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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:37

No 1 looks like comfrey to me 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:25

Lunchtime for me 

Lovely to 'see' you blackest. Hope you're keeping well. Have missed your input. I like a tuberous crown - goes well with my fleece ensemble. KEF has one of those - or is it a different kind of crown... 

Chuck a pic on and someone will ID it by the end of the day!

Got my big raised bed filled now and some more plants in. A couple of spaces for some plants - one for a Peony definitely, and I'll get some dark sedums to replace the ones I have. Spaces for more Clematis as well. Got pot done for sweet peas and popped some in. Covered them for now but will take that off as soon as they get going. Pots to sow with white cosmos. They're the same size pots as some of my Irises and also some narcissus so they they''ll each take their turn in the border. That will allow me to put the Irises somewhere to get the sun after they've flowered. It's all coming along. Painting after lunch I think and maybe the front grass. 

Then a lie down in a darkened room...


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:11

My moss seems to be receding a bit as the grass grows chicky - the grass must be quite healthy so it's taking over -usually the other way round!

MrsGarden wrote (see)
 but some spots grow quick and thick while other clumps are slow and short. Not sure why.

Bit like people MrsG....


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:15

I just have grass Dove - mine aren't posh enough to be lawn 

Although maybe the bit I'm putting in the back garden could be lawn....perhaps for a spot of croquet on a warm evening...

Crochet more like 

Tulips - some white & slightly distorted foliage

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:12

It's interesting that you've said the ones in the pots are doing well.  I think it's the best solution for tulips personally, or else accept growing them as annuals. Drainage seems to be the most important factor. I've got a few red tulips that I've had for donkey's years - and they've moved house several times with me - in pots. They're growing well right now. 

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:00

If they want to get in, they will, especially if there are goodies on the other side! Not sure plastic would work - chicken wire is the usual method but you have to bury it cos they they just tunnel under. Little darlings...

I can only go by the experience I had in my last garden Zoomer. We were next to fields and farmland and they were rampant. The year we moved in, our neighbour across the road said they were worse than he'd seen in a long time though, and they definitely weren't so bad the following year. Once things are established they can fend off the nibbling but that's not much use for annuals or perennials. We had planned to build lots of high raised beds in a courtyard bit nearest the house, so that we could then grow any ornamentals and veg we wanted. If you can't beat 'em...foil them! 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:51

Morning all. Had a good sleep for a change. Lazed around for a while watching Griff Rhys Jones and having brekkie. Beautiful day so no doubt I'll spend ages debating what I should do to make the most of it. Grass needs a cut so I might do it even if the ground's still a bit iffy. Lots of painting still, and maybe get the big pot washed for sw. peas. Might just sow them and cover them till they germinate.

Hope everyone has a good day. Off for a look round as I wasn't on last night  

New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:35

I have some low growing Gaultheris which have red berries and are good for shade. In the same border I have Tiarellas and Heucheras - they grow quickly and are readily available. They have small flowers held high above the foliage. Lots of varieties. Pachysandra terminalis is also in the same border - small white flowers above bright green foliage. I'll put a couple of pix on to give you an idea. There are lots of Euphorbias which are quite low growing and many aren't fussy about sun or shade. Euonymous are useful foliage plants for sun or shdae - green and cream or green and gold varieties. They get to a reasonable size but you can easily trim them back if they get too big.  If the soil's not alkaline you could try some of the dwarf rhododendrons as they will take a while to get big so wouldn't take over quickly. 

This pic shows the Gaultheria (with the berries) and there's Euonymous behind it - green/cream foliage:

 this is a Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' :

 and this is another Heuchera 'Alabama Sunrise':

 There are lots of purple Heucheras, easy to obtain. Hope that gives you a couple of suggestions.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:19

Some more painting done but rain came on. That orange fence paint should be banned - it's  a nightmare to cover up 

Think I'm single handedly keeping Ronseal in I know how those men who  painted the Forth Bridge felt 

Is there any chance that the neighbour will get any chocs Verd? Or will it just be an empty box full of little paper cases....

New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:13

Sorry - you posted the pic while I was typing!

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