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Verdun what I want to do is finish the corner bed I started last year where I spend 2 weeks, clearing and shaping it, moving loads of big rocks from another area to make an attractive border and then it started to rain. I haven't managed to get down there since. Clay earth which was/is just unworkable. I can see it from my french windows and it bugs me.
GG what you need is a painful hernia. That will curtail your eating and you will lose weight. Sorry, that wasn't funny but I'm not going to erase it.
That was said with feeling, Tina. Have you had this experience?
Unfortunately, yes GG. It has made me very careful about what I eat if I don't want the awful feeling that I am having a heart attack during the night cos that's what happened!! I've sorted the eating out myself as I have discovered what causes me the problems the hard way. As long as I stick to it I'm OK. Lost weight rapidly at first but have now slowed down. Down getting on for 2 stone, but still not a slim chick!
Still no gas
Plants arriving thick and fast - two "free" (p&p) magnolias which are sitting in a trug of compost in the utility room til I can sort them out on Friday and two Group 3 clematis (Etoille violette and perle d'azure) for a new oblelisk in the flower garden. Making the most of the 20% off Crocus offer.
Still light at 6.30 this evening - that'll be 7.30 next week !
Ah, you had a hiatus hernia. Horrid! Hardly a 'sliim chick' myself = although gorgeous, naturally.
Big enough Verdun. Got about 3 plants in it at the moment and two look OK. Have still got a couple of ground cover sitting in pots outside the back door. I won't know what I want until I get to the GC. Just buy what takes my fancy! I'm always standing at the window contemplating what to do next . Aren't all gardeners like that? That's the fun of gardening, forever changing things. Also have the pond area to sort out. Fed up with next doors cat scratching up my little plants Have to renew them every year. So it's membrane, minature evergreens and grey stones to match the rest.
Didn't have much success with them Verdun. Not sure if they like waterlogged ground and I mean waterlogged! I have mentioned before that my garden, being one of the lowest in the road, becomes like a pond or, more recently, like a lake. So I've always steered clear of them since. Like the look of them though.
Wise to have a pond then, Tina. We have a similar problem, because we have a hill above us. We have a soggy garden at the back and a dry garden at the front, both pretty sunny.
Sorry about the gas, Chicky! Hope you soon get the chance to plant your trees. My 'free' rose has finally arrived.
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Astilbes or astrantias, primulas,, arum lilies, acorus, and a lovely grass called hackanochloa would grow there I think. Tina. Some ferns do like lot of moisture.
Hackenochloa one of my faves Verdun, and of course marsh marigolds and many other marginals/bog plants could do well. Ligularias also. Spartina is a grass which does well with fluctuating water levels and is very attractive with arching green/creamy strappy leaves. I got it from aspecialist nursery a long time ago but you don't often see it. Chicky, Etoile Violette is gorgeous, I will definitely be planting that again. Rouge Cardinal is lovely as well- slightly redder than EV.
Verdun and Fairygirl. My list is getting longer and longer. Will have to start Googling all these.
MORNING ALL FORKERS - well its brrr first thing ! unfortunately dont think the weather is going to be much different today here in the Mids, might get the odd 5 minute burst of sun ??
anyway hope those who have been feeling unwell are feeling a bit better this morning if your out and about, wrap up - keep warm and take care forkers
Good morning, all. Talking of clematis, Verdun and Fairygirl, I love Madame Julia Correvon. It is a gorgeous red viticella, my favourite clematis.
Bare root 'free' Handel rose arrived this morning. Think I'll just heel it into a tub until the weather gets a bit better. Bought a few annual seeds yesterday. The packets advise planting them where they are to grow in curves in fine tilth. I need them to provide colour between perennials and have never used them in this way before, so I'm thinking hard about how it can be done. Alll one can do is think about gardening at the moment!