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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 22:06

Clive -that's a little stunner!!

Thanks for sharing 

Do you find them quite straightforward- anything tricky? I see you have yours in pots- is that better than in the ground or is it just a personal choice?

Duck / no duck

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:51

Don't hold back Dove - cut to the chase!!


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:50

Thanks Bob - they're both in pots just now and I sat them together and they looked really well together. I'll find a little place where they get some shade from other plants probably- a huge pot of dianthus is next to them just now giving them enough shelter from the sun.  I don't want them in too dark a spot either or the viola won't stand out. 

Dove - can you send us a little fret to cool us down 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:40

Punkdoc- beautiful! Summer house is gorgeous as Berghill says - you must have some lovely times sitting there. Lovely views and planting, and what a stunning house 

What is this and is it salvageable?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:36

Probably some simple ground cover would be best as the ground will probably get quite dry. Periwinkle, Brunnera, Epimedium and Euphorbia come to mind for that kind of situation, and are mostly evergreens.  Flowers are not generally large but you can add bulbs to the mix . I assume the tree's deciduous and you could get quite a nice succession of bulbs before the canopy takes over.  If you can get some organic matter into the soil to improve water retention that will help, you could even put a Hosta or Astilbe there if the soil's not too dry. Think  'edge of woodland' for suitable plants.

I'm sure others will come up with plenty of other suggestions too.

What is this and is it salvageable?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:12


Don't care for it myself either but it may be useful if you want a bit of screening Sherlock,or have a gap where the wind funnels through etc. 

What is this and is it salvageable?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:42

Looks like spotted laurel Sherlock - (love the name!) so the spots are meant to be there! Now you've got it in a pot give it a drink and a little bit of shade and it should perk up soon. It would have been struggling under the tree. Once it's got a bit happier and healthier you can find a better spot for it.  They're mainly used for hedging and will get quite big quite quickly, but you can prune back to the size you want.

Always difficult when the pix are up the wrong way!


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:37

Hi all. Roasting here now Just had some raspberries and yogurt for lunch. Glad it all went well Dove

Tina- glad all went well.  Belgian bun.. I managed to walk past all the cakes and not put any in the trolley  Won't last though.

Gilly- no cake , but treated myself to a glass of coke. I know how to party! Too emotional for anything else!!

Too hot for doing any heavy work outside but may do some fence painting.

Have got a lovely bright green heuchera - a freebie seedling last spring and is now a good size and about to flower, and it looks great with viola Molly Sanderson (black as liquorice)so may find a spot for them together somewhere. 

yellowing cordyline

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 08:13

Is it in a shady spot bluejan? They like sun. The harling shouldn't have made any difference as you say. Since you mention it was looking a bit yellow before you planted it, is there any sign of weevils or anything like that? 


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 07:47

Morning all. Cloud cover here just now so quite cool but pleasant after yesterday's heat. Woody that must have been a lovely garden yesterday -  especially pleasant when it was so hot. Cake's a bonus  Enjoy your cricket.

Work for me too Bev. Hope you have a good day although you'll be away by now.

Did your day go well Dove? Sorry I couldn't make it- I had a date with a man with a racquet.....

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