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Posted: 08/08/2016 at 07:59

Morning Dove. I'll try...

Yes - Chris Boardman was quite restrained wasn't he? I can imagine what he said off camera...


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 07:57

Lou - I think you're right. Would be interesting to see how these bullies (because that's what they are) would react if it was one of their own family who was ill....

I have experience of that too. Not pleasant. Doesn't take much to be kind to people who have been unwell. If it's not a physical injury, they can't seem to understand it. 

and yes, how ironic when they're in the medical profession...


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 07:48

Morning all/afties Pat if you're about.

Hideous windy night here - kept me awake so not a good night's sleep. Doesn't appear to be any damage though thankfully. 

However, a great night for Britain with young Adam Peaty. Class act.  What a terrific role model.  

Mixed fortunes in the tennis 

Work for me too so I'll have a quick look round before I head out.

Have a good day everyone. 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:48

Good isn't it?  

Like an inversion on hills, but upside down and without the mountain tops  

Just generally cloudy and dull now. 

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The great man

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:42

That's a lovely reminder of him hogweed  

Does anyone remember the thing with the terracotta pots - he made a circular feature with them. Started with a big one and put another inside it and so on down to a tiny one in the centre, with sand in between each one.  Like Russian dolls..   

That might have been the courtyard you mention  hogweed 

Planting under shaded bay window

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:38

I have Osmanthus burkwoodii in a similar position. Nice green foliage and scented white flowers in late winter/early spring. Sarcococca (winter box) would also be happy - not unlike Osmanthus to look at, also with scented flowers. There are lot of variegated foliage plants too - Euonymous is ideal for a shady spot. Green/gold and green/cream varieties readily available. 

You could also plant some Heucheras in front of your shrubs - lots of good colours and very easy to grow. Tiarellas and Heucherallas are similar. Don't forget some spring bulbs and maybe some hellebores too.

All nice and easy to work with - they mainly just get on with it. Hope that gives you a few ideas to start with   

Plant identification

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:27

Top one could also be Pasqueflower - foliage is very similar....

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:25

Have I swayed you in favour of Scotland as a future home Verd? 

Unfortunately the sky isn't always like that, but it sure as hell makes up for all the dreich days when it looks like that  

...it's a cracking hillwalk too  

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:22

I like your Dahlia much better than the way it's meant to look wakeshine...

Agree totally with Verd - give your plants as good a start as possible. Pays off in future. Otherwise, you find you're often spending a lot of time feeding and faffing with them to try and get them thriving well. The ground they go into is just as important as the plant itself, so don't skimp on the prep   

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:05

Mine too normally Bee witched - also Scotland - west - so no shortage of the wet stuff!  

It's in a little narrow corner against a fence, so it doesn't get as much rain as it really needs - competition from other plants too. It will be happier further along. I haven't really had much trouble with slugs eating it though - and I have plenty of those too... 

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