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Firsts for the year

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:11

Oh what bliss!  We had moorhens nesting on the pond and the moat at the farmhouse where I grew up - I used to love those black fluffy balls on stilts - haven't seen any really little ones for ages - jealous!!!

Maybe we should've dug a bigger pond 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:25

Oh you must get another clematis - it's like keeping chickens - it's cruel to only have the one 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:13

I love Clematis alpina Pamela Jackman - I planted this one in 2012 - look at it now!


 Plant it, give it some FB&B, water it and stand well back 

Decision ........ where can I plant some more Clematis alpinas?

Unknown shrub

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:01

It looks to me like one of the single forms of Kerria japonica 

the double form, Kerria japonica Pleniflora is more commonly seen, but the single is charming.  The link gives details of how to prune it to show it at it's best. 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:22

Who?  me?  

I've also watered the Weed & Feed into the front lawn, and watered all the recently planted perennials and shrubs with the hose, and made sure that the honeysuckles have all had a good soaking, as one of them is already showing signs of powdery mildew.  

Shall I show you a picture of part of the front lawn, so you'll see why I've used Weed & Feed on it?

 The bumble bees love it ............. but the seeds blow onto our elderly neighbour's lawn - he already has a degree of dementia - don't want to make matters worse 

Think I need a shower and then we'll go and get a takeaway ............. 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:14


OK I'll tell you -  as well as a small bottle of Essence of Barley Straw to deal with the greening of the pond, I bought two large ready planted baskets of marginal plants for the pond, and some more Water Violet and two Water Soldiers.  The ready planted baskets worked out much cheaper than their constituent parts so were a good deal.

 They're the two baskets at the far side of the pond.  

Then.............. for the front garden I bought a Bergenia 'Overture', Verbascum 'Sierra Sunset' - gorgeous peachy apricot with rusty burgundy centres, and a clump of Camassia leichtlinii Caerulea - everything planted and watered 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:59

Hello Linda Taylor  I was at school with Linda Taylor - is that you?  It was a very long time ago ................................. 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:57

Well, that's been a good day - I did some planting and weeding and watering - I went to the GC to buy a Stipa gigantea, but they didn't have one - how did I manage to come away with a boot full of plants and £70 lighter in my purse  

Thank goodness some of those £££ were vouchers  Phew!!!

Shall I tell you what I got ................................................. 

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:52

Little beggars!!!  I only have one delphinium plant - I squidged 3 caterpillars, bdooly hill!!! 

Thank you Bob - have one on me


Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:47

I shall go and have a look ..................

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