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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:37

Lamium orvala - thanks Berghill 

Fidget, aren't the Forget me Nots pretty - we've got them popping up on the Shady Bank - no idea where they came from 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plants to put in guttering

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:32

I don't think that guttering would work - it wouldn't hold enough compost for plants' roots, and being shallow would dry out quickly.

What about some wall/fence mounted baskets - you can get some very nice ones in wrought iron which you line with a special liner, or I had some lovely ones made from woven willow - they fixed on the fence and I grew strawberries in them - but you could grow all sorts of pretty things. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:25

New potato salad at KEF's in a few weeks everyone!!!

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Dwarf tree year round interest?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:21

What about  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3345615/Winter-beauty-Prunus-x-subhirtella-Autumnalis.html - beautiful pale pink blossom on bare branches whenever there's a few days milder weather in the winter and early spring.  

It doesn't do much in the summer, but as the article suggests, as the foliage is light you could grow a small clematis up it for summer colour, then the leaves colour beautifully with soft yellows and rosy pinks during the autumn.

I know it says it can grow big, but I know one growing in really good conditions which is over 20 years old and isn't any more than 8ft tall.  

It's such a pretty and elegant little tree, and how wonderful to see blossom in midwinter when you're doing the washing up 

Fan trained Fig

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:10

Hi redkat

Very helpful info re pruning figs and general cultivation here  http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/fig-trees-for-gardens-and-greenhouses/ 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:29

As long as it doesn't impinge on the log cabin - I was thinking he could lay us a lovely patio outside with that polished slate I was talking about - lots of slate in Cornwall 

Pea sticks

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:25

How long is a piece of string - a lot depends on how big they are when cut, how they've been dried, what the weather's like when you're using them etc.  

The chaps on the allotments in our village would cut faggots of pea sticks from hedgerows every winter, and they'd be bundled up and stacked against the allotment shed wall waiting to be used.  

Then when the peas were harvested and the pea haulms were dry the pea sticks and the  haulms would be pulled up together and used to make a bonfire, on which the roots of perennial weeds (which had been drying in a heap all summer) would be burned.

 Because of the twiggy nature of the fuel the ash would be full of potash which would be spread on the allotment.  Nothing wasted and very little had to be bought.  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Just squidged another one 

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Trained as a fine artist, ran a smallholding and catering business, then worked as an arts administrator at a gallery and early music venue (bliss) but eventually redundancy found me seeking another post - I went to work for the LA Children's Services Children with Disabilities team as a temp and got hooked - by nature I'm a problem solver and wow, what a lot of problems to solve!  So they trained me and I worked there until last 5th November when I retired with rockets, fountains, catherine wheels and sparklers 

Supposed to be writing and painting - but when spring comes gardening keeps getting in the way 

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:09

I don't think the Roundup is to blame (I'll probably be accused again of working for Monsanto - those of you who know me know that nothing could be further from the truth, but hey ho ) - I think it's more likely that the recent cool temperatures are the reason it's not germinated - my guess is grass seed will start germinating soon as the temperatures are rising and we're also getting some damp weather. 

Don't put soil/compost over the top - grass seed needs light to germinate.

And don't worry - if it's not germinated in a fortnight rake it over and spread another lot.  It's only £2.50 per kilo at Wilkos 

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ID please

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Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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