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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:36

KEF might have it fidget. I think Panda may just be busy with wedding stuff, but....

Opposite weather here - been chucking it down all day 

On the plus side - I have a shelving unit in the new hall cupboard now, and the lounge is very clean and tidy  

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:22

Glad you liked the pipits Papi Jo and chicky. They're gorgeous little birds  

Your photos are stunning. The detail and the composition and the colour and...well,  everything! 

The droplets of dew are terrific too  

Sweet Pea

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:09

Have you got a photo Sue? I think you might be drowning them a bit. They need good drainage. We have a lot of rain up here so that's important for them, even later on when the foliage is big.

Too much heat isn't good for them, but unless they're in full sun all day, I doubt that's a big issue. 

I'd be inclined to buy a good seed to start with - pick something you like from a good supplier like Eagle's - available online, or buy something reliable like Cupani and see if it makes difference.

Last edited: 24 July 2016 19:12:10

Sweet Pea

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 18:55

I grow in pots every year. I use multi purpose compost with slow release food or tomato food now and again once buds start appearing. They're only watered if the soil's dry further down than about an inch or so.

Always use good quality seed Sue - that helps with germination. Don't crowd the pot either. A pot that size would only take a few plants. I use 6 to 8 in a 15 inch pot. 

These were taken a few days ago - Juliet

and Cupani - always very easy

All sown in small pots in spring, and then moved into those pots, but only because I had building work going on. It was tricky getting suitable space, and would have been quite late to sow direct,  which is what I usually do. 


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:27

You can have mine T'bird - we've had enough of it now  

Dry shade

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:25

You'll be bumping up Hosta's retirement fund pp  

Dry shade

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:17

Yes - renardii Joyce. The foliage is lovely - quite velvety and thick. Flowers are white with fine purple veining. The other planting has now taken over a bit (that pic was from over a year ago) so I'm taking it out and splitting it up to put further along.

Think it was still in it's pot there. it's grown loads too - must be the quality horse manure I put in  

I think a lot of the plants in that pic were shoved in (in  pots) to cover bare ground because of the cat issue Pp. Now that I have the water scarecrow I don't have the same issue. They don't like it up 'em 

looking for Joanne pepper...

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:09

Nice idea Tom.

 I think you would be best trying to contact one of the specialist growers of Dianthus. I'm sure there's quite a few and Mr Google will help you with that  

Unless someone else here already  knows of a supplier. 


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:43

My Mum always said that the first thing anyone would do when they moved into their house was rip out the kitchen. My Dad spent years making it...

Always a mistake to go back...

My old garden round the corner looks awful now. A woman along the road was talking to me one day and said she'd told the new owners that it used to be beautiful and they'd made it a mess. Wonder what they thought of her! 

T'bird - don't know what his excuse was the last time he was rude then! 

I've been cleaning everything that hadn't been moved from the lounge while the building was being done, and using the hoover now that I have a new belt for it and there's no excuse.

Blimey - the dust!   

It was heaving down outside so I had no choice..

Dry shade

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:36

So is that what you're having for dinner tonight Pp? 

I have Longacre nursery as a favourite on the laptop  

Might have been my Dicentra . Mine is in damp shade though. I'm not sure they like it too dry....but you should be ok over there PP! 

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