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Four O Clock Flowers

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:46

This plant, Mirabilis, is called "Belle de Nuit", Beauty of the Night, in France where I live. It's grown quite commonly here. It doesn't like being cold and wet in winter. I have a friend who has a huge one in a pot on her terrace, which she protects in winter. It has so many flowers on it that it doesn't matter if they only last a day, it just makes more.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:38

Morning all. Have a good day all you workers. Am I actually here before Dove? Oh the joys of retirement! But I'm retired too and a late to bed, late to rise person.

I hope no one has been flooded. Very wet here, but we haven't had the winds that England has had. But who knows what the winter holds in store.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:12

Cleared up the greenhouse this afternoon, dead tomatoes and weeds all gone. Will wash it tomorrow.

Next job is to clear up the veg garden, amazing how many weeds have grown since winter started. It'll take a bit of time, it's 25 x 10 metres, but I don't use all of it.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 12:08

Clueless, what does the OH do then? Or are you a house husband?

Evergreen blocker

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:22

Which side of the fence is your garden? If the near side, in front of the gate I can only think of trees. Beech or copper beech keep their leaves well into winter, and The barn doesn't really dominate. But if it's the other side of the fence I can see it would dominate the end of the garden.

I don't know about growing through the hawthorn, how much space is there? Do you like conifers (please not Leylandii)? Or laurel should do the job, they can grow quite big. Or an island bed with assorted evergreens in front of the hawthorn to break up the line, with shrubs such as choisya, eleagnus Gilt Edge, a thuya, photinia Red Robin, a variegated holly etc.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:13

Does that mean you do the cooking, Clueless? I suppose that's something to do. You're lucky it's dry, here is squelch, squelch and the rain woke me up again in the night. There's nothing to paint or paper in the house is there? To keep you going until better weather comes back. Or garden planning?

Bill, in '99 there was a hurricane here, no electricity for 10 days, no water for 5 days, trees all over the drive so I couldn't get out for 2 days. I was so busy trying to keep the fires alight, shifting logs and sweeping the carpet with a stiff broom, doing washing by hand with water from the swimming pool, heated on a gas ring, that I didn't have time to be bored. Like in the olden days. But then I live in an old farmhouse in France so am lucky enough to have wood fires and a pool. Don't know how I'd have cope with flushing the loos without it.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:02

Good morning all.

Poured again in the night, but something I could do is to clean the greenhouse. Still has dead tomatoes in it.

Also need to return the costumes rented from friend of a friend that were used for OH's choir's Christmas Show.

August bloomers

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 22:56

Loads of annuals will be in flower then. Sarah Raven has lots of advice about cut flowers.

My daughter married in August, a few years ago, and we did the bouquets for the tables, it was informal and the evening meal was outside.

Here is a photo of all the little bouquets we did, but they are all close together on a table, being watered by a friend of my daughter. I grew most of the flowers in the veg. garden, Lavatera Silver Cup, cornflowers, love in a mist, salvia farinacea, white asters, and others and roses from elsewhere in the garden.



Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:09

Good luck Chicky. I hope tree surgeon gets there first. Don't let your OH anywhere near it.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:31

I've done my first gardening of the year too. Planted a tray of poor forgotten violas, 5 in a pot and 5 in the earth. They looked surprising healthy after the neglect.

I loved the flower fairies too. Still have the ones my mother had when she was a child, hardbacks, rather tatty now.

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