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Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:57

Sue if you like strong colours Anne Folkard is a bright magenta with a black centre. Very long flowering and about 15/18" high. Used to grow it with dark purple foliage plants and limey euphorbias as it has brighter green leaves - a bit like the colour of Alchemilla.


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:52

Morning Tina. The sun's come back out but it looks like a hit and miss kind of day. 

I'm sure you can get Doc Ms in tiny baby size if you look hard enough....

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:32

Good to see you back John! I just picked the last Red Alerts this morning and have some Moneymakers which are just starting to ripen. You're right about the RAs taking over! I had to cut quite a bit of foliage off so that I didn't get any pests. Only got littl egrowhouse so quite tight for space. 

Took some pix of my sweet peas and a lovely big bee as well! 








Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:25

Very strange Gilly. I started mine indoors and when they went out we had a really cold spell and they got checked, but once they got going again they've been great. Just took a pic of them as the sun came out for a little while. Will put it on one of the picture threads. Got some of a huge bee who landed on the rocket flowers by the back door.

Covering or hiding old tree stumps

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:54

Hi steebe. What sort of aspect is it? Shade or sun? If you can build the area up a bit with more soil and compost that will help too, and the ground will probably need a bit of nourishment anyway after taking big shrubs out. Periwinkle is useful in almost all situations especially shady areas. Heucheras, Epimediums, Hardy Geraniums are all pretty suitable unless it's really hot and sunny. Euphorbias if it's drier 

Brown tail moth caterpillar Scotland

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:26
Heather Michaels wrote (see)

I would have run off screaming like a girl leaving the shed door unlocked and in fear of my life lol God I have got to get a backbone

Heather- I used to be the same where moths were concerned. nut has helped me enormously with my daft and irrational fear of them 


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:17

Morning Andy. Glad you're feeling better now. The garden will keep you going 

You've just reminded me to go and pick more sweet peas.

Just took daughter to school- chucking it down and only 9 degrees.....9 !!!! Ridiculous!!

May have to resort to ironing and drinking tea. So much for the dry day 


Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:40

I wouldn't put tomatoes into old compost. Replace the old stuff before using it for them. Old compost is great for putting on ornamental areas as an extra mulch or for bulking up any new areas for planting shrubs or perennials. I'll be using mine for that 

Get it off your chest

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:24

Gardenjeannie you're not far away from me- about half an hour. My ex (husband) once cut the grass. Enough said. Somehow I don't think new wifey will be doing anything much in their new garden so he's having to learn quick! In his defence, we did build the deck together at our house and it was very successful.

My recent ex was very keen on the garden and we did lots together in the various houses we were in but he liked all the shrubs at a 'nice manageable height', ie everything chopped to about 4' regardless of what it was!!!

We did laugh about it though...sometimes.....


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:14

Morning all. Getting very autumnal here. I had to put the heating on last night for half an hour. Mind you, I wasn't feeling 100% so maybe that's why...I'm hoping so anyway!

Daughter going to school for extra maths this morning so I may go and get some compost etc after I drop her off. More turf stripping to be done and a post to put in for moving the gate  so could do that today if it stays dry. Same daughter made a swiss roll yesterday at school - very good it was too! May need some to keep my strength up...

Have a good day everyone

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