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Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:37

Home from t'mill.

Yes - work sawmill Lesley, as opposed to the one at home!   

That one's beckoning...but it'll have to wait till tomorrow  

My sweet peas have been a bit disappointing this year. I've grown different ones and it may be down to weather, but I had a few of the cream ones left from last year and they're performing very well, so perhaps poorer quality  seed. Gave them an extra feed last weekend so hopefully they'll get going a bit more. 

There's been a lot of waffling going on here today...

Spindle Tree

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 12:47

Hi Marilyn, it's a lovely tree so it's a shame that you're not getting the fruits at this time of year. If, as pansyface says, it's a pollination issue, perhaps you could try introducing a good supply of suitable plants to attract insects in during spring. Even daffs are good for that. That may help, especially if no one round about you has much early planting either. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 12:39

Oooh Victoria, it's lovely !

It's weird - I don't like bi-coloured flowers yet I love Auriculas. There's something rather perfect and old fashioned about them. The whole idea of the displays and having them all in the same pots etc. Formality I suppose, which I love in a garden  

Are you building them a little theatre? 


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 12:33


Perhaps you should get one of the ride ons. That would jiggle you about and you could pretend it was one of those daft vibrating things people use at gyms. 

I have grass to cut later too.

Busy day at the sawmill so far - thought I'd change from the salt mine...



Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:40

Morning all. Dry but cloudy here. Off to work earlier and staying longer so may not get much done later. Grass needs cut though so I'll try to get that done.

Where do you live Steve?

Chicky - don't think he's properly fit and focussed yet.   Where's the fire? I've not heard about that.

Getting a good soil mix for large planters

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:35

The bed sounds good cc and similar to the raised beds I've made. Mixing the manure, topsoil and some of your garden soil will be a good start and I'd also add some compost to get a nice mix. It depends what you want to grow of course, but that will allow you to grow most things. If you're worried about drainage, add grit to the mix rather than the sand, though raised beds tend to drain quicker anyway. I've always gardened on clay and find this the best way of lightening the soil to allow me to grow a wider variety of plants.  We get a lot of rain so it's vital to stop plants waterlogging through winter and spring in particular. You could just mix some of the pea gravel through as well rather than just having it in the base  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:23

Easier in many ways though MrT - at least the grass doesn't answer back eh? 

Cheaper to feed too 

Camellia query

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:41

No, but they will be forming buds just now for next spring, just like Rhodies and  Azaleas. Make sure they're not short of water if the ground's dry as it can cause them to drop instead of producing the flower they should   

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:08

Great to hear you're getting on well with it cc. A few pix on here can help with keeping up the motivation when you get a bit weary and feel you're never going to get it finished  

Hedge Advice - Which type of Laurel?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:05

I'd agree with nut Jenny. The common laurel gets very big so you need a fair bit of room to let it spread or it doesn't look right. You'd end up with very little foliage and lots of branches if you wanted to keep it as tight as the hedge you have there. The more nutrition you can get into the soil the easier it will be for your new hedge to get established. Conifers take a lot out of soil and leave it hungry.  A little sprinkling of Blood, fish and bone at planting time will help and you may find you'll have to water quite a bit when you replant as well. 

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