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Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:12

The gazanias and petunias have germinated. Sown Rudbeckia "Tiger Eye" and "Cherry Brandy", Swan River Daisies and Verbena "Dwarf Jewels".

2 Sweet Peas of the 36 I sowed on the 7th have germinated in the last day or two. Hope the others follow soon.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:54

What a lovely find! I used to have hedgehogs about 20 years ago and would find their nests but they disappeared. But there are badgers in the woodland at the side of the drive and last year I found an elderly dead badger in the lean to behind the garage. I wonder if the badgers have got rid of the hedgehogs. I hadn't heard that before.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:47

Good morning all.

It really poured last night, onto the already wet ground. Lawn is getting full of moss. But today there is a patch of blue in the sky between the clouds. My mum used to say if there's enough blue to make a pair of sailor's trousers then it will be OK!

Don't bother or even think about the bully, puncdoc. I don't click on ignore because I'm too curious, but usually I don't get too bothered.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 22:34

Bill, I'm really sorry to hear your news. Hugs and thinking of you and your wife.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 22:28

That joke above wasn't 3 Cornish men, it should be 3 wise women. Who changed it?! 

Plants for new border

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 22:13

As I said before, if it's a raised bed filled with good earth and compost it should be fine, especially if you feed and water it when necessary.

I had typed out a long paragraph all about plants before the privet hedge bit, but Internet had been playing up because of a fault in the phone line and it all disappeared. Don't know if I can remember it all now!

Is any of it in shade or will it all be in sun? Will you have shrubs and roses under planted with perennials? I was thinking about plants for winter colour and plants to contrast with the hedge. What about cornus that has brightly coloured stems in winter even though it will lose it's leaves? Or euonymus Silver Queen which would keep it's leaves and show up against the privet? Heucheras come with different coloured leaves, gold, caramel, lime green, dark red and they keep their leaves. There is choisya ternata Sundance with it's golden leaves. You could under plant with bulbs for spring and if you know anyone with too many snowdrops soon it will be time to divide them and replant. Some of these will grow in shade.

What type of peas.

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:08

There is nothing to beat a fresh young pea, eaten raw from the pod, you can't experience it unless you grow it. Worth any of the bothers of growing peas. But if you want something with hardly any waste then I recommend mange-tout peas (really good in stir fries) and runner beans.

Plants for new border

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:41

I don't think it's as bad as that. Could you move the bed forward a bit, keeping a strip for walking along at the back so that you can cut the hedge easily? If you have already dug the back you could put bark on the walking strip to keep your feet clean. Dig in plenty of compost and well-rotted manure, if you can get it (? local farm, riding stables) as the hedge will steal nutrients. It looks as though your bed is raised, so if it's filled with good soil the hedge shouldn't be a problem.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 09:48

Happy Birthdays KEF and Pam xx

Good morning all. I didn't see any Spam, must have gone now. What you all need to do is come here later and take it in turns for one person to get up earlier and report it! But I suppose that's hard for those going to work.

Supermarket this morning.

Plants for new border

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 23:37

Not sure that link works. Here's a different one. 

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