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Pyracantha hedge

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:19

Ali - it sounds like you did all the right things when you planted. I missed you saying they were young plants ()  so they should establish quite quickly. They're probably getting enough water and now that we're heading into autumn and winter they'll not need much attention at all. Just check the soil they're in by poking a finger in. If it's still damp just leave them. Overwatering can do more harm than good if the ground's water retentive anyway. As I said, my ground's heavy clay too, so I always add grit and lots of compost when planting anything if it likes a more free draining medium. I've just been out to look at some plants and the pyracanthas are all berrying up now. They are the ones in a shadier site so it just shows that they're pretty adaptable!  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:09

Lovely splashes of colour Victoria. You can see that late summer/autumn light coming in. It definitely changes the flower colours.

Took some pix later yesterday evening and also this morning

Canna Tropicanna

 the Canna with some of his friends

 the same this morning

 the Black Velvet nasturtiums on their own

 one of last year's white buddleia cuttings tucked in to a border

 sweet peas including a rogue lilac one, and verbena bon.

 and a view down that border from the  back steps

 with apologies for the horrid gravel and slabs - they won't be there next year I hope!

who is the thief?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 10:27

Deer can cause huge amounts of trouble Steve. They might look pretty but....

We were lucky at last house as the deer populations didn't encroach. The rabbits more than made up for them though 

It's my birthday

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 10:17

We need a Homer Simpson smiley ....that face he makes when he goes aaahhhh and drools 

I could eat that right now lily. Is that wrong? 


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:53

Morning Verd. Hope you're well today 

I'm the same as you about annuals. Not my favourite thing apart from pots, but I've tried a couple of things this year that I'm very pleased with. The dark nasturtium 'Black Velvet' is a  deep ruby red with an orangey throat, and velvety as the name suggests. I'm definitely going to keep seeds and grow more of them next year. Will try and get some pix. Did some last night but think they were a bit dark.

Morning Dove 

Enjoy your pears chicky 

Getting a good soil mix for large planters

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:07

Hi cc, it won't really matter how you apply it if it's all nicely rotted down. 

Just be careful with your bamboo. If it's a clump forming one it shouldn't be too bad, but the other kind are quite invasive. I've had clump forming ones on heavy clay soil and they were never a problem, but on lighter soils they can get bigger and could take over your raised beds. If you can make a solid barrier round it with paving slabs on their edge or some extra timber fixed securely across the bed, to make a mini bed of its' own, that will make life easier. 

Sweet pea planting soil.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:59

Hi Rob, I don't think you need to worry too much as they will be fairly dormant over winter, when the compost has done it's thing, and won't need any more help till growth starts getting going properly in spring again. I don't normally sow them in autumn so I'm not 100% sure. Pinching out to keep them bushy over winter is a big factor in maintaining them. 

Hopefully David K can help you more - he's the sweet pea expert on here. 

A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:49

Steve - £1500!  -  I'd be wanting the whole building done for that 

Definitely a builder, as the other Steve says. 

By the time you've got it done you could rent it out as a holiday home to recoup the money!  

Overgrown garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:45

Hi Katy - a project's always exciting , and by the sound of it, anything you do will  be an improvement!

I think Fruitcake's suggestion about the council is a good one. That way, you can get everything out, and you can get a better idea of what you have, and what you can do with it. If you have the inclination to start a compost bin and get the green stuff separated from the rubbish that would be great, but it depends what other demands on your time there are. I'm a great believer in recycling as much as possible, but I also understand that we have lots of other things which take up our time and resources 

Once you have a clean slate, you can decide what you have room for and start preparing the plot for your veg and all sorts of good things. 

New addition to the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:35

Lewis - your two pool/mini ponds sound absolutely beautiful. The wildlife will love you for them and I bet you enjoy watching those blackbirds. I've gone from having an average sized pond in a previous garden, to a huge pond with a second one feeding off it in my last garden, and back to a tiny pond in the making at this new house I'm in. The pleasure from watching birds and wildlife of all sorts is immeasurable. Among the best times I've had this summer have been watching the birds take a bath in the tiny temporary birdbath and the sparrow having a dust bath in a bare bit of soil! 

Or maybe I need to get out more...

I've just heard that they're about to talk about giant slugs on the BBC news 

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