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Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:46

Sorry, been away for a little while so just catching up again.

pd - steady on...

Happy Birthday Ggirl - hope you have cake to share...

Woody - hopefully things will pick up and there's not too much damage to your dahlias. Most of my bulbs are in pots as I was constructing raised beds for them so I'm just slotting them into spaces  until later on. 

Ok KEF - what's square and green?

A lemon in disguise...

Just some of the hellebores on sale where I go :



Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:37

It may have been sieboldiana steve.  It has blue, strongly ribbed leaves which are tougher than the more variegated ones, and the general consensus is that that's the reason they leave them alone. That said, I have one, and it was shredded last year by the giant snails that live here!

The self coloured ones tend to have tougher leaves anyway, so you might want to favour those. There's been lots of discussion on here about remedies to keep slugs away, from beer traps and grit, to garlic washes and night time hunting with a torch!


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:52

After it's finished with it's catkins and flowers Caffeine Addict. 

Some people just cut every branch back to the same point, but it can look a bit like a rather unattractive umbrella. You can prune each branch in a more random way instead, to get a more natural look, and I personally think they look best if you don't take too much off. Hope that helps 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:46

Knew if we mentioned food of any kind, Verdun would appear!

Hellebore heaven at the nursery yesterday. They had loads more of the one I got last year ('Bob's Best') but I restrained myself. It was twice the price of the others so I assume it's a fairly rare one - perhaps one they developed themselves. They're about 4/5 quid for a decent size (6" pot) hellebore there. Well worth the journey. 

Qualitymusic right enough Verd...I'll just humour you .....

and talking of humour - I might even have another of my astounding  jokes for you later 

Hello MrsG 

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:29

It's well known up here as the best insect repellent, and lots of the hotels and B&Bs that walkers use supply it. I'm not too bothered by them fortunately, but they even survive at the top of our mountains - not just in shady, damp areas at lower levels. I believe they are now developing it commercially as an insect repellent, using the same ingredients that are in the Avon product, as it can't legally be advertised as an insect repellent.

You do realise Tracey, we breed midges bigger and feistier up here just to keep English visitors away? It's part of Mr Salmond's 'Grand Plan'.....

Blank Canvas!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:18

Hi Daryl. You might also want to put in some summer flowering perennials where you have the bulbs so that you don't have an empty space when they finish, and it will provide some shade for the clematis roots. There are lots of things you could choose for a nice sunny bed. I'm assuming you don't have your veg covering that area by then of course. 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:10

Sorry Panda...

Didn't get round to posting the pix I took at the nursery yesterday, as a friend came round last night, but I saw this strawberry and though you might like it 


Glad you had a good time chicky. Did you save us any of that lovely cake? Faint hope I know...

How to hide neighbours house

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:02

It's a common problem Laura. I'd say that if you want to plant trees - go ahead. It would only be an issue if there's anything in your deeds saying you can't. Alternatively, if you create some interesting planting, further forward from your boundary, perhaps around 15/20 feet, it can take the focus away from the wall.  It would leave you room to put compost bins, sheds and all the other stuff we gardeners need room for, at the back of the garden out of sight. You would be creating a false end to your garden without sacrificing the space. 

Hope that's of some help 

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:52

I  have one decent pair which I've had for a very long time - Wilkinson Sword - but they're falling apart now. I have small hands and they fit me well. Some makes are too bulky and stiff for me, and make my rubbishy wrists very sore. 

I'm always leaving them lying around so I supplement them with cheaper ones in case they disappear for good one day. I have a really cheap pair from Asda which are brilliant!


A new log path project

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:43

Big project Chris! Did the dog help much? 

That's going to be a really  lovely woodland/wildlife area. Looking forward to seeing all your planting. We've all been talking about snowdrops a lot here recently - it would be a wonderful area for them.

I see you have the logs on a bed of gravel, but are you putting an edging of some sort to stop the logs shifting? Also, I'd think they will get very slippy, since it's a shady space, so are you fixing chicken wire on the top?

You seem very organised so I'm probably teaching granny to suck eggs - sorry! I love seeing people's projects and the finished results. It will look terrific in another few months once you get some plants in and it starts to establish. Good luck with it  

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