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Latest posts by chicky

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 10:01

A mature cornus kousa chinsensis.  When I can decide where to put it I will plant one here - but fear I will never appreciate its full glory.  There is one in the village about 100 years old - truly magnificent when it flowers (which will be any day now).  Stops the traffic !!

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:00

Patsy - it did so! You have been/are going to be very busy


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:48

Think it's coming here tomorrow

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:46

Nut - many thanks. Am passing a GC today so will get some seeds going.  Thank you for "holding my hand" on this long term project .  One question every six months is a difficult one to keep a thread going for.  You can be sure that if it ever succeeds, I will be giving "my friend Nut" all the credit - people can make of that what they will!!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:38

Another day off for me! Looks pretty miserable but got some GH jobs planned. Thanks to Verdun I have the best looking cosmos plants I have ever grown! They have been mercilessly pinched out and endlessly potted on, and now look like the ones on sale in the GC (the ones that have been forced in a Dutch hothouse somewhere!).  I also know which are red and which are white (didn't label the pots and then mixed them up) by the colour of the stems - another piece of forum advice.

oh, how I love this site 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:25

KEF - how lovely! I bought one of them a couple of weeks ago (after being inspired by a pic of one in Lizzie's garden) - but am obviously not good at recognising them yet. It is currently tiny, but near the back of the border, so can afford to be a bit boring for some of the time!

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:40

WoF - sounds like your meadow is really coming along - great news.

Nut - I took your advice last year and planted patches of yellow rattle seed to try and subdue the grass in my meadow.  These have all taken (yippee ) so am expecting the yellow flowers very soon.  The question is, what next ?  Do i plant plugs of wildflowers in the rattle patches, or do I leave them to get going and not plant anything else til next year ??  I know you are the expert - sorry for nicking someone else's thread - but it is wildflower related !

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:49

I was using the term "grass" quite loosely.  Its mostly moss, but at least its green

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:47

You're so clever Nut !  And Birdy, it really is a lovely wisteria - good long flowers and a nice shade too.  They are one of my favourites - but v late this year.

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:37

Wintersong - it is looking great - you have a great eye.  I'm rubbish at visualising how things will end up - I let OH do the designing and I just fill in with plants after.  My favourite bit is your arch/arbour - what it growing up it?

And FG - your pond was magnificent.  Amazing how a path and a seat can transform the look of an area !

My before and afters are quite boring - before was just grass - lots of it !  I'll keep the "afters" coming bit by bit

Discussions started by chicky

Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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