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Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:48

Hi Mandi - bit at a time is the best way 

I'd agree with Dove - looks like a clematis - montana type. They get big and flower in spring with smaller flowers in pink or white so if you noticed them that would be it. They can take plenty of pruning if they're getting too invasive. If you google any of our suggestions that will give you info and it may jog your memory. Looks like a Euonymous underneath it. They're mainly grown as a foliage plant - useful for awkward areas and for giving dull spots a lift.


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:43

Some housework done  rain has come on 

Woody - I always used to think Djokovic was small and was surprised he was the height he is. Federer always looks tall - think it's the way he plays - he's all Fred Astaire and Novak's like a little Jack Russell 

Not had kippers for breakfast in ages...very tasty.

My sweet peas are nowhere near flowering yet, but I was late sowing them as the first lot suffered in the compost I used. They'll be good later in the year though. I can smell them from here chicky.

OL- I'm saying nothing.  Have a Vallium sandwich and a lie down in a darkened room. 


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:57

Morning all. Dry here - I was hoping for rain so that I wouldn't feel guilty watching the tennis later. Is that bad? 

Hope your mum is ok Verd. Always worrying, and hard to make a judgement as the others have said.

Was late going for dinner last night with my friend because I didn't realise the time - fortunately I didn't have far to go   Worked outside afterwards till half eight - sorting out the tomatoes and doing bits and pieces. The birds have been pecking at the sempervivums in my alpine pan  The rubrum ones have their  flowering 'spikes' - perhaps they thought it was some kind of rival bird......or Dove's big chicken  


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:23

Hi all. Not been around much this week - was working extra hours,  watching the tennis and also had 'stuff' to deal with. 

Won't really be able to catch up with what you've all been up to so hope everyone is ok. Did quite a bit outside after work each day - lots of watering mainly - but yesterday was very wild and wet so it saved doing that apart from tomatoes. Daughter's birthday yesterday but as she's on holiday I'll be able to leave cake making till tomorrow. 

Off to get a bit done before I go out - friend is getting some windows replaced so I'mm seeing if any are worth having for a cold frame. Yet another project 

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 19:26

Yes - what  you need is a cunning plan....

I always have one but somehow it always needs a little 'fine tuning'....or to put it another way - changing 


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 19:21

Evening all. Just in and had some dinner. Been busy - got a lot done but weary now.

Lesley - you'll get sphaero bulbs in August/Setember quite easily. I got mine in Morrisons- couple of quid for 20 or 30. 

OL- it's all the wedding stuff catching up with you. Take it easy - the garden and all the other chores can wait for a few days.

Welcome Alison. There's a few sensible people here. I'm the most sensible 

Do you think doc dressed up to see Dolly at Glasto ? I'm sure I saw him with a big pink stetson on  earlier...


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 14:43


Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 14:40

I broke the top off one of my V. bons  when moving it earlier this year. I stuck the broken bits in little pots - two more plants now! I've never had problems growing them from seed but I do it quite late on so that they germinate quickly. You don't really get a big plant that year but it makes a nice sturdy one for the following year.


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 14:33

Sounds good bekkie - and very un calorific.....

Nigella has a lemon ice cream along the same lines which is just lemons, sugar and double cream. Utter heaven. It melts quickly becaue of just being cream which means you have to eat it all in one go...not that I'd ever do that of course.....

Lesley - it's the sphaerocephalon ones -  which I love. Little ruby teardrops on tall stems. You can use them like V. bonariensis - all through the border instead of just further back. 

Been doing a taxi service for my sis and BIL and got some more supplies to continue my newest project so will get on with that shortly. Had this little visitor in the makeshift bird bath when I was having a cup of tea  earlier:




 What a lovely time he had 

Raised beds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:59

As I'm redoing thisnew garden, I built a run of raised beds last year - similar to Bob - but varying heights. I used fencing timber, lined, and with a ledge round the top. Around eighteen inches is the ideal height to double as seating so you could always incorporate a few sections which have a wider 'top' to use as seating MrT. You can see the longest bed in this pic - it's about that height and I often perch on it with a cuppa!


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