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Charlie November

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Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:36

Oh, I've just got your common or garden man-in-the-street anemone blanda here. Nice little blue flowers early in spring. Some of the others look wonderful but like you said they'd be an expensive way to carpet an area. £15 per plant? Really? Sure, I'll take 100 of those ...

I think you could get a good patch of woodland anemones very cheaply as long as you don't mind waiting about ten or twenty years for your initial purchase to spread itself out.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:26

Just for you fans of the process, then:


Camera Corner

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:16

Well ... sort of. Orion Nebula, the middle "star" of the sword:

 Orion's belt:

 Sorry about the caption but the forum didn't like it without that.


Not the best pictures, are they? I should probably get my tripod back and use that rather than leaning on a gate.

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:24

Almost the same image as before:

 ... and, at the same zoom level (but shown zoomed in more when embedded here because it's a smaller image), something else visible up there tonight:

 Not the best picture ever, but I was leaning on my car! That's Jupiter and one of its moons. Now to put in fresh batteries  and go back out to try for a nebula!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:43

"Gunnera will love wet and boggy depends if you want a giant umbrella"

*image search*

Good grief!

Umm ... maybe not. So, time to look through an online catalogue! Plants that like it wet and don't mind being in the shade?

Bergenias, red bistort, eastern bog laurel, water iris, bugle, queen of the prairies, globeflower or loosestrife, maybe false goatsbeard, cuckoo flower, arum lily or calla lily and just possibly peruvian lilies but they seem bad to touch and harder to maintain.

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:16

Lyn, they're pretty much all three together. Where they are along the border seems to make more difference than which they are.

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 23:13

Lots of green in my bulb patch, but only the crocuses are actually flowering. The rest of them are just green bits above the soil. Anemones next, I think, then chionodoxa, then the gladioli, narcissi and hyacinths, then the lilies if any of them survived the winter.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 23:10

"Still far too wet and boggy to do any gardening."

Today I put the washing lines back up. It's not really drying weather again yet, although it's come close recently, but they have to go up so the actual paid gardener can mow the lawns around them, which are definitely growing. The paths I trampled feeding the birds over winter are starting to recover and the rest of it's getting ankle-deep in places.

In the process I found that the tiny back lawn, apart from being patchy and full of buttercups, is also very, very soggy. I may have to spend some time with a spade there, creating two very short drains. Not sure I fancy the part where I'll have to tunnel under the hedge from the lawn side and from the riverbank to let them actually drain out. Ugh. Then they need sand or river-washed pebbles to bed the pipes and two lengths of pipe, and then they need filling in again. Crappy little lawn. Are there any nice plants that love soggy ground? Can I just rip up that crappy turf and plant a load of marsh mallows or something? Would anyone object?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 12:28

I pruned the roses last year and kept all the prunings as cuttings. Pretty successful in getting new baby rose bushes ... but not quite so successful at pruning the rose, which responded by putting up a new 30" branch over winter. I should probably get another big pot and take that off as another cutting for someone.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 14:45

Spent some time yesterday and four hours today hauling other people's crap to the HWRC. Had to make two trips because the van I hired for the job couldn't hold it all. Got expanded polystyrene and MDF out from behind a trellis, took an old mattress off the back lawn and threw at least two large slugs into landfill, so it counts as gardening.

Also fed the birds.

Not sure where in the world you are, Victoria, but my bulbs are already coming up in dense patterns all over their bed. I'm kind of hoping there will be a few gaps so I can get at the hedge behind it to prune the tops again. Privet doesn't half come back fast. Going to be an awkward job to replace that when the honey fungus finally eats it all, but I reckon that'll take another 20 or 30 years yet. S.E.P.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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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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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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