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What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 18:21

The spirit's willing and all that philippa, but the body's....well.... frankly it's had enough...


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 18:16

Just had my dinner - kindly made by daughter while I cut the grass and did a few before the rain came on. Yesterday I noticed a load of little black caterpillars on one section of the new blackthorn hedge - torties or peacocks so it's lovely that the butterflies are making use of the new facilities already 

Not had time to catch up on all the posts so will try and do that. Everyone's been busy, or ill, or getting/trying to get new jobs, or even gardening!

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 18:09

I've learnt that I'm no longer 27....


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:23

Morning all. Busy day yesterday so wasn't on. Glad you had  a good time at both outings chick 

Good luck to chicklet for the last one. 

Off to see what you've all been up to before I go soon. Have a good day everyone - especially the other 'miners' 

Bay tree pruning advice

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:36

Taller plants always take longer to establish - smaller ones will develop much better as Lyn says. There's a house near me which was up for a sale a few years ago which borders quite a busy road. The owners planted a Laurel hedge to create more privacy and give it more kerb appeal, but made the classic mistake of thinking bigger's better. Several years on and it still looks dreadful- sick and yellow and no bushier. It needs cropped.

Agapanthus pest

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:32

They're sneaky Linda...

I didn't think they were particularly prone to much either, but slugs and snails have just been taking over the world this year. You'll just have to set up 24 hour surveillance 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:29

Definitely my 'soon to emerge' Phormium flower. Pic will be posted as and when, but the anticipation is all part of the thrill. 


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:27

Yes Lesley - they don't like me...

Even when doing the West Highland way in damp conditions, other people were swatting frantically while I sailed on regardless..... the Avon skin so soft stuff is supposed to be the best remedy but apparently they've changed the formula because they don't like it being associated with repelling midges. 'Go figure' as young people say nowadays 

I'd accidentally 'trip' and claim an injured ankle/calf/leg/hip would mean it would be dangerous to proceed chicky...


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 06:19


Time for your early morning wake up call Panda....

Sunny here - pity I have to work 

Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:32

The roots will spread roughly the same diameter as the top growth.  I'd plant nearer the fence and let them grow out from that.  Before you plant them, just give them a good watering so that the compost is nice and damp. Make the hole a bit bigger than the pot and backfill with compost when you put them in. They won't need clipping that often, and you can keep them more informal by pruning out individual stems rather than clipping in a solid shape. 

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