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Would Pink Evening Primrose be suitable for here?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Would Pink Evening Primrose be suitable for here? Reply with quote

Hi, I hope I am posting this in the right place. This year we planted a green and copper beech hedge at the front of our house. The outer part of the bank looks awful. We were thinking of planting pink evening primrose here, but I hear that it is very invasive.

Would the roots of the evening primrose affect the roots of the beech hedging? Have you any other suggestions for a ground cover plant. The road is a popular walking route, so something scented would be a great bonus.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like campanula.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I can't help you with the pink evening primrose - not come across that. But in a similar situation I have Geranium macrorrhizum ' Ingwerson's Variety'. It can be a bit of a thug, but you can chop it back with no ill effects. It's tough, semi-evergreen with pink flowers and nice autumn foliage. It is also scented, though not everyone likes the scent. It will grow where nothing else does and the bees love it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your replies and suggestions,

tagwex I was originally thinking of aubretia but campanula is far more suitable.

Sue, I have never heard of gernaium macrorrhizum before, how tall does that grow? It is very pretty.

Thanks again for your help.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aubretia is lovely for a short time. Campanula (depending on the variety) has a much longer season and has nice foliage out of season. The geranium has a mound of foliage that gets to about 1ft tall, but can spread as far as you let it.

Why not have a mix of blue campanula and pink (or white) geranium?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue, I was just discussing that very option with himself this morning. Laughing

We are just afraid that if we get it wrong, it will be very hard to rectify.

I really appreciate your help. Thanks a million for the information. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds really nice. Isn't this forum wonderful!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure is Good guy. Great friendly people willing to give others the benefit of their expertise and experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And we still have disasters, yet try to do it all properly again next year!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's gardening! It's the journey, more than the destination.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are new surprises popping up almost everyday.

I trimmed 3 of my clematis plants last April and instead of throwing them out I planted cuttings, I did nothing fancy with them just scraped the ends and dipped them in honey and planted them. Today I looked under the pots and there are roots in all of them. The wet summer helped.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honey? Explain please.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had no rooting powder, I read somewhere that honey is a good substitute, I think it is something to do with the anti-bacterial properties of honey protecting the wounds (scrapes) made to aid rooting.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another reason for continuing the moritorium on neonics!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this link works much heated debate on Neonics,Not all Beekeepers agree with you on a moratorium. Some of the comments can be very cutting on this forum as they know each other.
http://www.sbai.org.uk/sbai_forum/showthread.php?982-Are-neonicotinoid-pesticides-responsible-for-the-demise-of-bees-and-other-wildlife
Im not getting into another debate on the subject but I believe there is more to it than a complete ban.
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