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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:40

Lovely border LilyP. Do you find things flower a bit earlier because of the micro climate?

That reminds me, I must go past the house near my last house where they have a huge 'bank' of white hydrangeas near the road as it's a shady, woodlandy bit. they're stunning when they're all in flower. 

Lily is not far from me Lesley - I may have to go and see her - to help with her walls of course...

The Red Admirals have arrived in my garden so I got a pic at lunchtime when they were  on the buddleia with all the others. It was lovely and quiet - all you could hear was bees, bees and more bees gently humming



Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:29

Hi Jude - I directed my reply mainly to DE which is why I mentioned the raised beds, but you've already got those in place! Concrete can be more of an issue than general rock or  stone, as Dove has said, but providing there's enough soil I don't think it will be a major problem. I've sometimes put landscape fabric over rubble before adding soil. It helps to stop all the soil washing down through it, but it's a good idea to add a bit of finer gravel or stone to fill the gaps in first. I did that last year on some of my new raised beds - for the same reason as you! 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:09

Lovely to see you chick - we wondered where you'd been 

Lesley - did you find a dead cow somewhere?.....

Verd - I know you don't want more tourists coming down there, but really - that's a bit extreme   Lesley's got plenty of food if you're hungry. No doughnuts though.

Bit thundery here too GGirl, and we've had some  heavy rain and more forecast. Hope it doesn't last too long. I knew my compost would be best of course...

Builder man coming to see my plans in an hour. Hope he can give me a start date that isn't next year, but I'm not holding my breath. 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:00

I've often had to garden on rubbishy ground. As long as there's enough depth of soil for whatever you want to plant, it's usually fine. If you've got established planting which would be very hard work to remove completely, the best thing is to mulch well with decent compost regularly, which will gradually raise the depth of soil. If it's possible to remove the planting, but you want to leave the rubble, you can increase the planting depth by making more of a raised bed with brick,stone or timber edging, and then adding more soil/compost etc. to fill it up before replanting. 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 08:11

Morning doc - it was just a bit of a knee jerk reaction to some replies to a query.....

Is your appointment at two thirty? 

It's ok - I've got my coat to work now 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 08:04

Nice cannas fidget and BL.  The one I got a couple of years ago as a bargain is just starting to flower. I had to shelter it from the stormy weather the other day in case it wrecked the first flowers!

This is one of my oak leaf Hydrangeas coming into flower. The foliage is already turning - it goes a beautiful colour.



Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:56

That's a good idea Dove - helluva commute for me though....

Cyclamen which way up

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:55

I love them - I have white ones in the narrow shady border at my back fence where you can see their bright little flowers from the house on the dull autumn days. A very underrated plant, and they're good in alpine pans as well, especially if you can raise them up nearer eye level so that you can admire them as you go by  

Cyclamen which way up

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:47

I can just about see one of mine (hederifolium) from the kitchen window - with it's pointy, 'rooty' looking bit sticking up, and the foliage clear of that. It can be quite confusing when you just see them bare though  


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:42

Morning all. Dull here but hopefully a bit warmer than the last few days. Your nighttime temp was higher than our daytime one on Tuesday Dove! Can you send that warmer stuff up her pretty please 

You've been very busy Woody. Don't forget to take a break and admire your work now and then,  and  put some pix of the alpines on the Gallery thread 

Off for a look round before I go to work. have a good day whatever you're up to 

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