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Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:29

They are very funny to watch Lesley. We had a big pond at last house with a group of Kilmarnock willows and a hedge at the far end which they nested in. On late spring/early  summer mornings we could sit in the conservatory and watch them flock to the shallow, beached end nearest us, all shouting and flapping and splashing. Then they'd disappear as quickly as they came still making a huge noise! 

Whats eating my Tomatoes?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:14

Last year I had magpies eating mine. They were sometimes leaving bits just outside the growhouse on the gravel. I didn't know who the culprits were till I saw one going in! I had to rig up some mesh ( I used the excess shelves) across the front so that I could still leave them open for ventilation. 

Clematis - Duchess of Edinburgh

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:28

I bought a Duchess of E earlier this year, along with Niobe and Miss Bateman, as a small plant in a 3"/4" pot. They're potted on into those deep clematis pots and it's twice the size of the others - a good 5/6 feet. Not sure if it will flower this year - Niobe is covered with blooms and Miss B  has some buds, so it looks like it's just making loads of growth. I'll see how it performs next year Charley, but as Dove says, perhaps we'll have to exercise that patience we're cultivating!  

Mine will go into a raised border where it will have an Escallonia to climb over, but it's also on trellis against a fence so it'll be interesting to see how it performs.

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:21

Lovely pix! I particularly love the structural stuff, vistas and 'windows' and topiary etc as it's my favourite sort of thing. That gated entrance in the wall you posted yesterday is stunning artjac -sets off the planting and gives it so much more impact than if it was just an ordinary gateway. Quality never goes out of date  

Panda - your little legs coped very well with all that walking round - hope you didn't nibble too much of that bamboo  

Did you all have an ice cream for me? I did arrange the good weather specially for you after all....

Clematis ID please

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:38

Bet that gnome's really yours KEF and you just moved it to take the pic....


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:36

Morning all. Sounds like slugs to me KEF 

Very wet here last night but no storms or lightning - not sure whether I'm disappointed or not - I rather like thunderstorms 

Glad you had no damage Clari. It wouldn't be nice to be hit by it. I'd quite like to watch the golf but if it's going to be a nice day I should be out sawing, grass cutting and such...

I have a couple of Lime Marmalade KEF but I'm not that impressed with them. Bit too lettucey looking and have a lot of rust despite being cut back and well watered etc. 

Just wrote a long post on a thread about grass and hit the wrong button and it disappeared 

Glad everyone had a lovely day out yesterday. Will have to go and a look at all the pix in  a moment. Do you think Woody will be taking it easy after all his hard work and success too? I'm sure he's had a sherbert or two to celebrate 

repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:28

Hi Tracy - you're right - the thatch prevents air and water getting in to the roots if it's very thick, so get that off as soon as you can even if you have to hire something. Once you've done that, and assuming the grass is a sensible height  (couple of inches) apply a feed only - liquid or granular - but remember you'll have to water in if there's no rain for a few days if you use granules. That will boost the grass and give it a better chance of fighting off the weeds. A few weeks later, apply a weed and feed which will boost the grass again and tackle the weeds. During that time make sure you cut the grass weekly. The problem has arisen because the grass is being left to grow too long and is then being scalped which only benefits the weeds. Regular cutting is the most important thing after that - don't let it go for more than a week and only take off about a third of the length of the grass, so in long dry spells you may need to raise the height of your cut. If you do that for the rest of this season the grass will be in  a better state for the next spring when you can start a good regime again. There are weed and feed products specifically  for autumn application but I'd be inclined to miss that this year if you decide to follow the above.  You'll still have weeds here and there and you'll still get some seeding in, but you'll have tackled the worst of them and given your grass a chance of recovering and looking decent.  At my last house we had about an acre of grass, some of which was really reclaimed field, but it's surprising how good it looked after doing just what I've described. The house I'm in just now had the same problem, very little grass, mainly buttercups, daisies, dandelions and clover.  A year on and there are hardly any weeds, and the grass is green and healthy. It's never watered, even during the dry summer of last year  

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 16:07

I have to say, I thought Liatris at first too - especially with the bud forming at the top but I thought it looked a bit tall and wasn't sure if the foliage was right - haven't grown them for a long time either  

It'll flower soon anyway and you'll be able to see Victoria!

Is your astrantia in beside it?

What can I have thats large instead of troughs at the front of a house! Help

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:33

If you're any good at DIY Paul, it's relatively cheap to buy timber from a timber merchant and build some raised beds. I know that the ones I've done recently for my apple trees would have cost £50/60 each at least, (they're about 70cm square and about 45cm high) but they've cost nothing like that. You'd need some 2"/3" timber for the legs and they could be free-standing if you can't concrete them into the ground. A 3.6 m length of 100 or 150mm  x 22mm fencing timber would only be a few pounds. They might cut it to a better length for you so that you can get it in the car, or you can take a saw!

Just a thought....

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:13

Could be one of the campanulas Victoria. Long time since I've grown any and there's tons of varieties but some of them have that kind of foliage.

Looks like lots more flower buds all down the stem too. It should flower soon so you'll get a better idea if no one else recognises it. I'm sure someone will though!

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