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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bob, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Carole

    Carole Well-Known Forumite

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    Hypericum Rose of Sharon is good for ground cover, it has yellow flowers, quick growing and a long flowering season.

    Alternatively, flowering perennials, I bought some lovely Penstemons from the man off Penkridge market a few years ago, they flowered all summer in shades of pinks, whites, lilacs and very quickly covered a large bed.
    However I did plant them in May, by July they had spread.
     
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    Just googled penstemon, they're really lovely, I'll have to look out for some.
     
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    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    This is exactly the sort of thing i'm after, thanks very much. Going to have to ring around now to see who has some.
     
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  4. Carole

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    I absolutely love them, they last about 3 years then they get a bit woody, I think they are about 3 for £7 on the market.


    Just make sure that you get the low growing ones, if that’s what you are particularly looking for, there are several types of hypericum. We’ve got a shrub version, grows to about 5 feet high.
     
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    Careful. The name "Rose of Sharon" is used for a number of different garden plants. Very different. Carole's HoS is Hypericun calycinum which is 1-2ft tall with large flowers and can spread.

    Name is also used for Hibiscus syriacus, a shrub which can grow to 12ft tall
     
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  6. Bob

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    Forget me not - but beware it is quick and it will cover everything.

    Rudbeckia spreads well but will take a couple of years to get going. They'll come back every year too.

    Your not to late for some bedding plants from seed get down the garden centre and check the packets, you'll be fine still to plant anything that says June on it.
     
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    Our forget me nots are nearly finished now but they are a good cover and are easily weeded out when over::
     
  8. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Anybody need any thistles?

    Excellent specimens.

    Free for collection.

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    Can you cook them ? (And please don't give me any fancy directions here, I'm looking for a few minutes Microwave job with a bottle of ACME universal sauce and perhaps a half hundredweight of Monosodium Glutamate.) :P
     
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    I could cook them.

    And you could eat them raw.
     
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    I cut back all the Lobelia* and shredded half of it. It makes a nice blanket over the willowherb and thistles that constitute most of the new heap.

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    I have another pile to do in the morning.

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    * As I 'finished' for the night, I spotted about another quarter as much that I had forgotten about.

    Tomorrow will be yet another day...
     
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