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Posted: 12/04/2014 at 10:27

Blackthorn chick- oh yes - spiky 

It's just showing some new growth and it's all survived the wild weather we had just after it was put in!

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 10:24

I've  a large pot full  sown direct outside a couple of weeks ago, and I only sowed a few indoors last weekend. I've got lots to sow direct outside so you're fine Kay! Mine will still be flowering in October - that's the only difference - early sowings will finish earlier. We're a bit behind the south in terms of heat so that's the norm for me. 

GJayne- I had one of the everlasting peas many years ago but I don't remember it being very impressive. I think the soil I had it in at the time was probably not the best though. It would be interesting to hear how you find it. The flowers are much smaller. 


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 10:15

Morning all...I said MORNING ALL. Anyone need some paracetamol - and there's a joke in there somewhere ...

Paracetamol- Parrots-etamol...parrots..get it? Pirates and parrots....oh I give up 

Had a good laugh at the pix and all the antics. I was busy playing cards with my daughter so I was with you in spirit. She won (of course) and made me walk the plank...

Wet and windy here today but it's meant to clear up later so I hope I'll get more done. Cleared all the boundary outside the fence and would like to tidy all round the new hedge and get it mulched. Off for a look round the forum. Have a good day all 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:36

I'll need that to get me down there Dove. 

Save some cake and tea for me 

large gap needs filling

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:32

Viburnums would be fine there Tilly. There are lots of types - evergreen as well as deciduous, and they have white or pink flowers. Pretty trouble free and usually you get a good selection at GCs,  nurseries and DIY stores. The Mahonia  Ceres mentions is a good idea. The bigger varieties like 'Charity' and 'Winter Sun' will get to a good height. Yellow sprays of flowers in winter time. Again, easy to obtain.  I don't know if your Magnolia is a pink variety or a white one but the white Viburnums would work with both and the Mahonia would look very smart with the Hollies. A pink Viburnum would work well with a pink Magnolia. You could put a Buddleia in there as well - it will quickly fill the space while the other shrub grows. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 16:55

That's beautiful Bill. How are you and Mrs Bill keeping? I bet you're glad the snow's disappearing 

Compost help

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 16:53

I just sling 'em in Midgetnan!

I have a halfway house for my kitchen fruit and veg peelings etc. It's a green plastic bin with a lid (about 2' high and about 1' width and depth) which the council used to provide for that very purpose. (We can now put kitchen waste in the brown bin with grass and garden clippings) I put mine into that and once it's full, it all goes in the compost bin. By that time it's all rotting away nicely 

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 16:29

Yes Jeannie - I can do Kendal no problem. 

Rosie - I wondered about getting a haulage company involved - Stobart's for instance? They're everywhere. Surely it would give them some great publicity. Don't know how it would work though.

Raised beds

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:03

The room can wait - your garden can't Supernoodle...I'm sure hubby will understand that logic....

Thin, shallow and uneven borders, full of wood chippings...

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:02

SPea - can you scrape out all the rubbish and bark etc and pop a few bags of topsoil/compost in it? I'd put the Phormium in a big pot at the front door. It could probably be divided into two plants by the look of it.  If it's growing happily there - which it seems to be - then it's probably fairly well draining and sunny, so you'd be able to grow quite a varied amount of stuff there. 

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