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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:59

BM, I would keep spare plants in plastic pots standing in gravel trays (the ones without holes that you put under seed trays which do have drainage holes) with 2cm of water (I'm guessing you are a busy mother and don't have time to water each day) and then when you need to fill a gap in the border, bury them half way down in the soil so they don't get too hot. I am not thinking HUGE pots, smallish plants in 12 to 15 cm pots. If all goes ok, and things are not too crowded then you could dig a little deeper and plant the thing

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:54

FG, excuse my ignorance what bird is that? Lovely pics especially the dust bath

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:50

Sooooo....the shredder saga continues. I took the small mutt for a walk at 6.15 this morning, (poor little thing she was practically comatose at that hour) so I could get back and pack the thing by I then waited...and waited...until 2.00 pm when I heard a van slow down. Dashed out onto the pavement and a large white van with 'day and night courier' written on the back was about 40 feet down the road. Tesco use a firm called Yodel () to do their collections. I waved and tried to look needy and he drove off slowly, didn't turn around in the little side road there and I'm saying 'oh you numpty' under my breath...and off he goes! So I waited....and waited...and at 7.01pm I called Tesco and eventually (after 8 minutes) got put through to charming Scottish Davie who was very apologetic and said 'just leave the thing outside tomorrow'. We then discussed other things, (he recommends Isle of Jura as the best whisky.) He then said that if I was interested in the £75 shredder he would give me £20 off and he has paid that sum into my credit card. So he was charming and helpful, but I don't want to spend £55 on a shredder (in my dreams I would like a hand shredder as an old friend had 40 years ago, but no one does them that I can find) They had my address quite upside down, NOT the address that I put on the form online, something generated by a sloppy database.

I could not even go and weed the veg bed in case I missed the van driver. A wasted day really.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:36

New Rockery

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 18:02

I think tree hugger is right, maybe use some compost activator (urine is the cheapest) cover with soil mixed with a fair amount of grit perhaps. In the spring try throwing a couple of planks down and walking on it to see how much it is going to sink. If you build up some height with gritty earth, chances are the roots of the rockgarden plants may not reach the composted material.

This type of plant grows in poor rocky soil, so try to emulate that. Small stones will increase drainage, again emulating their natural conditions.

It is going to take a lot of earth to build it up, it does seem a little perverse to take the biggest dip in the garden and make a mound out of it. But if you have set your heart on it then good luck with it

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:50

B M, You could consider having some plants in pots, so that when there is a gap the pot can be sunk into the ground and easily removed if everything is getting squashed.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:47

I love jam jars of home grown flowers, just lovely

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:47

Lyn, wow

Beaus mum; I just bung them in, but the bed is an oval surrounding a tiny lawn, so I do consider 'echoing' colours. So if there is a salmon pink for example in the foreground I try to have a glimpse of something else salmon lurking in the background.

It's worth having quite a few different alliums for early in the summer; they add a bit of height and some like shubertii are truely spectacular, even though not one of the tallest. Everything this year is about 30/40 cm taller than usual because of the weather.

ngs garden in Peterborough

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

It's by appointment only as both the people work freelance. But they really know their stuff and were very patient with my ignorance All the Hostas at the entrance are in pots, which get moved I guess in the Autumn to make way for 60 varieties of Snowdrops!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:36

Yvie, i loved your samplers. I spent the long winter evenings doing some tapestry for a cushion

 My favourite piece of embroidery (I have a few ) is probably from the 1920s or 30s

 I am learning how to do all these stitches, so I can do something like this next winter

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