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Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:28

Perhaps you could put in a temporary small fence of some kind just to keep the planting back from the path  for now Adam - depends on what your layout is of course, as well as the finances! A few posts and some mesh would probably be enough though.

I expect the dog might only nip one or two bees before he gets the message! ....


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:15

I was wondering where Scott was - was worried someone had slapped him KEF...

I think I'm losing the plot - OL's polishing aubergines with I in some kind of weird parallel universe today? Have you been on the sauce OL? 

Daughter's making dinner. Result! 

I did very little this morning lily. I  feel guilty too but I know I shouldn't because I've done plenty of grafting in this garden over the last year so I think I've earned the right to be a bit idle sometimes. 


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:58

You've all done a lot of chatting while I've been out planting an apple tree, digging, collecting older daughter, getting more wood and compost and shopping etc....not that I'm looking for sympathy...

I only offered to collect her so that she could help lift stuff into the car afterwards 

All the baby pix (lovely!) and shoe talk reminded me of her first little shoes which I kept. She had tiny feet and I couldn't get proper shoes for her  till about 8/9 months after she started walking, so she only had those pram shoes for ages and they were full of holes with her going about in them. She spent most of the time barefoot -  good job it was nice weather!  Actually  - her feet aren't much bigger now...

MrsG - rubbish about your work but I hope you have a good day tomorrow. I'm sure you will, and if the 'non gardeners' don't like it - s*d 'em! If they don't do any gardening their opinion doesn't matter anyway 

and who's been slapping vicars?.... think I missed some posts when I had a skim through! 

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:36

I find they're happiest in a bit of shade, but up here in the (usually) wet clay soil they will grow well in sun too. Lots of plants which we think of as shade lovers will take a fair bit of sun if their feet don't dry out too much.  I have some young anemones ( 'Whirlwind' - a white semi double )   put in last summer  which are also looking a bit dreary hct, but it's been unusually dry and warm this year so I'm putting it down to that and trying to keep them well watered till they're well established. 

Perhaps we can compare pix in autumn to see how they've done! 

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:56

Adam - perhaps they're visiting the Verbena when you're not looking 

Mine are in with other plants but I'm sure they'll use yours when they see them. I forgot about Sedums - I have quite a few of those - great for butterflies once they flower, and I also have some annual cornflowers 'Black Ball' which they seem to like.

Re your concern about bees and young child  - my girls were always in the garden when they were young and I had lots of 'bee attracting' plants. They were never an issue. I think if you take the time to teach them about what bees do they understand very quickly.  Mine  soon realised that the bees weren't really interested in them - just the plants - and they loved watching them with me. So many children are frightened of insects of all types (which is very sad) and is often 'learned' from adults or other children. Perhaps you could give son/daughter a little patch of their own to sow seeds and water little plants etc- it's a great source of entertainment for them 

Make sure they're plants which can cope with being drowned on a regular basis though! 

Cytisus Goldfinch - Is this normal

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 12:36

Looks fine to me Ice 

What is it that's worrying you - is it the pods? They're just where the flowers have gone to seed, a bit like a pea or bean flower. The flowers are quite similar on brooms. I've just recently run my hand over mine to remove them. They will seed around if you let them. I had a white one in a previous garden which produced some offspring. I didn't notice them right away and unfortunately they don't come true from seed - mine were purpley/cream. 

Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 11:40

I seem to have loads of bees and hoverflies - and I've even seen quite a few ladybirds already this year which is great because they seem to have been in short supply.  This garden is all quite new as they're was very little here when I moved in just under 18 months ago so it's good to see more wildlife moving in. We've had drier, warmer weather than we normally get in spring and early summer so I expect that has helped enormously - they've simply had more decent days to get out without having to take a brolly 

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 11:34

Alliums are great for bees - my sphaeros are just coming into bloom properly and the chives were covered a while ago. Verb bonariensis are  a big favourite here but mine are a bit tall for the spot they're in so I might have to relocate for next year. Ligularias are covered and also Clematis are attracting lots. When the thymes were flowering there was loads of bees and hoverflies around. Geraniums were covered a while ago and the Cotoneasters and a honeysuckle were too. Those three might be common plants but they're worth their weight in gold for attracting bees and hoverflies. I've got an area of grass at the side of the house which I've left untreated , as it's where I'm putting an extension, so  the clover in it's lovely for attracting them. I have loads of different varieties of bee but I'm not good at identifying them, but as long as they're coming in I'm happy!   Dark Knight buddleias are flowering so loads of bees there. Butterflies should be along next month - August is the best month for them here. Had quite a lot earlier in the year and some eggs laid in the new hedging, so I hope I'll see plenty of tortoiseshells and peacocks as well as red admirals.

I think sitting and listening to bees humming round plants is one of the  nicest sounds there is Adam. I don't often sit in the garden for any length of time but it's lovely when I do! 

Bad Lawn

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 11:10

Have you a pic grannysal? Do you get any other animals visiting that might be digging for instance?

I think leatherjackets have been a bigger problem this year with the mild winter and generally odd weather, so it may be just that. Crane flies were a real pest here. A friend's garden was a hideous mess last year with crows and jackdaws digging for them, but a bit of feed and water and regular cutting seemed to solve the issue quite well. 


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 11:06

Morning all - late for me. No work today but it's been quite hectic for the last month or so there - more than usual. Worked outside till quite late yesterday while daughter made a roast for dinner - too hot really but the chicken wasn't going to keep another day. It's all made me very tired so slept a bit more than usual. 

We don't really get many thunderstorms here because we don't normally get the long, hot humid spells you all get down south, but it's been very oppressive. We managed to avoid the last storm too - it skirted round the edges of this area. It's warm and windy just now so perhaps we'll get a 'thunderplump' as my Mum used to call it! Lots of watering needed - I'm seriously regretting not getting an outside tap last year 

Woody - hope all goes well and weather stays fine for you. I'll send you ours as we seem to have south of England's usual stuff just now  

Nice to see you archie - lovely pix 

Too many pages to catch up on so I won't try - hope everyone is fine and workers/retiring workers/ redundant workers are managing to rise above the ****  

Off for a look round and see if there's any queries I'm capable of answering!

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