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Eleagnus not flowering

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:09

I was just about to say that too nut - the flowers aren't big or showy.

Were you maybe expecting something more like a Hydrangea or Viburnum, Sharon? Eleagnus are great shrubs,  but really grown for their foliage.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:54

Hairy string Liri - reminds me of opening bales of hay and straw. It was wonderful stuff    

I'm using the belt from my walking trousers....

There's a bottom kick bolt on it anyway so it's not flapping about too much  

What a horrible day you had Yvie. I love a good thunderstorm but we don't get them too often here. Not enough high temps to get that pressure built up. I can imagine that was quite intense though. What a pain having to go back home. Ooh err missus...

Meant to say - obelixx, that cordial sounds like the stuff we used to get at 'that celebration at the end of the year' when we were children. No idea who made it but it was like swallowing concentrated blackcurrants. I can still remember how wonderful it was! Bet yours tastes fabulous. 

Strawberry plants first timer

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:43

I had one of them in a previous garden, but I didn't find it useful at all. I put it down to being too small, but as I learned more over the years, I realised it was really the design. We get plenty of rain, but even in very wet spells, the whole thing was dry and I could never seem to keep it well enough hydrated.It would have been fine for sempervivums or succulents 

I chucked it out and have used pots and troughs ever since.   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:10

No heatwave here fidget. Ferdiddling down and fifteen degrees. No chance of geting my gate latch done or the grass...

Whereabouts are you raisingirl? I knew there was thunderstorms/lightning forecast for some areas - think we're supposed to get some tomorrow, although it's all a bit random as these things often are.


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:05

Splendid B3. Bit of care and they 're fine. Hope you get many more years of pleasure from it 

Gravel Patio query

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 12:38

That's great Chris. Looking forward to your pic later. 

The grass will come back to life as soon as you get a bit of rain. Can you please send us some of the dry stuff as we've had enough rain for our lovely green grass....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 12:35

I remember Lorraine Kelly describing someone ( Arthur Scargill?) as having 'pedal bin' hair. Describes it perfectly  

Hosta - Gene Simmons springs to mind! I suppose you can get away with it if you're  a rock star....errr. maybe not....

I think you could rock the acrylic cardi look if you really tried....

Bake off will be dire on Ch 4. It'll have a Big Brother style-ee voiceover and the winner will have to mud wrestle Mary Berry.... 

Joyce - no chance of me ever doing anything like that! I was exhausted just watching Jasmin Parris for ten minutes that day on the Easains 

The rain has finally gone off here. Might get the jumbo, 'don't mess with me' latch fitted on the gate later if I have the energy.  

Two tier border with railway sleepers to cover ugly back wall and fence

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 08:13

You can have other shrubs and planting for winter interest Ivy. Grouping some together to make a feature will draw your eye away.  The montanas have a good framework so you're not left with a completely bare space. The clematis will naturally make a 'waterfall' over any structure it's on so make sure it's sturdy!

It would be a shame to hide the nice brick wall, but you could extend the planted area you already have ( I think that's your intention anyway) and plant that with more evergreens to hide the less attractive blockwork wall on the left. Perennials and bulbs added etc, and it will be really nice focal point  

Verbena bonariensis & Powdery mildew

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 08:05

Not something we get here...If it ever stops raining I'll go and look though..  

I think growing plants to suit your conditions is very important, but also good husbandry. Some plants will be more susceptible anyway, but good air flow helps.

I think you're right tomatus - re general conditions in your area. Once it gets a hold, it can be difficult to address. Start with good intentions again next year. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat

Glad you've had such a lovely trip chicky. Another gorgeous couple of photos. 

DD - I now have a vision of you stumbling around inthe dark, cursing loudly and saying 'where's the chuffing switch to put these lights on...' 

Hope the shoulder's a bit better today Dove. 

Channel 4 ye gods. Hopeless tarts... 

However  - it's not as bad as soemthing I read yesterday. Tea in a can. You squirt it in and add water or some such nonsense.  What is happening to the world?   

I'm off to live in a cave...

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