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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:10

Sorry Verd - I know they grow well up here, but...you know what I'm going to say, don't you? 

We get loads of light here in summer, but not the amount of sun and warmth that more southerly areas get. Right plant, right place has another meaning....

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:05

Lovely to have woodies steephill. I've only ever had the odd one visiting - there's plenty of suitable places round here for them so I expect they don't need to visit gardens. I hear them quite often though. 

I posted this on the camera thread as it was from my walk on Saturday as opposed to the garden, but some people may not be familiar with them.

Little meadow pipits taking a break 


There's a lot of them here - all the way along the fence

Sweet Pea

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:54

Don't worry Sue - I'm sure between us we can help you get a good result - even if it's not till next year  

The plants themselves should be at least two or three feet tall by now  (more if you have a favourable climate where you live)  regardless of variety or where they're growing. If they're not, it's likely to be the growing method and/or conditions they're growing in. I'm sure it can be resolved 


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:42


I did some emails, went to collect daughter and did the shopping.  

I have nice clean sheets too, so I might go to bed soon too...  

Night night  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:38

Don't like blue either PP. Not that colour of blue anyway. 

Blue's too cold a colour for our climate up here. I think that's something else people often forget. Predominantly grey skies need warmer colouring to work well with them. That's why purply/red blues work better than cold blues. 

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:34

I often did that too when mine were little, although it was often far too chilly in late spring to be out after about nine. Annoying when it was nice and light! Good for getting peace to put plants in or prune and tidy. 

Mind you , the women along the road from me thinks it's acceptable to mow her grass at half ten at night.....

Whatever happened to common sense and consideration....

Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:26

Rory - the smaller the pot or  container a plant is growing in, the quicker it dries out, especially in a sunny site, or if in the shelter of a house wall, so they need watering more frequently. In long,hot dry spells baskets need intense watering-often twice a day.  Once they dry out, you need to plunge them into a bucket of water till completely rehydrated. You can't successfully get them damp otherwise - the water just runs through them.  Many people use all sorts of different methods to prevent that - water retaining granules,plastic liners, tray of water at the bottom etc. 

Plants in the ground need watered well until established and growing. That depends on the soil and your climate and the aspect. Always better to give a plant a good watering can full then leave till the soil's dry again. If you're unsure  of that, push your finger into the soil - if it's dry lower down than an inch or two, that's when you need to water. You'll get a feel for it when you've grown hundreds and hundreds of different plants!

Re plants seeding - plants rarely come true when allowed to seed. That's fine if you don't mind what colour they turn out.  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:19

Gorgeous steephill. 

You've made it too cosy for them though - you'll need to kick their butts  and get them to work on the slugs...

I posted this elsewhere already, but I suppose I should have put it here. My little visitor this morning 


Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:10

Many of those simply have flowers that are finished for this year as Dave says. The lilies for example, and foxgloves. Remove the spent heads if you don't want plants to go to seed, and to tidy the plants. Letting plants go to seed weakens them too, especially when they're young plants, as they put their energy into making seed instead of maturing. 

There aren't really any plants that flower continuously throughout the year,  apart from annuals - and that's not what you have.  There are exceptions like the phlox which flower for a long period in the right conditions, and it can be very useful as a foil for other things, but you need to pick a few more plants to give succession. Some small shrubs will help with that too, and give some structure when the perennials are dormant over winter. 

I've also just noticed that your soil doesn't seem to come anywhere near the top of the beds - there's a lot of timber showing. That doesn't help light get to plants. The soil level should be much higher, and it might be because the compost will have settled and compacted. It would have been batter to mix the soil and compost rather than layer it, and you then need to let it all settle before planting. Weather will play a part, and you usually need to top up raised beds a couple of times to allow for that settling.  

Last edited: 25 July 2016 20:15:40

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:01

Ooh matron..titter ye not... 

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