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Posted: 20/06/2016 at 12:50

I've instantly forgotten everything I've just read....

Laughing at the 'mere' comments. I used to give my daughter grief about her (English)  Geography teacher who allowed the class to talk about tarns instead of lochans when they discussed Scottish landscapes. She said they knew they were called lochans, but tarn was easier for them to say so he allowed them to use tarn instead! Fair enough  (maybe )  if they were five, but they were fifteen! I used to take a picture of a lochan every time I was on a hill and tell her she was to take it in to her teacher. She got really annoyed with me.....

Bed's out of stock Liri. Bedroom is currently home to the laundry  

Tomatoes with an 'e' RB    They look very good  

Think it might be too late for the last bit of pie T'bird..

Glad the non sleepers got some good sleep  

Back to the grind - can't sit about here all day you know  

Horizontally growing shrubs

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 08:02

Hi Laraine - just another thought to add to the others. I don't know what size of shrubs you've planted, but sometimes they can be rootbound in their pots - especially if they weren't well watered before and after planting. It then prevents them from getting their roots out into the surrounding ground, making it hard to thrive and grow strongly, hence the lax growth. 

It's a long shot but worth considering   


Posted: 20/06/2016 at 07:53

Morning all/afties Pat - if you're about  

Gosh - you don't do things by halves Panda - very bold! 

Still a bit of pie there T'bird - but probably not after lunchtime....

It was very good  

Hope you're feeling more like yourself today Dove.

Good to hear from you DD. Stressful time - hope you can get through it. You're a remarkably strong, resilient person and that helps enormously.  Thinking of you. x

I'll have a quick look round before I get off to t'mine  

Have a good day everyone 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:30

It is indeed BM - bedroom and shower room, and a bit of hallway with a cupboard. 

These houses are so small, so it's nice to get a bit more space. It'll be even better when I have a bed! 

There's a little piece of pie left...

I'm off for a cuppa and possibly an early night. I didn't realise the time either.  It's been a busy weekend.  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:22

I agree with Berghill - I don't think it's B of B either. Stamens aren't a big enough clump. They should fill about two thirds of the flower - a bit like a cup almost filled with cream.

They look a bit too yellow as well, though that could be the photo. 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:17

On average - and it greatly depends on the climate where you are - an established laurel will grow around 12 to 18 inches a year, sometimes more if the conditions are right, and as they mature, they'll often put on a good bit more than that. 

If you buy them, don't make the mistake of thinking bigger is better. Bigger specimens are harder to get established. Around three feet is about the best size.  They need room to grow out as well as up, as they're not the type of hedge you can clip tightly and keep narrow like Beech or Hornbeam.  Remember that anything which grows quickly will also need a lot of pruning. Laurels can also become truly enormous if left to their own devices. 

As you're replacing conifers, make sure you enrich the soil before planting anything else. Conifers take a huge amount of nutrition out of the soil. Manure, compost and a general feed dug in first. Keep the plants well watered till established. A mulch after watering is also beneficial. 

Hope that's of some help 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:55

Cracking on a pace now Wonks!  

You'll soon have no grass at all.... 

Himalayan Poppy

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:53

Good luck with it Glenys. Many people are envious of those who can grow them!  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:52

Thanks BM. Just put the hill pix on this morning as I wasn't home till ten last night. Far too late for a little fairy to be out!  

Panda - is that the dress or your hair that's slate grey? 

Slate is the colour of my new bedroom carpet - I must be very fashionable. 'That'll be a first'  I hear my children cry...

I've made up for no dinner last night. Carb overload - I made macaroni cheese, then had a piece of fairylet's lemon meringue pie that she brought home  today....

Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:27


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