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Looks like something has been spitting on the roses? .

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:09

Cuckoo spit Caral. It's caused by leaf hoppers. Just squirt a bit of water onto it to wash them off. Doesn't really do any harm 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 09:58

Morning MrsG. Never played opposites - might try that 

We're just catching the edge of the weather front,  but I hope I'll get something done outside if it doesn't lash down and the bones  aren't aching too much 

Seed sowing to do - rocket and lettuce so I can do that. It won't involve any heavy lifting!

Don't look at my PMs very often either BL so it's a bit hit and miss with me anyway 

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:15

I inherited a lot of orange fence here Su and I also had to build a new boundary fence as I've opened the garden up. Covering the existing orange was a nightmare and it's now olivey green because a light colour wouldn't have covered it. On the fence nearest the kitchen I've made raised beds of differing heights and because I have clematis etc on them ( to cover the fence) I've been putting trellis on it which I've painted black. There's a good bit of yellow/cream planting which stands out against it. The planting is an important factor for your colour choice so perhaps take a little time to think of that before making  a final decision. A dark colour will blend and help to blur the boundary if you're going to have shrubs and evergreens in front of it. A lighter or brighter shade can become a feature in it's own right if you have some gaps highlighting  the planting in front. 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:02

Damp and none too warm here. The Scottish weather - one lovely day then back to the usual. Not sure it'll be much above 12 here today Dove!  

Just been out feeding the birds and taking a look at the border I got stuck into yesterday. All planting looking happy but may have to take a trip to the nursery just for one or two essential items of course...

Chicky - my sister used to be physically sick on the day of exams - and we went to school on the bus .... Young Fairy had her last Higher yesterday so I think she was quite relieved. She's always very pessimistic anyway. It's a horrible time especially as, in your case, she feels she hasn't done well and it's normally a good subject.

Off for a look at what you've been up to - I was asleep at about half nine last night 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:52

David - the very dark Iris- my favourite colour! Warsaw Nike is a nice Clematis isn't it?

Ighten - looking great. what a beautiful site. Hornbeam will be absolutely fine there. It makes a lovely hedge and will tolerate wetter conditions than Beech. I planted a bare root Hornbeam hedge in a previous garden and it made a good hedge in  a couple of years. 

Watering can that won't drown seedlings and plants

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:41

You can usually buy individual roses for cans in GCs and diy stores. They're often rubber and will fit almost any watering can. A fine rose is perfect for little seedlings. I used to have a few different ones although they've been lost over the years.   


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:30

What - Marlon Brando Dove? 

There is a garden - and I use the term advisedly - across the road from me MrsG. Every time the wind blows....

That's a lot of Hordeum jubatums ....

Not sure what I'll get done tomorrow as it's to be wet here. Will see. Anything to avoid ironing and housework....


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:09

Evening all you lovely people 

Been outside all day apart from refreshments and taking girls to assorted 'things'. Loads done - digging and sorting one of the new beds I created along the fence which was just covered with bark over the winter. Separated all the 'missing anemones'.  I've managed to get them out the pot I'd  put them in - obviously meaning to plant them later - but didn't. I'd just stuck them in it, covered them with some compost (un-labelled) ... and still in the net bag they came in.... Not a bad rescue job,considering. 

Dinner's been had - and now putting my feet up and catching up with all your activities 

Enjoy your curry archie 

Spring wildlife gardening and pond updates :)

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 12:38

Can never have too many ponds PG 

I like both types - but if push came to shove it would be a wildlife one. Once I move - again- I might  have both. A formal pond in an Italinate garden and a wildlife one in a more natural setting.

Well , I can dream....

We had a lot of blanket weed in the big pond at last house Victoria and the frogs used to sit on it    

and do other things too....  


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 12:32

Anyone seen doc? 

It must get tedious for you Verd - all that sun

Why don't you come and have a spell up here. It won't be warm and sunny - I promise 

Wondered where I'd left them fidget... 

I've just sent a large snail on a journey - it's very satisfying  

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