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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 22:58

I love this thread! So many great pictures

Deano, your plot still looks fabulous - can you bear to pick anything?

I also spotted fairy in the corner - that girl gets everywhere!!

KEF - i grew a batch of Laura phlox from bare roots this year - they have just started flowering - very pretty


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 22:01

I find weeding very satisfying - never admitted that before 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:09

Welcome back Gilly - never been to Hyde hall but It's on my list 

Dog is doing fine thanks KEF - tail all up and curly. He really is incredibly cute. Just got back from walking him.  His party trick is to find the biggest stick he can and try to carry it all the what round - makes getting through narrow gaps a bit of a challenge.  He has now flopped in. Heap at my feet.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 07:07


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 06:54

Morning all - and what a lovely morning it is.

Unfortunately I have to go put on some smart clothes and heels, and shut myself inside for a day.

Just checked weekend cuttings and they are all standing up - so I think they have made it through that first crucial stage.  Will ignore them for a bit now - I have found cuttings are a bit like the proverbial "watched pot".

Forum up the creek

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:36

Me too Nut !  I was saying to OH earlier, this is perfect weather for gardeners - 3 or 4 nice days and then a downpour - keeps everything fresh, but also lets you get out there and enjoy it too.  2013 will be a summer to look back on with a smile

baby apples in my garden

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:32

Squirrels pinched all my apples, pears and plums last year.

This year I read somewhere that they don't like the smell of soap, so I have hung little mesh bags of  the smelliest soap I could find in the trees.  So far, so good ..... although I am nervous posting this in case I am tempting fate. Do you think squirrels log in to the forum??

create meadow?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:07


Not sure I should really be giving advice on this - as I have been trying to create a flower meadow (with not much success) for the last 5 years.  However, the one thing I have learnt during my efforts is the importance of yellow rattle - its a plant that's parasitic on grass so keeps the grass down and gives the flowers a chance to grow.  In the patches where I have got YR going I am having much more success.

I bought my YR seed last autumn and sowed in patches straight into the ground.  It needs to get good and cold before it germinates, so needs a winter exposure.

Good luck with it

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:00

Archie - that's why we do it - they always taste so much nicer when they are your own

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:58

Dove - picnic sounds a lovely idea - nearer the time I will keep fingers crossed for some perfect picnic weather (doesn't work if you do it too far in advance !). 

And you are right about Forum Friends - people often drift in and out, and there is no way of knowing whether it is for good or bad reasons.

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Rose "The Fairy"

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