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The changing colour of Hydrangeas

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:41

It's kind of in the nature of the plant benjy. They gradually fade and then start to show off  their washed, autumnal shades -  that's the only time I like the pink and blue ones which is why I don't have them!  


Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:37

Very good point Joe. Always  better to replace rather than cover up, but you're right - it depends on who owns it. Lots of people have gone to the expense of replacing fences only to find it's not their property to start with. It can have repercussions. 


Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:32

Are your ears still ringing Dove? I said - ARE YOUR EARS STILL.....

Great news for you Clari. It makes a huge difference when you want to get up in the morning rather than just having to 

More babies in my family too - my nephew and his wife had a baby on Thursday - another girl - to go with the 3 yr old twins they already have. I'm far too young to be a great aunt. Only 27 after all... 

Did anyone see those beautiful, commemorative ice sculptures on the news?  Each tiny, melting figure represents a life lost in the First World War. Incredibly moving.

 Rain on it's way apparently, so perhaps that trip to the nursery later.

 Off for a look round to catch up here.

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 22:22

Northern Lass - you're absolutely right - no such thing as 'one' mouse.  We set traps every night for quite a while when they were getting into the electrics cupboard - it would have been impossible to block up every point of entry in that house anyway. Since  the previous owners weren't exactly good housekeepers, the mice had made themselves very much at home. I had to 'muck out' that cupboard  

Removing easy to reach food sources helps a lot - they're opportunists. A nice cosy house is a better bet for security than the big bad outdoor world too. 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:58

Congrats bekkie -the advantage of being an auntie is - you don't have to keep them....

The 'care for the elderly' system is dire. I'm sure my Mum would have been diagnosed as having Alzheimer's but my Dad would have been terrified of that because he'd have been convinced that she'd be  'taken away' and put in a home somewhere, so I can understand how certain situations can develop. He would never have asked for help financially either, but when people have worked all their lives and paid into the system they're  entitled to proper care, and we're an ageing population so it's only going to get worse.  You're right fidget - if all the  relatives who are full time carers  just said  we can't do it, what would it cost the NHS to fund it all?  Ordinary families are saving the government a fortune, at huge cost to their own health, and they aren't equipped to deal with it, but it's the easy option for the powers that be.  I think it's time politicians had a reality check.   


I hope you can get some help Verd.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:32

The fairies are little,  but not too young BM! They're quite self sufficient - most of the time.. 

Hope you've had good weather in Yorkshire BL. The under gardeners have done a great  job for you 

What if you rant about your neighbour and

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:18

They are awful those things  

I remember a neighbour in a previous house got some for his back door - they drove everyone nuts because they jangled tunelessly in the slightest breeze. We all took the mickey out of him till he had no option but to take them down. Just as well we were all friends at the time though!  


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:10

The extension will mainly be in the area to the side of the house  BM, which is just grass. All the garden is new since last summer . Apart from the buddleia and a couple of other shrubs, there was no planting -  just a fenced in area at the back full of gravel and slabs, and  grass outside that, running along the whole side boundary. There's a mature conifer and a pine in the back corner where I now have a shed which was inside the 'enclosure'. That's all been opened up, so the back garden is now much bigger - and full of plants! 


Bargain shrubs

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:54

Can't beat a bargain Runnybeak!  I got a couple of clematis last year at my local GC - £4 each. Both are doing very nicely.

Pachysandra is a very nice plant  - I put one in a shady narrow border  last summer, right beside the back gate. It's covered in buds just now - nice little white flowers. Quite understated, but  a great plant for underneath a specimen tree or just as good ground cover. An underrated little shrub I think. 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:48

My pinks never stop flowering  from late spring/early summer right through summer. I'd agree with Verd - they need watering regularly but they like a good gritty free running medium to grow in. I use a similar mix to my sempervivums and herbs like rosemary and thyme, but I water them a fair bit if it's a long dry spell, especially as they're in pots. I wouldn't bother so much if they were in the ground though. When they get a bit gappy or leggy, I cut them back and peg stems down into the compost with wire, adding a bit more compost on top and they root into it and make the plant 'full' again. I did that recently with one plant and it's full of new buds and starting to flower again.

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