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Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:51

Morning KEF  Are the magpies expecting a BBQ this evening?

Now that the feeders have been filled there's a flock of goldfinch fledglings out there, they really are noisy!

I think the hedgehogs must have had a pool party last night - the long grass next to the pond has been bashed down into the water in one area and the Lesser Spearwort flowers are in the water!

Clearing a garden

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:47

No, there's no need -  lay your turn flush against the edge of the patio so that you can run your mower straight over the edge - a metal/plastic/wood lawn edge with only look untidy and you run the risk of catching it with the mower.

Some tips here 

"For a flush finish to a patio/path, the topsoil should be laid to the same height as the patio/path because it is likely to sink slightly and turf is of minimal dept."

extract from 

Hope that's helpful.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:34

Morning Fg 

Second mug of coffee here.  I've just had to go out to top up the bird feeders - a newly fledged brood of bluetits were complaining because the level of the sunflower seeds had fallen below the top holes in the feeder - there are four other holes lower down, but they wanted more seed in the feeder so they could use the top holes 

Mystery climbing gernaium

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:30

If you have the time, have a read of this extract from The Confessions of an Old Gardener Sept 11. 1851 written by Donald Beaton  

In it he talks about the amazingly decorative conservatory walls in 'aristocratic houses' and makes plans to recreate this in a way accessible to most ordinary gardeners. In the last paragraph he talks about training geraniums to cover walls as I saw in the stately home where my friend was head gardener.

More help needed please . . . .

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:10
I agree it's a phormium - there are some ginormous ones in The Garth in the old part of Norwich School of Art.

I don't know that Hesperaloe but I'm glad you introduced us to it Bob It looks fab.

Nut, it would be perfect for your garden


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:00
Good morning all overnight temps in the teens again no wonder the toms and cukes look happy

It's the weekend so there's a big advert on the Private Message page and the reply box has disappeared again - at least it has for me.

Daniel is aware and it's on the list of things the tech team are going to look at, but for the time being if you want to send PMs you have to change your Forum Settings back to Basic Edit.

Once you've done with your PMs for a bit change the settings back or you won't be able to use smileys and post pics. I know it's a faff but we're gardeners, we're good at faffing!!!

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 06:52
Hmm - my Blue Angels have doubled in size this year - sorry - not meaning to rub salt in -
although we've had plenty of rain, you do have a small tree there, and hosta leaves keep the rain off as well - the surface of the ground under mine is as dry as a bone - do you think that tree may be taking moisture/nutrients?

I mulched mine with lots of home made compost last autumn and gave them a good dollop of Fish Blood & Bone in the early spring and will be feeding again shortly. Have you fed yours?

At least the slugs and snails seem to be leaving yours alone

Pretty garden

Isn't this lovely

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:09

 I agree - Handel - I've grown it too, and a friend had the climbing version on the front of her cottage - beautiful 

Help with ID please

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:07

If they are at eye-height for anyone, snip the ends off with a 


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:03

I've been growing Polka for the past couple of years and am very impressed, lots of large tasty fruit, trouble free growing and they freeze well too. 

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