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Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:28

What new purchases are you thinking of doc? 

bekkie - I wouldn't mind the beauty sleep so much if it actually had some effect...

Has anyone seen chicky? Is she away and I've missed her saying so - quite likely as I couldn't always keep up with everyone's news when I was outside so much in all the good weather 

What is the name of this shrub?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:07

I'm with p and p - quite hard to tell, but I'd go for a laurel of some kind, simply because I'm unsure as to why anyone would hack Camellias back like that, unless it's a one-off thing because they've outgrown their home. If you want to have them as a hedge (I'm assuming that's what you have there) they need a lot of space to look right, as they can get enormous. Cutting them back regularly to keep them really tight doesn't work very well as you'd keep sacrificing  flowers. 

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 09:46

Well done ladies - and the haulage men and all the helpers. Glad to see you getting the recognition you deserve 

Are we recommending art for a mention in this year's  Honours list?...

- after all, the public's always banging on about how 'ordinary' people should be getting honours instead of all those jumped-up, publicity seeking celebs..... 


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 09:24

Morning all. I forgot to remind anyone who's interested that AT's 4- part series 'Garden Secrets' was being repeated this morning. I've recorded it but just caught the end and saw that part of it was filmed at East Ruston, so the visiting forum members might want to catch it to see if they can spot bits they saw! Also wanted to remind everyone about Beechgrove today, at 9.50 am, as you might enjoy the garden they visit, in particular.

The torrential rain of yesterday and last nigth has gone off - for now - but we might get thunderstorms. Hope not, as I'd like to get something done today.

Off to look round and see what you were all up to last night...while I was sound asleep on the settee....

Pics of bargain plants yesterday, I hope.

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 09:18

That's a great bunch of bargains RBeak 

And as mentioned - the pix turn the right way up when you click on them. 

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:00

We put wire wool round a boxed-in pipe  in the electrics cupboard and also the expanding foam, but it was impossible to block everywhere with foam because of the limited access inside the cupboard - pipes ran right down in one corner and we simply couldn't get to it all. We just had to set traps because they still got in and also nibbled it....

The changing colour of Hydrangeas

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:37

Rowans are covered in berries round here. August is often autumnal for us - you can feel the change in the air even at the start of the month.

It's certainly cold enough today 15 degrees and very wet  

My white oak leaf Hydrangeas  are just starting to open and there's a bank of greeny/white ones (Limelight  possibly) near my last house which will be coming into their own soon. They look stunning en masse. Perhaps you could add a couple of white ones to extend your season benjy 

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:50

HI Chris - and Chris! 

Hope you enjoy the forum 

My poor lilac vs my boggy soil

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:47

Sorry for asking Jesse, but what's the reason for the garden being so wet? Do you have a lot of paving for instance, and therefore lots of run off? I rented a house a couple of years ago and that was the problem there. It had been totally slabbed and the area next to back of the house was also lower. Water just flooded down the sloping top part and gathered there. A neighbour told me it didn't used to be like that until a previous owner put all the paving down, and they'd had to put a soakaway at the adjoining boundary fence because it was causing them a problem. The lower area was stagnant, with rushes growing between the slabs. The best remedy would have been to turf the top area again to prevent so much run off, and probably dig out and gravel the lower part to avoid so much water gathering. 

Or make the low bit a pond or a bog garden - perhaps you could try that  

My poor lilac vs my boggy soil

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:28

Such is life Jesse! Plants like to keep us on our toes 

I'd agree with nut - it's usually best to go with the conditions you have. If the ground's always wet it will be difficult. See what it's like when you get it out -  if it's gone you can see it as an opportunity to try something else 

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