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Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 07:24

Mike - that's fantastic - what an achievement - thank you 

Someone, can't remember who, once said that Old Age was proof that God has a sense of humour 

Hope you're feeling much better soon ((hugs)) 


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 07:10

Good morning Chicky - our white world went pink when the sun came up - looked like candyfloss!

Panda - I think I'd have been slightly annoyed too!!!  Hope he's getting you another one!  Where's that picture we had of the lovely little planting in a broken pot? 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 07:06

I'm planning a new bed for the front garden - alkali, west facing on good loam but a bit of a frost pocket.  The bed is going to be roughly L-shaped with a trellis 'fence' behind one 'leg' which hides the bins. The 'leg' across the front of the house will be 4m x 1.5m and  the other leg will be 3m x 2m at it's widest, but mainly 3m x 1m because of the bins behind the trellis.  

I have some plants I have been saving for this bed - one particular one is a special Bearded Iris Boxford Spice - this was hybridised by the late Ellis Carpenter whose daughter is my daughter's friend - it's not commercially available and I'm very lucky to have some rhizomes which are being kept for me   It's a wonderful mix of colours, magenta/gold/browny-bronze and creamy-tan details here .  My idea is for this to be at one end of the bed near the front door, Paeonia mlokosewitschii  will live nearby and Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans   will be behind them. 

At the other end I will have  Clematis Daniel Deronda  and Clematis Will Goodwin and possibly a pink one will look good there too along with my Rosa glauca (thank you Fidget) .

Any suggestions for other plants to go with these?

I'd quite like some height - something tall which would look good from the west facing window at sunset perhaps?  And I'd like something to give winter interest - maybe Cornus Midwinter Fire?

What do you think?

Oh, I forgot, there's also a Viburnum Bodnatense Charles Lamont to fit in somewhere 



Posted: 24/03/2014 at 06:26

Good morning all  

A lovely pink sunrise over the crisp frost - down to -1.3C and not risen at all yet this morning.  Hefty had been out and eaten his supper so all appears well in the hedgehog world even if it is a bit frosty.  

Serious garden planning to be done today - plant combinations to work out.  I might start a thread for suggestions .... 

looking for prunus!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:48

Lots of suppliers in Australia but can't find any in UK. 

Citrus cuttings

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:54

Where do you keep your citrus plants?  

A friend of mine was head gardener at a stately home, and she grew lots of large citrus in a proper orangery - it was wonderful - at that time I had a large conservatory porch which was perfect, and the perfume from the blossom of the little ones I grew from seed was wonderful.  Sadly at this house I don't have anywhere to grow citrus.  

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:33

Hadn't heard about not cutting a hawthorn - as it's a traditional hedging tree that would be difficult to avoid, but there's a traditional belief that you should never cut down an elder tree as it's the home of The Elder Mother, a supernatural spirit who protects the home.  

There is a belief that you shouldn't cut hawthorn blossom (may blossom) and take it into the house or you'll have bad luck. 

As for red and white flowers together, back in the days when you took flowers to patients in hospital, it was quite common for nurses to reject a bunch of red & white flowers because of superstition (they would say 'red and white is Blood and Bandages) or they would add some flowers from another bunch to make it ok. 

gardeners world

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:17

Sweetpea Welcome   Great to hear that gardening has you hooked 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:11

Roast pork, roasted squash, and broccoli from the garden all eaten   feet up and watching Countryfile - about the North Norfolk beaches and storm damage.

Love the piggy with the twirly tail 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:05

If ok with bye laws and the neighbours etc I don't have a problem with an occasional bonfire to burn some woody material and the dried roots of perennial weeds - it provides useful potash for the garden. 

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