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Charlie November

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Daphne perfume princess

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:49

Judging by search results, mostly "German."

Judging by English search results that aren't about women's fragrances, soil-based, slightly acidic, possibly mixed with a bit of sand to improve drainage:

Crocus says "moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil"

Van Meuwen are more helpful: "Grow Daphne shrubs in moist, fertile, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Choose a position in sun or semi shade. When growing in containers use a soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3."

The Telegraph's site is a clone of Crocus. Kind of obvious when you do this search.

Wyevale Garden Centres say: "NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON! Sign up here to get spammed with emails about it forever!" Well then, sod Wyevale.

Tesselaar have a little more info: "Performs well in a range of soil types, but prefers slightly acidic soils; avoid very heavy water logged conditions."

Finally, because copy-pasting from their site makes a mess of the text-entry box here,

Plantmark say: "Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Well Drained"

Edit: Hey, something learned: posting and then editing the post tidies up that mess.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:36

"North-facing," "heavy clay," "shade" and "boggy/damp shade" ...

Not the widest range of options, but as lost as you don't hate pink you can work with them.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:41

Thanks for the idea but pyracantha's more of a fight than I like to take on. I wreck enough pairs of gloves as it is.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:48

Oooh, I hadn't thought of fruit trees.

Now I'm going to be obsessing about where I can put a load of cherry trees, too. Unfortunately, orangepippin don't seem to have anything small enough to go there without getting over the porch roof. Maybe if I put something further south along the west-facing wall ... ?

Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:16

Eesh, by the time I saw the text under the pictures I'd already gone: "THAT'S NOT A SLOW-WORM!" I was half-expecting to see another hand under its head. I don't think we get those here. They like it fairly dry, like Ilkley Moor, don't they?

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:43



Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:33

No sign of lilies yet this year, so no sign of lily beetles yet either. I'll be watching ...

Current state of play at the near end:

 Crocus still very much in bloom

 Hyacinths on their way. Been up a couple of weeks now at least, and now making it obvious who they are.

 Chionodoxa are few in number this year, but appreciated. I may have to top them up with a new layer.

 Anemone looking good. The bee wasn't interested, though.

 A beautiful golden shade on this ... wait. I didn't plant that.

 The Akebia is going to do something on this side of the fence this year after all. I thought maybe it was only decorating the south side.

Rose cuttings: timing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

 Last autumn's cuttings, a few months old now. The green bucket (handle broke off so it got some piercings and a new job as a plant pot) is the less vigorous pink-flowered rose with canes, a big (birdfood) bag and a plastic tray of water to keep it humid in there. The little black pots are the energetic red rose just standing in compost and taking its chances. I really need to borrow the entire high school and use up 100 pots, 50 bags, 250 canes, a few rolls of tape and tonnes of compost to get scientific results on how much good the bags do, but that one's been so successful I really need to take the bag off it and find it a new home.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:26

Looked at garden.

Had a chap round last week to look at the trees. Hoping he'll come back and cut a few down. Anybody want a LOT of fresh wood? Not sure whether we'll get all the ash, but willow, alder, leylandii, some ash and some sycamore will be available.

One idea for gardening: this spot at the front:

 It's facing south-west. The spaces beyond those walls are unheated, but it's still a warm, sheltered, sunny spot. Magnolia? Clematis? Burkwood viburnum?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:01

Yep. The website's been getting odd about pictures for a while now. Some of mine won't show while I'm posting but appear when I look at the thread again.

They look lovely. Is that dandelion and bramble on the left in the last monster? I can grow those here too! Never got to make my own dandelion and burdock, but bramble tarts I can bake.

Solar eclipse got chilly up here too. Not as abrupt as the '99 one was in Bedfordshire. We had clear skies there for that one, so it was a sharp temperature drop. This time it was mostly overcast, so already cool.

Sounds like you have a milder climate down there than I'm used to up here in the desolate north-east. Do you get to grow exotics? Are you in the grape belt yet?

Speaking of climate, did you see the thing in the papers a couple of weeks ago about subsidising North Sea oil extraction to keep it going? Here I thought we were worried about how much it'd cost to get our carbon footprint down and they're talking about paying to keep it up.

Discussions started by Charlie November

An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Last Post: 20/03/2015 at 22:49

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 19:14

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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