, it may be because of where I've placed them and that 'Scottish' summers (not much summer more rain) don't suit them that well.  I'm hoping they will perk up or bush a bit by end of summer and if not I'll move them for next year and see what happens.

My biggest disappointment has been the number of plants bought in a very reputable place at quite inflated prices which look really healthy at the point of buying - and then I get them home and discover they are so badly pot-bound.  It's not the kind of place where I've felt confident to remove them from the pot in the shop to check them  - which is what all author gardeners suggest you do.  It's my favourite plant place but I've found that the last couple of years they seem to be buying in some plants rather than growing themselves.  I never have the confidence to take any plants back or suggest a discount or replacement, which I suppose I ought to, but because of it's horticultural reputation and because it's my only nearby option now, I'm a wimp and just don't want any confrontation or bad feeling.

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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 00:25

I must apologise to some of you because I only today 'discovered' that there were some messages in 'My Messages'.  I'd never looked at it before as I never assumed I'd have any messages from anyone.  So apologies to those where there are messages from some time ago which I did not respond to and thanks to Guernsey Donkey for the info on the little Dianthus.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 00:19

We are so lucky having this forum - it's so great to see all these plants and gardens.

Papi Jo:  you asked if the 'pink rose' in my pic had a nice scent.  It's 'A Shropshire Lad' and has a lovely subtle scent - but it's a young plant at the moment and I was told not to expect really noticeable scent from a distance for a couple of years yet when it has settled in and grown on a bit.  You asked how old the Dierama 'Dark Angel' is.  I have no idea.  I  planted two light pink ones a couple of months ago which are only about a foot high - and which fell apart into separate corm sections when I tipped them out of their pots.  They are young and I'm told not likely to produce tall stalks for a year or two yet.  The 'Dark Angel' was a gift and had one two noticeably tall stalks about 4ft high, one which has flowered.  But I noticed today that the second stalk is opening at the top.  Never having had Dierama, I hadn't a clue 'how' they opened and flowered as the stalks looked just like leaves.

Liriodendron:  thanks for responding to my puzzle of the pod on the leaf.  There are hundreds.  I have just today solved the mystery by looking back to some photos from the first week in June.  I live in a flat (100 year old bay-windowed stone type) and they are built in a kind of circle joined up.  Each flat has a small garden triangle shaped and all point into a large 'communal green' for all flats to use. ( A very Scottish set-up and very common here in Edinburgh). 

At some point, a large eucalyptus tree appeared in the last 14 years and has grown to about 50 ft.  Nobody can remember its origins.  It IS beautiful on a breezy day - but whether it's a good thing to keep or get rid of results in a 50/50 yay or nay response.

This year, it had flowers for the first time in all the years it has been at the edge of a neighbour's garden - and this is where the hundreds of pods are coming from.  I only realised this looking back at photos - and it is ridiculous that it never occurred to me that they could be from the eucalyptus because it had never flowered before.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 04:13

Continuing the rain 'saga' - first 'A Shropshire Lad' bloomed the other day.  Fell apart in the rain today.

Was too late to do 'proper' baskets so tried lavender with the blue 'thing' - Convul...something?

Think the osteospermum are 'Serenity Bronze Magic'.  My white cosmos are a bit stumpy - I try white cosmos from seed every year but can never get them tall.  They're my 'Nemesis' I think.

Strawbs in pots are all coming along nicely.

Think this is 'Comtesse de Bouchard'.  I water it when I think it needs it, about 30 more buds (it's only 2 years old) and feed every two weeks - but this flower is the largest, the others are all quite small and look quite wimpish.   I'm maybe not giving it what it needs.

These pods are a mystery as I can't see where they are coming from.  They are all over the garden and I have to keep picking them up.  They're about 1cm long and there are hundreds of them which I keep clearing up.

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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 04:08

Fabulous gardens and plants.  Guernsey Donkey - do you know the name of the willowy little pink Dianthus you have as your first photo a few posts back?  A neighbour grew some from seed and gave me some but couldn't remember the name.  They came up beautifully but the rain the last few days has battered them down - as per pic below.

Everything in my garden has been hammered with the rain the last few days - happens every year though.  When the lovelies just start to bloom - we get a week of rain.

This is Hemerocallis 'Bumble Bee'.  They just started to bloom and now they are like this below.

Rose 'Munstead Wood'.  3 of these, all blooming at the same time - now so many of the flowers have fallen apart and are just piles of petals on the soil.  The flowers don't seem to last very long once they have expanded to full size.  Gorgeous though!

Clematis 'Rebecca'.  Same story, started blooming like mad, ruined in the rain.

Small clematis 'Pink Fantasy' - outdid itself this year with about 300 blooms continuing.  It's only round a 5ft high obelisk so quite tight - now all have turned brown at the edges with the rain and looks a proper mess.

Dierama 'Dark Angel' - one stem only - squishy with the rain but hope will continue to flower.

Briza Media was lovely - two clumps with stalks bent down to the ground now.  Hope some spring up again when the rain stops.

white foam

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 02:40

Coincidentally - I was trying to photograph frog hoppers today as it had been pouring and there were lovely raindrops everywhere.  However, the blasted frog hoppers are so small I couldn't get a good focus on it no matter how I tried.  But this will let you see what they look like when they have formed out of the spit.  This one was on fennel which was heavily droopy because of the amount of rain.  It was about 4-5 mm long.

Salvia ID

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 02:26

Thanks very much everybody - grateful for the responses.

Salvia ID

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 09:29

Bought these 'Salvia' yesterday and dropped the label on the way home.

Can anyone give me an ID?   There are 6 single stemmed plants in the polystyrene thingy and am wondering if they should be planted singly and will clump-form or if they stay single-stemmed and should be planted together to 'make' a clump.

Thank you.

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