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Donate for us 1940's garden?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:17


Baffling a squirrel. happy days

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:15

Different types of food would be my first step Peanuts. You'll find lots of different mixes available in GCs etc and also online. It'll also depend what birds are local to your area and situation.  I mainly use sunflower hearts, robin food and mixes for blue tits, and I steer clear of the mixes with the full sunflower seeds as it's less messy - no waste. Buy better quality  stuff too - the cheaper mixes are padded out with barley which just attracts lots of pigeons. In hard weather  blackbirds will love apples put out for them, and I put out mealworms at this time of year too. Remember some birds are only ground feeders so you might want to put food directly on the ground or a suitable area for them  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:06

It's a Weigela nut - Middendorffiana. I only know because I came across it last night when I was checking out stuff at the nursery I go to. I googled to get other pix of it - and that was the one that came up on my search!

Lovely montana on your fence WS 


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 16:51

Afties all. 

Wintersong - I take it the thoughtless a******* just vanished? Makes me furious  

Just been looking at your lovely archway on the Gallery thread too. Great pix.  I hope your other plants will be ok. At least at this time of year a bit of cutting back and some tlc and they should recover and get some new growth.

MrsG - they'll stay in the bigger pots till summer - ish, unless I get impatient.   If they make good growth by July/August I'll put them in the raised beds, although it should probably only be one of the white ones as I want a couple of early ones for a succession and these all flower at similar times. I'll have other places to put them temporarily.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 12:47

In for lunch but have to go back soon. Very windy and none too warm.

Clari - re the water mint - make sure you contain it. It's like it's border cousin. We had a huge corner of it in the pond at last house. Whoever planted it knew what they were doing though - it was inside about four tractor tyres - but it still managed to escape a bit! 

My DD is covered in big buds so hoping it will look  good soon. It gave a decent display last year and it was in a pot - got it in the 'sad'  corner at GC for a few quid. The new ones are in little 4" pots - around a foot high MrsG so they're going into the deep plastic pots you get more mature plants in. I'll keep them there for a while to let them grow on and then put them out where they're going. 

Doc- that's what you get for eating all that pasta....


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 07:28

I didn't get a PM but I didn't post on the mares' tail  (that's what we call it here!) thread. They're chancers, the lot of 'em. Or am I just getting very cynical?....

Chicky - I know what you mean about changing your mind. I'm already going to move plants I only put in last autumn  Did you ever get a Daniel Deronda clematis? Mines' covered in buds just now. Have quite a few darker clems in the raised beds so needed some whites, and a couple of winter/early-ish  types

Morning KEF. I was puzzled by your post the other day about smallest fairy going on a trip. Think it was a small chicklet - furthest trip fairylet goes is to the kitchen....

Clematis and fir trees

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 07:01

Hi Sarah, are they conifers as opposed to a 'Christmas tree' type fir? The ground would be poor for quite a distance round them so Clematis would always struggle to do well. If you really want to try one I'd suggest a montana type which are the vigorous, fence/wall covering kind that flower at this time of year - small flowers, pink or white varieties, but you'd still have to improve the ground a lot and plant a good distance away initially to give it a chance.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 06:55

Morning chick and Dove.

Dry here but there's been a good bit of rain to water all the new plants in. Will pot up the clematis when I finish work -Niobe, Duchess of Edinburgh and Miss Bateman. 3 for £12 at Homebase. I'll let them get a bit bigger before I put them in their final place. What plants have you got planned for your lovely new bed chick?

Best go for my shower and  breakfast now. 


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:41

Evening all. Had a busy day and just been catching up with all your 'stuff'.

Can't remember everything that's happened but chicky - your OH is excelling himself these days. Looks tremendous 

Doc -  pix are lovely. I have a pic of the blue glass sculpture on Murano too. 

Finished planting up all the border outside the boundary fence after work, and washed pots for the three clematis that miraculously found their way into my basket yesterday along with a couple of bargain packs of lilies and some lily of the valley...

Off to see what's what now that dinner has been consumed.


What do I grow?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 07:34

Mike - would it help if we added a general area to our lists so that you can make comparisons on the planting? It would mean we'd have to do another post or you can check the map of where we are,  or even our profiles but some people may not have much info. 

Sending my best wishes to you and your wife Fishy. It's a traumatic time for you both x

Mike - we're all here here to keep you occupied and chat with you as you know. You carry on doing what you like to do here. I'm baffled at the reaction by a few people frankly  

Clari - I have that second one you have!

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