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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:04

Nothing wrong with 'whiling' chicky  - I know exactly what you mean about the green of spring.  

Ooh my emojis are working again. I'll get my money's worth in case they go .... 

Confession to make!

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:01

Hogweed- I think you're further north than me, but we've had the same - drier than normal March (although cold of course) so I did some tidying and prep then, and April continued in the same way. We didn't have the usual rainfall and wild weather either - it kept just missing us - which was helpful for me with the building work going on. It also helped the grass which is already recovering now that most of the junk has gone. A normal March and April would have made it a mudbath. It's rarely possible to do much at that time of year here.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 15:54

Hello and goodbye Frank/Dad  - stick around.   Don't let the idiots drive you off, although I know how easy they sometimes make it  

chicky - I'm getting frightened to look at that thread now- not sure what else Daniel's going to reveal  

I love it too - it would be awful if people chucked the toys out the pram and flounced off instead of being a bit more patient.  In the grand scheme of things - it's not much to ask, especially as our views are being noted and addressed. After all, there were always little snags before and we just got on with it. 

Glad you've had a good day DD- although it looks like you've a busy time ahead. No change there then  I think BL will be pleased if your friend now feels inspired to do more. 

A nice snooze in the sun will do you the world of good Joyce 

Hate to say it but it's too hot for me as there's no breeze. It's high teens. We've gone from winter to summer in a couple of days! I'm sure normal service will be resumed soon though. As Frankie Boyle once said:  'There's a deep depression over Scotland, and now for the weather forecast' ...  

Tiles have been purchased. Hope I got the right grout. The emojis have suddenly stopped working. Have I used up my quota with this post?  Smiley face.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:28

I'm getting a very different picture of you now Daniel  

For me, and I think many people, having the same function to move around the forum at the top and bottom of the page is a real plus. In fact, it would be very 'useful'  

Lavender stems black

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:23

Providing the soil it's planted in is gritty and free draining, excess water isn't a huge issue. A nice light soil is the ideal.   As much sun as it can get is also important.  The shady site they've been in isn't the best spot for them. 

They do get woody, but I'd agree with hollie, if there's green growth there, I'd leave them just now and let  them grow on. If they were small plants you put in, they'll take a while to get to a good size. Once they've flowered, prune back lightly, just into the fresh green foliage, to encourage new, bushier growth.  You probably can't do much about the stems at this stage, but if the plants go on to thrive, the stems will get covered up reasonably well as the plants spread. You can try pruning a few shoots a bit harder and see what happens, but do it well before autumn so that the plants get a good chance of producing new growth which will toughen up before the cold weather.

If they still look a bit lousy at the end of the year, might be best to start again though. 

Cat deterrent

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:13

Can't edit - just remembered - thyme will also work and some will happily fall over the edges of the beds

Cat deterrent

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:12

The big problem you'll have is during winter when everything dies back Sheps.

I'm guessing the site's pretty sunny going by the plants you intend using already, so Lavender might be a good option to give evergreen cover. If there's room, Hebes will also do well. There's a huge amount of varieties so just be careful choosing. You could use things like Arabis, Saxifrages or Aubretia round edges too - they flower early on and give good cover. The first two are evergreen. Colours will work if you like the pinks and purpley colours.  I have a white Arabis which is a good foil for other things. Spring bulbs will also be useful as the stems start to come through in late winter. You can plant them among the evergreen stuff and their foliage will hide the dying stems later on too.

why did we worry?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:04

We can always gang up on him if he doesn't deliver Joyce  

It's warming up now - so more washing to go out. Making hay and all that 

Indentify this plant please

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:02

They have bracts rather than flowers Lisa. It means the flower is actually a tiny little thing but inside a bigger structure which gives it the appearance of a flower - if that makes any sense! They're an acidic greeny yellow in colour. Most people would get rid of it, and if they like the type and habit of plant, they buy a named variety instead. They're very useful foliage plants, especially for dry areas.

I'm unable to post pix just now but if you google Euphorbia Lathyris you'll get a few pix that way. 

Indentify this plant please

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:34

I just remembered the name but you've beaten me to it Bob!  

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