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Growing sage

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:35

I have no problem with rosemary (potted)  but sage is a no go here...

It would probably have been ok here this winter, tucked against the house wall in a pot, but I don't have time to faff with borderline stuff. I have to be ruthless! 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:28
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hosta, you could just tie a ribbon around it



My mind is boggling....  

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:26

Hi Peter - it's a tricky little plot but there will be a solution. The narrow borders will limit the scope, but you can have year round colour. 

What height are the walls? 

The shade means lavender won't be happy so I wouldn't try that, but Camellias and Hydrangeas will probably be fine. I'd position them where they're protected from the early morning sun, so the two farthest corners would be ideal. You could then have clematis on the wall in between them, underplanted with perennials (the Hellebores will be fine) to give a more formal look. There are plenty of plants which we cansuggest for a shady area.

If you prefer informal, you could use one Camellia as a main evergreen, with some of your other choices filling the rest of the borders. The deciduous ones can be underplanted with bulbs for spring. Repeat planting is a good idea to give a bit of unity to  the area, but you'll have to choose carefully because of the size of the plot.

To make a real impact, make those borders wider, or make one big one in an arc across one side. That would give you more scope to plant.Otherwise you end up with a line of random shrubs which never looks very successful. 

Amazing Encounter

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:08

The south east is a 'bubble' though, aym, and while people continue to flock there for work etc , it will only get more populated and all services will be stretched to breaking point.  Britain is small, but not every area is like that - fortunately!  

Loads of areas for beautiful wildlife and scenery all over our lovely British Isles   

Amazing Encounter

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:00

I take a short cut through nearby side roads sometimes, in a residential area, with large properties. There's a burn running through the area, eventually forming a pond, with an uncultivated plot of land which backs onto some of the houses. One night I encountered a couple of badgers crossing from the plot to one of the houses. They went up the driveway and were playing around on the gravel - quite happily  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:52

I write the reply first, moving it down  a little bit,  then add the quoted bit above. That saves the problem with it appearing in the box with the quote.

If I remember....

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:39






Hostafan1 wrote (see)

He's got a pressy Fairy. 

I asked last night if we had any wrapping paper:

" just christmas paper"

" do you want your pressy in Christmas paper, or shan't I bother?"

It's unwrapped.

And they say romance is dead??? pah


As long as you delivered it with a smile...   



Moving rhododendron

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:34

Are you guaranteeing that hot summer Verd?  

I'm shifting one too - to the great compost bin in the sky so it can wait till after flowering. I could easily do that even if I was keeping it, because we'll get suitable conditions, but I'd agree with Verdun - it will need to be cut back if it's big anyway, so nothing to lose by shifting it now, and if you have dry conditions - everything to gain. I'd mulch well afterwards, to retain moisture until it's well established. 

When you say big - are you talking 7 or 8 feet or is it smaller than that?


Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:27

Dead heading the white ones, in particular, is a good idea - they look rough when the flowers turn! 

I do the same as LF and Dove re pruning, but you can hack to the ankles and they come back. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:24

Mornig all/afties Pat - love your skink pix on the other thread 

Happy birthday Hosta hubby ...  did you get a nice sleep last night?

Oooh - a croissant or three would be lovely Dove  

My blackies have wrecked all the logs round by the shed with their digging Dove - they love rootling around don't they! They've been chucking all the bark about that's under the  hedge too. I'll get to that today if I don't walk - forecast's full of fog so it's made me  a bit  

Yvie - surveyors do give a false sense of security. They only look at roofs or 'out of the way ' bits from a distance. Hopeless really. It can pay to have a more in depth survey done but it does make everything more expensive. I think things have improved up here a fair bit since the Home Report came in, but it's still not a perfect system. I can personally vouch for that 


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