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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 18:06

This was the star in my garden on Sunday 

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, this area I'm organising was very dry and dusty, so he had a lovely time!

 and loving the smell of Buddleia 'Dark Knight'

 and sweet pea 'White Ensign'



Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:09

That's horrible BL. It just shows - if they want to get in, they will, and sentimental items can't be replaced. Been there  

Hot at work for me too. Usually trying to keep warm in there, as it's an old, draughty building, so the heat really hits you when you go outside! No breeze at all to help so we may need ice cream too 

Take care in your garage Woody.  Those squirrels can be dodgy if they're looking for nuts...

alpines type wot to do please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:56

It's the flower Alan. It'll die off like any other flower and the base  just dies back as well. I've just chucked one that's finished 

They have so many offshooots that you can just take those off and plant them elsewhere or let them spread around the area they're in.

They're strange looking little flowers aren't they? 


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 07:39

Morning all. Just a quick look in as I'm off to work in a few minutes. Not had time to get on here recently.

Actually - I've been busy perfecting my training for the Games starting today....not.. 

Will try and catch up later with what you've all been up to. Have a good day everyone, whatever you're doing 

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:40

'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

it describes my neighbours....


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:29

Morning all. Lovely here but work for me and collecting sis and BIL from airport later so may not be around. Got quite a bit done yesterday as it was cooler but also watched the golf which was terrific.

Not caught up with everything here but if you've done something to your ankle OL, get it checked sooner rather than later. I resisted going to the doc when I had a knee problem and was hobbling sideways down mountains for ages before I finally went. Not clever 

Off for a very quick look round before I go. Have a good day all  


Laurel plants

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:14

Hi Sidney. Don't make the mistake of buying them too big as they're much harder to get established. I'd go for something around 3 feet ( 1 metre). You can plant them about 2 or 3 feet apart and they'll put on a good bit of growth and knit together quite well within a year or two, assuming you prepare the area well first.  Put in some decent compost, well rotted manure if you can get it, and a bit of slow release fertiliser (Blood, fish and bone is ideal) and keep them watered and weed free to get them off to a good start. A mulch once you've got them in will help too.

I don't think Laurel's available as bare root hedging -  which would have been much cheaper, and you could have got it as soon as you moved in, but it gives you a bit of time to prepare your ground. New builds don't usually have much goodness in the soil!

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:45

Louise - you don't seem sure of what you want so maybe it would be better to take your time and make some lists of what you want and , more importantly, what you don't want. It's a big commitment and expense so don't rush it. Take a look round your existing  garden and make a note of what you like and dislike about each part. Then decide what you need - for instance, if you have children and need a play area for them then note that, if you want an evening seating/dining area note that. Then list things you'd like to have - perhaps a pond, a veg plot, trees, chicken run etc. Then the things you don't like - styles, colours, particular plants etc. If you hate a particular style of garden then note it. How much time you have for maintenance is really important - no point having huge herbaceous borders if you work full time and have other commitments. It will become a millstone round your neck.

That will give  a designer the bones to work with - they can only draw up a plan if there's enough to go on.  If I was you I'd take the rest of this year to think about it carefully, and make sure you're giving him/her useful info so that there's less chance of you ending up with something you're not happy with. 

Hogweed's been posting at the same time as me, but we're basically saying the same thing!


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:29

They are very funny to watch Lesley. We had a big pond at last house with a group of Kilmarnock willows and a hedge at the far end which they nested in. On late spring/early  summer mornings we could sit in the conservatory and watch them flock to the shallow, beached end nearest us, all shouting and flapping and splashing. Then they'd disappear as quickly as they came still making a huge noise! 

Whats eating my Tomatoes?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:14

Last year I had magpies eating mine. They were sometimes leaving bits just outside the growhouse on the gravel. I didn't know who the culprits were till I saw one going in! I had to rig up some mesh ( I used the excess shelves) across the front so that I could still leave them open for ventilation. 

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