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Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:32

Couldn't agree more. We've been fairly lucky with eldest fairy, but my mum had a different experience. Doctor was worse than useless and only when my sister got help through her GP was there any progress. There's something badly wrong with 21st century Britain when 25% of young men under 35 who die have committed suicide. 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:50

An 'iced 'but' Dove...was that a  Freudian slip.... 

Clari - get that CV sorted and get looking  

KEF's right - you're not valued there.

It's every shade of ****e here too KEF. Horrible day 

Mental health support  is supposed to be getting more funding. I'll believe it when I see it...it's another postcode lottery...

plants for deep shade

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:32

I find that too Hosta - you need something bright or light behind them to set the dark foliage off as well.

A few structural foliage plants will help Mandy. I use common old Euonymous as a foil for other perennials. Depending on the room you have, you could use Holly (Ilex) or some of the Elaeagnus (not all are evergreen) also. Another useful shrub is Lonicera - the shrubby type used for hedging. You can trim it to shape if you want. Fatsias are good for shade and offer a nice contrast in shape. You can then add a selection of perennials and bulbs such as the ones cornelly, Verdun and Hosta have suggested. White and yellow flowered plants are particularly good for shade.

I'd add carexes to the list as well - many of them are very happy in shade. Heucheras as well - there are plenty of brighter ones. 

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:17

Andy - I'm in the west central belt but I wouldn't be too hasty about seed sowing unless you have plenty of room in that greenhouse. Those little plants get very big - very quickly!

Tomatoes need decent night time temps too - something we're a bit short of up here! 

The lupins and cornflowers will need to be hardened off  before planting out. Small plants will get eaten by slugs.  April/May is very early unless you have big sturdy plants filling a 6 or 7 inch pot. 

Can't help you with the other veg though as I don't grow it. 

suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:11

What do you have planted around the 'ex' tree and what other things are there - fences, buildings etc?

I'm inclined to agree with Hosta re covering stumps, but a low stump is a much better opportunity, especially as you'll have a load more light into the area without the tree hanging over it.

Cut to about four or five feet it could make a bird table though. 

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 08:07

Hornbeam retains its foliage through the winter Kc so you still have the framework there. If you plant some large evergreen shrubs in front of it, you'll get the privacy you need. Alternatively - just plant the shrubs! It might be better than trying to maintain a hedge too - under the circumstances 

Cotoneaster could be useful though..it'll grow against the fence and it's quite 'rough' without being thorny. Needs very little attention and would be a good backdrop to other things.


Did you forget the pic?  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 08:01

Haven't looked on here for a bit - gorgeous snake heads Hazel and Hefty 

Your garden will be beautiful as always W'song - looking forward to seeing more as the year goes on  

This chap needs hair.......

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 07:59

That's brilliant B'cupdays 

Tetley - I had to stop on the way back to work yesterday (temp traffic lights) and it was next to a house with a huge tree at the driveway. On a little 'hole' on the trunk, there was a small fern growing away quite happily on some moss that had gathered there. I thought of you and Bert!  


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 07:57

Morning all - afties Pat - they were showing the huge Australian  tumbleweed on the news this morning. I missed hearing where it was though. It looked very strange! 

Edd - go and get some help please. The X Files is a tv show....it's not real life....

No scraping (I hope) for me either chicky - I think the temps went back up. Car was frozen when I took the bin out later last night  so I'm hoping it's still not covered in ice!

Nearly into March - doc - keep on hanging in there. It's got to get warmer and a bit drier soon  

Thinking of you today Lyn x


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 19:14

Glad you enjoyed your day T'bird  


1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)

FAIRYGIRL.    Re Kiwis, your supposed to peel them you know   I quite like them if they are really ripe.  


Aaah - that's where I'm going wrong.  I wondered why they tickled....   

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