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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:45

About to do dinner but just having a quick break and a catch up. Dried up here this afternoon and was windy so I got out and cut the grass and edged it when there was a brief interlude after work and taking daughter out - before the rain came back on. Had to tie in some of the sweet peas that had struggled to stay attached to their canes but not too bad apart from that. Despite sheltering the first canna flower that was about to open,  the wind decimated it   

Such is life. We've mainly just had lots of rain, so lucky compared to some. 

That's a nice thread Daniel and 'the magazine' have started for ID-ing plants. I don't need to use it though - I've planted everything that's in this garden myself, apart from a few easily identifiable shrubs! 

Veg bake sounds good - do you mainly have root veg and things like toms, broccoli and cauli, and a cheese sauce KEF?  I like that kind of meal but the girls wouldn't, so not much point making it just for me. 

Off to see what else is going on 


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:58

They just get shorter, as OL says, and some varieties are shorter stemmed anyway.

You'll just have to find some smaller vases brockley! 

Pond Profile

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:55

Lyn's advice is good BC. Marginals need around 4"/6" of water and the width of the shelf depends on how big a plant you're putting there. A smaller pond wouldn't need it so wide.  If you don't want to bother with a lower shelf, you can put planting for deeper areas on bricks in the bottom of the pond to get them at the desired height. It largely depends on the depth of the pond and what sort of planting you want to put in it as well. Remember to make some room for planting round about it - for wildlife to hide in. 

We'd like pix of all these new ponds please! 

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:46

It can be a problem if it takes over and your pond is quite big - it means wading in. I've had ponds of differing sizes and it's fine if you can reach the bottom fairly easily from the pondside to pull bits out , but in a bigger pond I'd stick it in some baskets with  gravel on top to keep it weighted down. It roots into the floor of the pond but if it's in a container you can hook it out more easily and keep on top of it. 

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:22

It's a common problem when they're so hefty at this time of year Fishy. 

I've sometimes taped broken bits back in place with electrical tape or gaffer tape. As long as there's enough contact between both bits that break, and the split's not too severe, they usually make it. 

Evergreen identification please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:57 least she has a sense of humour! 

I could see a Potentilla in front of the conifer, and an Eleagnus (?) or Cornus to the bottom left, so if you want something quick, without too much effort put in initially, then a Buddleia would fit the bill  


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:54

Clari - if everyone just 'ignored' it would all go away. 

Hope you're feeling better now GGirl. Is the buddleia ok? 

Recommend me a tree please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:21

Amelanchier lamarkii makes a nice smallish tree Greg, although it's classed as a shrub. Easy to keep to a suitable size for a smaller garden and has a light canopy so it doesn't create lots of dense shade. Lovely autumn colour.

The bare root season is almost here so you could take a look at some of the hedging/tree specialists online and you'll be able to order soon for autumn/winter delivery. 

Can You Identify This Flower For Me Please??

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:55

Schoolboy error John - not labelling...but we've all done it at some point! 

Enjoy them anyway! 

Bare spot problem

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:42

I have that Heucherella - in exactly that location. I also have a Tiarella there (which get crossed with Heucheras to make the Heucherellas) They flower constantly through the summer - mine's still going and has been since April. Lots of that family will do well there, plenty of choice in foliage colour too. You can also use foliage plants like Euonymous -gold/green and cream/green,  and the shrubby honeysuckle 'Lonicera' - I have a couple of the brighter ones for the same border. Astilbes will be happy there - they like a bit of moisture so it depends on your soil. Whites through to deep pinks.

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