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A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 07:55

What a lot of work you've done. So satisfying 

The poppies will just have seeded in - they like damp shade so that's why they'll like your aspect there! Think they're the welsh ones if they flower just now. The other ones (icelandic poppies)  flower earlier, but I might have that the wrong way round 

Lovely views you have there too greenlove. Hope your garden goes from strength to strength. We have a Garden Gallery thread specially for pix of our gardens so put some on there in case others miss these 

It's my birthday

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 07:47

Always nicking my bit too Verd...

Will you keep me a bit please Dove? 


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 07:44

Morning all. Chicky - that made me smile but I'm feeling smug since I'm off work this week 

Dry here so ideal for all the outside stuff I need to get on with. 

Hope the buddleia is looking ok Ggirl. Do you have it planted out? My white anems are full of buds so should be out soon. The poor canna's had some horrible weather to deal with while it's trying to flower so I doubt it will be very great unless we suddenly get some warm calm stuff.

I'd offer to do the grass Dove but the cable's not long enough 

Off to see what's what. Have a good day all

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:03

The winter pansies or the smaller violas are easy to find and give colour all winter Jesse. They're very happy in pots. You can use small evergreens like Hebes - the rounded, 'ball' types like Green Globe are particularly good - and also evergreen grasses like Carex Evergold,  which you could group together to give a larger display. Heucheras/Heucherellas are good foliage plants and there are lots of colours from bright greens and golds to  dark purples - many of them have contrasting veining. They'll grow happily in containers and most of these are happy in shade - even the Hebes will be fine over winter but will appreciate being moved into some sun in spring and summer.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas  

New garden

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:53

Fab hollie 

Lots of graft but great when it starts to take shape isn't it? Similar weather to me - so loads of things that grow well here should do well for you... 

Chuck us an egg if you've any going spare 

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:46

Can't beat a bit of deadheading - very therapeutic  

Does anyone know what this is/was

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:38

I agree chicky - they are absolutely stunning. When you watch a wasp harvesting wood from a fence to make into the 'paper' they make the nest with - you have to admire mother nature's skill  


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:06

Many ponds have the grass right to the edge Lyn so that it covers liner edging. You won't get too much soil going in - maybe a little initially. The only problems with grass is keeping the clippings out the water when you mow, and the edges get very wet because they act like a sponge - squelchy if you get lots of wet weather! It can be an advantage because you can plant into those edges and you don't need to worry too much about watering -  the roots will work their way into the soil behind the liner and some things will be quite happy in that couple of inches. We had problems with a pond liner because it had been installed  half way up the bank the pond had been dug into, and heathers planted on top. They were quite happy because the excess water ran down the liner and they just formed a huge mass of roots on top, but it wasn't funny when we had to remove and renovate some of  the dead and overgrown heathers, clear brambles and willowherb, and put new planting in.  

Fishy  - if you use a liner, a small one isn't too expensive, and you can use all sorts of stuff for the underlay - I've even used underlay! Old blankets, or something similar, are great because it's just to prevent the liner itself from getting punctured by any bits and pieces below. It's less of an issue in small ponds since you won't need to go into them to clear debris or move planting baskets etc. 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:34

Chicky   Don't envy you. Was quite relieved when oldest fairy child said she didn't want to learn. She's quite happy using buses! Don't think the other one will be though...

I still remember my Dad trying to teach my Mum - going round the local church car park. We must have been quite young.  I taught ex husband initially- he couldn't drive when I met him. Went off the idea when he reversed my car into a post though....  I forgave him and he was ok after that! Many an hour driving round a nearby industrial estate. I knew how to live! 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:19

I'll try DD - or I can send daughter over with her trusty pickaxe...or maybe just a hoe   

Honeysuckle was easy BM - I hacked it back to the ankles and daughter did the rest...

It was a mess - didn't really flower and had been poorly maintained before I inherited it. All it was doing was providing a screen from prying eyes, tied onto the old bit of rotten fence which will be coming out.  I now have the same as Yvie - a big gap 

Have a nice nap Dove. I'll be off for a kip soon too 

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