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Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:51

Madam Alfred carriere is lovely lily - some of the honeysuckles have lovely cream flowers too - you could do a combo.

Fairy - had Duchess de N in last garden - beautiful, and lovely smell too.  

Verdun - oh is looking at petrol hedgetrimmers - how long do yours last before needing a recharge ?  And would they be strong enough for beech hedges ?

Where's Dove ?  Either hole went as far as Oz and they are having a quick visit, or maybe her and OH are stuck in said hole without a ladder.  How long do we leave it before alerting search and rescue ??

Thanks to Folks on the Forum

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:58

So pretty


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:53

Gorgeous day here - t-shirts all day.  Re-discovered some more of my plants underneath their blanket of leaves and acorns (all of which are now sprouting - never mind, oak saplings are easy to weed) - all my echinaceas coming through, my bells bank geums and lots of eryngiums.  All very exciting.

pond looks like a herculean task dove - oh is a hero.  Love peonies Fairy - which one are you going for?  Off to google kedera gh's to see what Andy is hankering after. Might need a snooze too - all that fresh air has got to me

Container grown Acer

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:15

On siting - make sure it is not in a windy spot - they hate it!  

Not sure about the best pot - but my gut feel would say terracotta - more stable, looks better, stops the roots cooking in the summer.  Good luck with it, they are lovely little trees !  I have a couple of big ones, and a whole set i am nurturing from baby plants from an offer a few years ago.  I was advised (nursery lady at hampton court flower show) to only pot them on a pot size at a time, as they try to put on enough root growth every year to fill their pot - and if the new pot is much bigger than the old, they sometimes wear themselves out with the effort


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:40

Andy - you'll need another GH for all those baskets.  Hope GH's go up, pond's get deeper, hedges get longer and veg patches get fluffier.  Gorgeous here today, will be gardening all day - bliss!  Magnolia starting to flower here, so we will now be on tenterhooks just in case a frost ruins the display over the next few weeks

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:26

Love PiNK from the bottom up - might stand half a chance of remembering it now Mrs G you are a genius


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:19

Allium - I thought GW was sad too

Two stepover pears planted, hostas potted up, daffs in the ground, and lots of time spent furtling for new shoots - happy times 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 14:26

Hey Fairy - your bulbs are up !!


Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:03

Not got any photos of it in bloom - and it looks a bit drab at the moment!  Remind me again in June


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:29

Panda - once the flowers are over the japanese quince responds well to a good bit of hacking.  Ours was a tree when we arrived here, but it was in the way of ladder access to our chimney (don't ask, long story) so OH felled it.  It has come back beautifully as a multi stemmed shrub.

the prunings take well as cuttings too (someone in Flooded Gardens might like one)

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