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Posted: 20/08/2012 at 22:14

What a shame   What happened to them - do you have any pictures?  It would be good if we could try to diagnose the problem so you can try to beat it next season 

Planting along a garden path

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:58

I would have said that santolinas are not as long lasting as lavenders - Cornish winters are not usually as hard as those just a little further north, and while I admit that santolinas have a smell, personally I would not compare it with the beautiful scent of lavender. 

The lavender fields in Norfolk  cope with everything that the east wind from the Urals and the North Sea can throw at them every winter and look at them

The plants are cut back rigorously every year and they last for years and years.

Trailing Perennial

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:43

I think I'd go for an evergreen clematis. This one is beautiful  and would would trail down the steps quite happily - the only pruning it needs is to keep in tidy and within bounds.

Or this one - not as dramatic, but beautifully scented 

Ash Tree Stump

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:32

Looking forward to seeing a pick of the honeysuckle happily growing up the fence 


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 06:39

Are you talking about fine spiders' webs?  It's the time of year, and the right weather conditions for small spiders to go ballooning

Planting along a garden path

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 06:21

Some info here

add some grit to the soil as lavenders like it well drained, and mound the soil slightly then put your plants into it, so that when it rains the plants aren't sitting in a damp hollow. 

It'll look gorgeous - there are several different lavenders that would be suitable, I'd recommend one of the English varieties as they're hardier.

Enjoy your gardening 

Plants from the east village

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:51

The round one is a Buxus topiary ball


Can't really see what the taller one of the two is - it could be a bamboo.

Why not contact Locog and ask them?

Cabbage Butterflies & Nasturtium

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:46

When my daughter was little she had her own little garden and one year she grew nasturtiums - the caterpillar invasion was worse than usual and she had very little ofher plants left - she was sad so I explained that the caterpillars who had eaten her plants would grow up into butterflies.  She gave me a big grin and said, 'Mummy, it isn't a garden - I've got a butterfly farm!' 


Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:42

Yes Peter, it is, at least some of the time  

We discovered yesterday that our resident hedgehog is a mum; she and a half-grown hoglet were eating the food we put out for her every evening.  

We have several frogs in our garden (next door have a pond where they spawn), and today we discovered several little this year's froglets.  

Our sweetcorn is full of flowers and little cobs and looks amazing, the blackbirds are virtually living in the runner bean wigwams and there were loads of bumble bees on our Russian Giant sunflowers today.

And my OH and I have just eaten a tub of mint choc chip ice cream 

Life is definitely great today 



Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:34

I've just watered my  big border with a Nematode solution to get the dratted vine weevils   They're chomping their way through my primulas, rambling roses, alchemilla and honeysuckles 

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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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