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Camera Corner

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:37

Absolutely David. I have mesh on the fence for ivy to cling onto and it doesn't cause any issues, but yes, if it's on borders it's not good for birds if their little feet get caught 

Lovely pix Tracey! I think David's started something with the TV background 

The one you're not sure of looks like a Columbine to me - Aquilegia.

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:19

Ahh Verd - so many flowers, so little time... 

Those lilac Hosta ones as well  


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:16

Very bonny Andy. I bought Blue Lady yesterday which is a dark  purple 

Lily - what nut and Dove said. They have wisdom beyond their  (many) years...

I know - I know - the coat's on 

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:08

It's why I no longer bother with them either Yvonne! Or delphiniums - they're both slug dinner heaven here- a combination of too much rain and therefore too much soft new growth! 

Help save my ivy!

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:06

That's a shame Jim. I'd say you'd be wasting your time unfortunately. Only new growth will attach so the rest would have to be fixed in place very securely with something like vine eyes and wire, and with the weight of it, I wouldn't be confident of any success. Assuming it's all still rooted at the base, you could cut it back to a couple of feet and fix that in place  securely, then put a wire,or netting, at the top of that  (close to the wall)  for new growth to cling onto. Once that establishes, it would carry on doing it's thing by itself. It just needs to be guided onto the wall initially. You may need to tie a few strands in from time to time to keep them heading the right way.  

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:54

Anne Folkard is a favourite of mine. I've grown it with Euphorbias which picked up the foliage colour , Sedum sp 'Brilliant', and a  bronze dwarf Phormium. I think some of the purple foliage plants can be a bit dull if they're not teamed up well with other things. I don't like the Cotinus flowers Verd so I've not grown it for a while - the Sambucus is the same for me - I'd have to go round chopping the flowers off! 

Cleaning patio

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:13


I used to use a sweeping brush with some washing up liquid for decks and patios, and a bit of elbow grease! You need caution if you have planting nearby whatever you're using though .  I'm not overly keen on the jet washers for paving, for the  reasons already mentioned, but they are good on decks.   We had a large one at last house and it was in the wrong place so a lot of it was slippy most of the time.The jet washer was fine as there was a gravelled area and privet hedge next to it , so we didn't have to worry about protecting anything precious.


Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:00

Think it also depends what's in the pot - as Jim says. If it's something that's going to live there for a while I'd probably treat it differently to something annual. Size of the pot is a factor too of course.

obelixx - were those bottles all from one session? 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:57

Well you're almost there then!

I generalised obviously 

Of course - the big Wagnerian wimmin with the Viking helmets and pigtails are another matter entirely....

The Ring - is not my thing! 

PS - I've PMd you Tracey

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:52

You see - that's all you have to do Tracey! It's the emotion of it. You don't have to know the story. It's usually a bit  like Shakespeare though - boy meets girl, boy goes off with someone else, boys dress as girls and vice versa, some stuff happens and someone dies .

Then the fat lady sings.

That's opera folks  

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