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Posted: 19/11/2015 at 16:10

Hello folks - back from visiting Ma - she is very happy (fluttering her eyelashes at the male carer who took her for a push around the town this morning).  Talking complete bunkum - but very happy.  A bag of fruit pastilles for her handbag made life even better

Wet and miserable here now 8.9C at the moment.  The sun is low in the west and as supper is prepped I'm on the sofa with you lot, my knitting and Roger Federer (might as well try to pick up a few tips ).

I know I said I don't like the heat Hosta, but have you got room for a middle-sized one in your suitcase?  Perhaps I could learn to like it

On the other hand, I've just noticed Hellebore orientalis Mrs Betty Ranicar has buds just beginning to burst open, and a Christmas Rose type hellebore in the front garden is in full bloom; Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' is covered with flowers as is Viburnum Bodnantense Charles Lamont.   Just think of all the things I'd miss if I wasn't here in the winter

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 15:49

If you dig below the water table it will fill up with water, whether or not you have a wall around it - it will be like a sump. 

Tell us more about your garden, show us some photos, and maybe we can come up with some suggestions about giving the  impression of a change of levels and other interesting features it would be possible to create in your garden


Posted: 19/11/2015 at 10:11

Heading south to visit Ma when I've finished this coffee ... see you later folks


Posted: 19/11/2015 at 08:46

Good morning Pdoc

Bay trees help

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 07:45

I don't think they'll be happy in normal multi-purpose compost -  fine for short-lived bedding plants etc, but they need something more substantial - they're trees and need proper soil i.e. loam-based compost in a large container .

coppicing the hazels

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 07:41

That's made a difference Nut   It'll be interesting to see how the increase in sunlight affects that spot

Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 07:27

My experience of watching other people's Sumachs, is that they don't sucker until you prune them ................ then they sucker as if their lives depended on it. 

If you plant one and leave it alone you may be ok - until someone, something or a strong wind knocks a branch off ..............


Posted: 19/11/2015 at 07:22

Good morning all   G'day Pat

RB ((hugs)) it's an awful thing to have happened and you're in shock ((hugs))  .  Doctors can do amazing things (can't they Pdoc?) - but it will take time - thinking of you all ((hugs))

KEF ((hugs)) Join the club!   I blame Ma - she's had high BP since she was younger than me - it's in me genes!


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:07

Sounds like a good cat to have 

Bay trees help

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:01

They're not going to put on new leaves at this time of year, but hopefully in the spring you'll see new growth. 

I grow mine in a loam based John Innes No 3 and added horticultural grit in a ratio of 1 part grit to 3 of the compost.  

Bays are quite hungry plants and I feed spring and mid summer with Fish, Blood and Bone and in the summer I spray the foliage every couple of weeks with a seaweed-based foliar feed. 

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