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Charlie November

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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 10:21

Rained since before the GC opened, so ...

Compost acquired. Rose filled to level. Bucket refilled. Honeysuckle pruned. 9 cuttings dipped in rooting hormone (never used it until this spring) and put into bucket. Soup pot of water added for humidity. Sticks added to hold bag. Bag added to retain humidity. Bucket with others against house wall. Tools put away. Shirt, trousers and socks damp. Time to drink Southern Comfort and sing Abba.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 18:38

Gave up on the woman who said she'd come and pick up one of my layered roses. It was up against the top of the bag and really needed freeing from the bag before the leaves started to rot. I thought it made sense to keep it bagged for transport, to protect the car, but the bag had to come off ... so I planted it here.

 After I'd dug the hole, I found that its roots were all down at the bottom, so maybe it's deeper than it needed to be. Glad I put it so deep, though, as I ran out of compost. Must get another bag and finish filling that hole tomorrow. Then I can re-use the bag, sticks and bucket (yes, a 10l bucket with holes in the bottom) and use some more of tomorrow's sack to take cuttings of ... hmm ... the "Late Dutch" honeysuckle, maybe?

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:47

By "don't be brutal," I take it you mean "give feedback," so here goes.

I like the blue theme and the way so many things are so many shades of blue. That definitely works for me. Very crisp detail on the windmill, no shake or motion blur, and good light all over, nowhere burned or gloomy. The top edge is good, with the cloud fully in the picture like that and the gull detail top-left. The only thing I'd change would be the horizontal positioning and/or scale. Your left edge chops through a building that's quite large relative to all the other features. It may have been better to either pan further right and zoom in a bit, leaving that building off altogether and getting a bit more open space to the right and a bit less sea and sky, or zoom out a bit and include all of that building as well as more space to the right and a little more sea and sky.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:41

Does making cakes count as gardening now? I can do that. I can even order the ingredients online rather than trekking 400m to the shop.

No gardening done today, but if the woman who wanted this rose doesn't come and get it tomorrow I'm planting it right here this weekend. It's up against the top of its bag and that's not good for it.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:37


"vinca (periwinkle)"

This the one?

 That's growing in a south-facing bed here, currently looking very happy about it. It's about ankle-deep, so you could plant the bigger shrubs then let it fill in between them without worrying about it overwhelming them.

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?

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It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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