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Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:04

Lily - I'm sorry I missed your post about your friend.  Lovely that she's getting home. I hope she continues to improve and you can enjoy some time together  

So many people here have very tough things to deal with - either in the past or ongoing. 

A huge hug to all of you. 

Vinca to spare

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:29

Hi Tanty. I wouldn't have thought they would cause a problem. Is it an old stone wall? I can understand if you might then be concerned about the mortar. In fact, they might help hold it all together! 

I'm sure someone will come along and correct me if they have experience of them being a problem though. Some vincas can get quite rampant, but in a situation like that it probably wouldn't be an issue because they'd be quite dry. I find them better behaved in drier conditions. 

Sweet pea planting soil.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:23

Just bumping this up in case David K is on and he can offer any further advice for Rob 


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:21

In for some lunch. Very kind - thank you chicky 

Been out there working on the bits round the screen. It looks like I've done very little but it's all the fiddly things that take the time and I'm working on the little pond and the edging for the grass which will go in front of it. Just saw your comment on Garden Gallery and I can send you some of those nasturtiums if you want. There's only a few seeds in that pot and the pic doesn't really do them justice. They're a really rich colour. I have a lily with almost identical colours so I plan to have them for a hotter, jungly sort of bit near the new extension when it's built.  I'll have phormiums ,big foliage and some hotter colours for a bright, fiery spot I think 

Bet those rasps are scrumptious. My favourite fruit I think. Don't have room to have any here 


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:25

Dove - rustic dwarves...are they happy or grumpy? 

I'd get my coat, but the sun's shining now so I'm off to do something worthwhile outside 

Pretty colours Dove 

chicky - I hate when that happens    I've just put some pix on the gallery thread. The Canna I got last year as a change from ones I've had before isn't as nice as I hoped it would be - and now I don't know what to do with it 

Pyracantha hedge

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:19

Ali - it sounds like you did all the right things when you planted. I missed you saying they were young plants ()  so they should establish quite quickly. They're probably getting enough water and now that we're heading into autumn and winter they'll not need much attention at all. Just check the soil they're in by poking a finger in. If it's still damp just leave them. Overwatering can do more harm than good if the ground's water retentive anyway. As I said, my ground's heavy clay too, so I always add grit and lots of compost when planting anything if it likes a more free draining medium. I've just been out to look at some plants and the pyracanthas are all berrying up now. They are the ones in a shadier site so it just shows that they're pretty adaptable!  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:09

Lovely splashes of colour Victoria. You can see that late summer/autumn light coming in. It definitely changes the flower colours.

Took some pix later yesterday evening and also this morning

Canna Tropicanna

 the Canna with some of his friends

 the same this morning

 the Black Velvet nasturtiums on their own

 one of last year's white buddleia cuttings tucked in to a border

 sweet peas including a rogue lilac one, and verbena bon.

 and a view down that border from the  back steps

 with apologies for the horrid gravel and slabs - they won't be there next year I hope!

who is the thief?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 10:27

Deer can cause huge amounts of trouble Steve. They might look pretty but....

We were lucky at last house as the deer populations didn't encroach. The rabbits more than made up for them though 

It's my birthday

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 10:17

We need a Homer Simpson smiley ....that face he makes when he goes aaahhhh and drools 

I could eat that right now lily. Is that wrong? 


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:53

Morning Verd. Hope you're well today 

I'm the same as you about annuals. Not my favourite thing apart from pots, but I've tried a couple of things this year that I'm very pleased with. The dark nasturtium 'Black Velvet' is a  deep ruby red with an orangey throat, and velvety as the name suggests. I'm definitely going to keep seeds and grow more of them next year. Will try and get some pix. Did some last night but think they were a bit dark.

Morning Dove 

Enjoy your pears chicky 

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