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Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:09

Hosta - I don't think you're being gay enough. Kinky Boots, Louboutin shoes....

I do the same - watch what I want, when I want. Eat what I like, go to bed when I please (admittedly quite early ) and all with the added bonus of no partner to come back and annoy me! 

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:48

I'm very retro myself Verd...I was very fashionable in the 70s.

A few bulb queries (well it is that time of year...)

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:42

Thank you art, that's very kind.  

Mostly shrubs and perennials, especially sturdier perennials. I have lots of bulbs for spring (in pots as well as borders) and clematis on fences. I need a couple more early ones which I'll get over the next few months probably. Airy fairy plants aren't much good here - not the right climate, and evergreens are vital so that there's interest during the long winters. It also unites the whole space. I usually have pots of sweet peas in summer and some other containers with single colour planting.  I like Phormiums and Fatsias too, because I like structural planting in general. It can easily be softened with things like alliums, annual cornflowers  and lilies. 

layering for pots including allium bulbs

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:26

Hi Linda, when you say 37 cm, is that diameter? The volume of the pot will determine just how much you put in. 

Having said that, the rule of thumb for bulbs is that you bury them twice to three times their depth - a 2" daff will need about 4" soil above it, so the hole will be 6" deep. The smallest bulbs will therefore be nearest the top of the pot. If you have a mix, layer them according to size, but as most alliums are summer flowering, you might want to add some crocus or dwarf Iris in the top layer which will flower late winter/early spring.

If you want something to last right through till the alliums are ready, you could use native primulas. These will give you a display in early spring and the foliage will last well  too. Mine flower on and off for ages. They prefer shade so you may need to have them in a slightly different spot - near a window is good so that you can see them - and then move the pot to a sunnier site when the alliums start to come through. Some of the grasses would also do the job. The more 'mop headed' kinds are ideal, like Festucas ( there are many blue varieties readily available) or Carexes (Evergold is a good green/gold variety). They will give you cover right through the winter and spring, and the alliums will grow through them. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:14
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Anyway, take no notice of horrid miserable people - what use are they?  What we need in our lives are people who make us feel good

I'll second that Dove. It's why I'm single - and staying that way  

DD - I've spent most of my life saying nothing, putting up with 'stuff'  and being submissive. People get used to you being a certain way, and when you've finally had enough and stand up for yourself, they don't know how to react. It has to be done though. I'm much happier now because I feel more assertive, and instead of pleasing everyone else, I please myself.  It took me a long time. Good for you that you've done it, but I know how hard the aftermath can be to deal with, and how long it can take. You'll get there 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:46

This is one of mine - a 15inch pot crammed with Joan of Arc crocus - about 50 or 60 in total


Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:41

Tetley - get a big island bed in there and fill it with treasures  

Whether anyone thinks it's retro or not, if it pleases you that's all that matters. Some lovely planting around that tree will enhance it. A small, mean bed would look silly but you have plenty of space to put in a nice big one and make it look balanced.

Mark out different sizes and shapes with rope or hosepipe and see what looks best from all angles  before you get the spade out. I think it would be terrific 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:35

You're so right doc - doesn't stop it hurting though. Some people really need to take a long hard look at their behaviour. They're taking their issues out on a little boy who has done nothing. Sending love DD x

Glad the nags are all ok BL 

Pat - good that you're feeling better. 


Dove - isn't it just a 'front window' you need rather than a three hour one? ...

I'd get my coat but - it's quite nice here. Cool, but at least it's into double figures and sunny -ish.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 07:47

Lovely jo. I had a little google of it. Similar sort of ascent to the Pentland HIlls outside Edinburgh so I could do with that for my winter exercise. 

Might be just a bit too far to travel...

It must be a joy to see that every day - when you can see it!  If I go to the local shopping centre after work on a clear day, there's a little section of road where I can see all the Arrochar hills. Always thrills me - especially on a snowy winter day. I can see most of them on the downhill section of road when I leave my house too. Ben Lomond in particular as it's the closest to me. You can't buy that.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 07:38

Morning all. White rabbits yadda yadda yadda ... does that really work? Is my luck going to change?     

I'm probably too late, but good luck chicky. Horrible situation.

DD - hope Charlie has a good first day.  I'm finding it slightly strange having no children at school!

Work for me too WW - I work with someone who suffered migraines- she had to use the injections. Very unpleasant. People who have headaches and claim they have a migraine coming on really have no idea.

Anyway, I can't sit about all day like all you retired people 

See you all later 

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