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Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:55
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I've not eaten porridge since a bit dropped off the spoon and landed on my bare leg when I was about 10 ( no long trousers for us in Scotland, even in winter )


As long as it missed your sporran Hosta...


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:40

Get some good Scott's porridge oats down you Hosta - that's all the carbs you need! 

A few bulb queries (well it is that time of year...)

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:30

That really means a lot to me artjak 

I put a few before and after pix on the Garden Pictures thread around mid August.

I've done cottagey and it doesn't suit me very well. I like structure too much.  Perhaps I'm a frustrated architect at heart!  I'm fortunate that I've had a few gardens to play around with and this won't be the last one either. I'd love a completely formal space with parterres and topiary. 

Maybe a few extra bits and bobs though...

Apologies because we've hijacked your thread Snoodle 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:22


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:19

I'm fairly self sufficient Hosta so perfectly happy on my own. I miss the company sometimes, but I don't miss the high price I had to pay for it. Nuff said about that!  My two girls live with me and will do so for a while so I'm not completely alone. I think it's really  nice that you like being part of a couple  

..but - you need to eat better when you're on your own. I'll make Dove send you that smacky bum thing if you don't  


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:09

Hosta - I don't think you're being gay enough. Kinky Boots, Louboutin shoes....

I do the same - watch what I want, when I want. Eat what I like, go to bed when I please (admittedly quite early ) and all with the added bonus of no partner to come back and annoy me! 

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:48

I'm very retro myself Verd...I was very fashionable in the 70s.

A few bulb queries (well it is that time of year...)

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:42

Thank you art, that's very kind.  

Mostly shrubs and perennials, especially sturdier perennials. I have lots of bulbs for spring (in pots as well as borders) and clematis on fences. I need a couple more early ones which I'll get over the next few months probably. Airy fairy plants aren't much good here - not the right climate, and evergreens are vital so that there's interest during the long winters. It also unites the whole space. I usually have pots of sweet peas in summer and some other containers with single colour planting.  I like Phormiums and Fatsias too, because I like structural planting in general. It can easily be softened with things like alliums, annual cornflowers  and lilies. 

layering for pots including allium bulbs

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:26

Hi Linda, when you say 37 cm, is that diameter? The volume of the pot will determine just how much you put in. 

Having said that, the rule of thumb for bulbs is that you bury them twice to three times their depth - a 2" daff will need about 4" soil above it, so the hole will be 6" deep. The smallest bulbs will therefore be nearest the top of the pot. If you have a mix, layer them according to size, but as most alliums are summer flowering, you might want to add some crocus or dwarf Iris in the top layer which will flower late winter/early spring.

If you want something to last right through till the alliums are ready, you could use native primulas. These will give you a display in early spring and the foliage will last well  too. Mine flower on and off for ages. They prefer shade so you may need to have them in a slightly different spot - near a window is good so that you can see them - and then move the pot to a sunnier site when the alliums start to come through. Some of the grasses would also do the job. The more 'mop headed' kinds are ideal, like Festucas ( there are many blue varieties readily available) or Carexes (Evergold is a good green/gold variety). They will give you cover right through the winter and spring, and the alliums will grow through them. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:14
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Anyway, take no notice of horrid miserable people - what use are they?  What we need in our lives are people who make us feel good

I'll second that Dove. It's why I'm single - and staying that way  

DD - I've spent most of my life saying nothing, putting up with 'stuff'  and being submissive. People get used to you being a certain way, and when you've finally had enough and stand up for yourself, they don't know how to react. It has to be done though. I'm much happier now because I feel more assertive, and instead of pleasing everyone else, I please myself.  It took me a long time. Good for you that you've done it, but I know how hard the aftermath can be to deal with, and how long it can take. You'll get there 

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