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Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:56

Verdun and Dove, thank you so much for the advice, yes, it will be a big pot for the lovage. May have to start a separate thread for the tree peony, someone out there must know how to propagate them

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:52

I am truely ancient and love very neutral cool colours where you can then insert any mad colour you like and it will work! That is for interiors; outside I just work with the 'borrowed view' which is trees; green, and the English light which is soft, not harsh like the Mediterranean, or Caribbean, so I disapprove most heartily of Rhodadendrons in English woods as the colours are so harsh, almost vulgar in the context of softly tinted English woodlands. I think I better shut up now


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:44

Noooo, I need the space for veg, and the plant is about 10 years old, split at the base and getting a bit big for it's boots (roots?)

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:42

Phili2, I will be taking veg plants down (what are lab labs? 'scuse my ignorance) I am also taking many herbs, as some are very good ground cover, apart from being instantly usable like oregano and marjoram, which even if your garden is a complete disaster area, you can cut some herbs for supper. That has to make you feel better about your garden?

Wind has died down here at last. Have a lovely Sunday

Lord Anson Perennial Sweep peas

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:36

Dove, not that long surely I remember pterodactyls flying over Hyde Park! But I agree about the perennial sweet pea; awkward little bu....r that never really took off and certainly had negligable scent.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:31

Dove, I read recently that they do well in big pots. Any advice for the tree peony? ( Desperate from Norfolk?) I always invite the neighbours round for a drink in the 2 weeks that the peony is in flower as it is so spectacular. I sort of have to have it somewhere in the garden

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:27

Nat 4, As a mural painter who has done lots of children's murals, I would question whether children actually like very 'sugary' colours; in my experience, they like really strong colour combinations; not pastels. They also appreciate quite subtle colours. I have never met a child under 5 who likes pastels (when I can talk to them without their parents being present)


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:19

Nut, thank you for replying, I guess when I haul this massive thing out of the ground (Lovage) I can hack off a bit of root. The other prob is the tree peony; any ideas anyone?


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:14

I have used my own home made compost (sorry - am passionate about people making their own compost ) mixed with sharp sand and it is brilliant for growing everything. Of course there is no peat in it!


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:11

Oops... mine went out into troughs after being hardened off here in the Fens about 3 weeks ago. Despite slug pellets, some were destroyed, so have new seeds germinating to fill in the gaps. The ones that survived are doing well

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