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Posted: 21/02/2015 at 20:55

Welcome Seil.

Foxgloves - Illumination Pink

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:37

Hi Folks,  I have planted two of the 'new breed' of foxgloves.  Said to be perennial and sterile so produce more flowers for longer.  I wondered if anyone else had planted them and whether they had had any success in planting them in shade.  I have grown 'normal' foxgloves in shade for years but wondered if these had the same requirements.

just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:20

Last year I ordered some large plug plants but grew them on first in a cold greenhouse before planting them out.  I wouldnt put small plants out yet it's a bit too cold.  I think I would email/call parkers and talk through your dilemma with them.  That way if you do plant out and they fail you can call them back and tell them you want replacement plants as you followed their guidelines to the letter. 


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:10

Good call to stay out of the garden today.  The wind is really blowing and sleet is falling. Yuk.

HELP! Akebia Quinata gone wild.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:08

I have an Akebia Quinata in my garden.  I currently keep it uunder control but will be interested ot hear others experience of the plant and how much of a thug it can become.  I'm trying not to plant any plants that 'take over' as in the future I may not be able to be particularly active in the garden.

Ugly new garden

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 12:59

Hi Lyn,  When I moved into my house it had a gravel path leading from the front gate to the front door and a gravel path leading from the drive to the front door and looked very attractive.   However, I soon found out that they had laid the gravel over an old unattractive concrete path.  The reason I found out was that I walked on the edge of the path unknowingly and went over on my ankle.  This happend lots of times to me and visitors so in the end I planted along the edge of the path in the gravel.  The gravel on the path moves an awful lot because it cant get any form of anchorage.  I would love to take up the old path but like you feel that it is a job that I couldn't do.  I don't know what the answer is, just be careful about gravelling over paths especially if the gravel extends beyond the edge of the path into your garden area.  Picture below.



Posted: 21/02/2015 at 12:37

Have decided it's too cold to garden and I'm too tired.  So today I'll be mainly washing, drying and reading gardening books. Oh and looking at plant porn - I have all that empty space to fill.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:01

Hi Everyone,  No snow here, nice and sunny.  Bekkie I must have missed it, didn't get up until 10.15.

Hope everyone's colds clear up quickly, wrap up warm and lots of nice choccies and hot toddys.  Always works for me.

Not sure yet what's on today's agenda apart from catching up on the laundry.  I think a visit to the garden centre might be in order to look at pots.  Still thinking about what to do to make the obelisks sturdier.  They are good ones and were'nt cheap so need to make the most of them.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 21:58

Just ate a bag of geezers, and very nice they were too.  Will have a think about the obelisk situation, not really sure what to do.

Spotted today

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 19:58

I think it might be a camelia rather than a rose.

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