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Welcome back GG - sounds like you had a lovely time. And what a list of treasures! I have Caradonna - flowered like mad last year, and has come up nicely this year too. Love the euphorbia as well - little bit of orange goes a long way
Andy, hope your boys score lots of goals and come home happy.
... and I have one of those handy compost bag openers in my boot too - they should market them as a feature. They do the job for bird seed bags too (ever tried removing 10million Niger seeds from a boot with a black carpet ??)
Planting, feeding and weeding on the list for me today - with breaks for helping with maths revision (will end in tears ) and working through the washing baskets!
Yesterday I was wndering what plants I could get to fill the gap between spring and summer as well. Although all the new planting looks green it really needs some flower as well, full sun so not aquilegia.
Today i have to finish off cleaning caravan before we set off on Wednesday - We had work done on it over winter and it is a bit of a mess. Nothing in it though so easy to move around. We usually leave some things in it but after last years wet took everything out for the winter.
We have a compost bag opener in our car as well, so I have learnt now to play the feeble female card so that strong men come and put them in and miss the cartch. Still have to get them out when home though - feeble female doesn't work with OH
What about euphorbia Polychroma? Mine grow in full sun and love it. So luminous,with it's chrome,yellow mound of foliage.
I have a dicentra spec Alba growing,in full sun too....if you put plenty of goodness in the soil to hold some moisture it will do well.
Pinks? They will love sun. I have a few in flower but they all flower soon anyway. And,that,foliage colour? Lovely blue. Stick it next to campanula dicksons,gold....a mound of yellow foliage and blue.flowers.
Had a lovely trip to the Donkey sanctuary at Sidmouth in the pouring rain last Tuesday. We had to go as it was a coach trip booked ages ago/ Cant remember the last time we got so wet. Still recovering as i now have earache and a sore throat. Managed to get to the allotment yesterday and picked the first asparagus, wonderful..And of coursr more rhubarb.
I dont seem to be very succesful with Dicentra but my hostas are beautiful. Guess we cant be good at everything
"they do the job for bird seed bags too (ever tried removing 10million Niger seeds from a boot with a black carpet ??)".
I would put a new bag in the hoover and hover them out, then empty the bag into a plastic bag. Don't think the birds would mind the odd dust particle.
Matty, most of my aquiligias are in full sun, even the self-seeded ones, they don't seem to mind.
My aquilegias too Matty. Right at the top of my garden getting sun most of the day, I notice they anow going to flower soon and the ones in the sun are the furthest on.
Glad you had a good holiday GG. Lovely to see your list. That is one of the troubles with buying plants in France. They sell the varieties but not the named varieties. Sometimes plants are even sold by the French common name, not the latin one. Or something like a penstemon or a delphinium is sold just by colour, not named.
We are going to England in June, but will have to limit plant buying a bit, not much room left!
Got some vine eyes and wires up for the espalier pear at last so I can remove the canes and tie the branches in properly. Had to get help from OH as I messed two vine-eyes up and bent them
I've dug in a heap of FYM and the wigwam is up and the bean seeds are in - I decided on a wigwam this year as I'll grow a few less runners and put some dwarf french beans in as well when we get back from our hols.
Enjoyed seeing your list of plants GG.
Not sure exactly when you go on holiday Dove,but have a great time,look forward to seeing your plant shopping list on your return.
Very warm here today,not bright sun,but pleasant enough to sit outside.Runner bean wigwam is up and planted beans yesterday afternoon.French beans are going in tomorrow.
Pooted up all geraniums.
Looking forward to watching Chelsea this week,am recording as well as watching in case there are any ideas I want to pinch and need to look at again.
Enjoy the rest of the day all.
Setting off on Friday morning Gilly - it must seem as if I've been on about it for ages
Not at all,if I was off to Cornwall I would be talking about it too.Where abouts are you actually going?,sorry if you.ve said before I must have missed it/
Just back from Hardy plant Society sale in Sheffield Botanical gardens. Nice chats to lots of very knowledgeable people. very restrained only bought a couple of plants for my woodland. Decided its time I joined the society.
Now settling down to a miserable afternoon hoping my team can qualify for the Champions league,
Dove, have a fab holiday
Thanks we're renting a cottage between Falmouth and The Lizard, in a wooded valley by a lake
Artjak, you're the nearest - if you've nothing else to do you could pop over and water my plants (looks around and ducks in case of flying objects tee hee)
Busy day - aching back, shoulder etc but caravan is now clean
Have moved decorative pots into final positions ( I think) Have planted white cosmos and campion into white borders. planted peas and sowed some. Put out 2 of the hanging baskets.
Will make yet another garden plant list - thanks for suggestions - I'm getting quite excited about what the new perennial border will look like - even if there are a few annuals this year - leaves plenty of room for impulse purchases.
Verdun my eremurus seems Ok, sprouting leaves anyway
Got caught again just bought
stocks, busy lizzie, verbena, chelosia, alyssum
anyone know the best spacing for these plants ? couldnt help it €2 a pack
Dove, I would love to but you are Norwich and I am 55 miles away at the nether end of Norfolk, on the cusp of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire - even my postal address is Cambs, which annoys me, but we are all at the mercy of the Royal Mail - they keep changing my post code too.
Good morning all 5C last night, 12C this morning still quite cold overnight so the tomatoes are staying indoors in the studio while we're away - Italophile says they'll be ok, so Artjak, you're excused watering duty - do you really think a round trip of 100 miles a time is excessive (only teasing ).
It's mizzly here at the moment, almost a sea fret - hopefully it'll brighten up before too long.
Morning all lucky Dove going on holiday enjoy yourself well nothing done in the garden at the weekend Sat rained the whole day and Sunday boys football beat in the semi final but great day. This weekend holiday weekend off from Thur to Tues so plenty of time in the garden loads to do feel am behind now after doing nothing at the weekend have a good day all.