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Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:03

I planted this last year in one of my raised beds but the info says that they don't like being exposed to cold winds. I wondered how well it would do in my garden because of that, but felt I'd give it a go and would simply replace if it was a problem. Did you bring them in for that reason Possum, or was it just because of very low temperatures?


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:11

Morning doc 

Afternoon now! I'd hoped to get some  primulas last year after moving here, but nursery had none left when I went. They're so beautiful - subtle, as you say Verd - but tough as old boots. They'll fit well with my other 'shady' plants along the back fence and will be lovely to look at from the house when I'm desperate for winter to end. Yours must be a lovely sight  when they flower pd 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:20

Such optimism Verd 

I hope we don't get the cold late on though, like last year, to knock us back. 

My bargain polyanthus from last year have never stopped flowering, and there's a clump just jam packed with buds. I really want to get some native primulas for the back garden so may have to go to the nursery.

A bit dangerous just now though, when I have a building to pay for!

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:11

Nice thread Tootles - some of us know a few occupations already, but good to have it all in one place. Always interesting. Keeps us going through the winter!  

I worked in an Equestrian Centre producing show ponies/horses for 20 years before having my children. Worked with pre school children for several years when mine were young, but now work back in the EC again in the Rosette company- sewing and printing. I was half way through a Garden Design course but personal changes meant I had to stop. Strangely, I miss the technical drawing most. 

Got any mince Andy? 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:00

Agree totally with nut about the difference between putting three Hostas of the same variety together as opposed to three different ones. It's the same for most plants- the overall look can be jarring - but as nut says, it's about playing around till you get the look you want.  Astilbes work really well with Hostas as they like the same conditions - I've used that combination many times. Nice contrast in shape, size and foliage. Spring bulbs (snowdrops/crocus etc) are really useful under these plants so that you get a continuation - especially if it's an area you can see from the house. It can look a bit bare in the spring until these plants get going so you may want to consider that Charley. Snowdrops in the green will be available in a month or so


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:39

Lovely Dove - but where are the candles?  Could the  Fire Brigade not make it......

Sorry art... I know you're only 27...or 28 like me 

I'll keep you a Yorkie archie...if eldest doesn't snaffle them all!

Crumpets now Verd...I don't know. You'll not be fit to take Spike for his walks at this rate, especially if you get a doughnut holder in that car.... 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:49

Morning all. Dreich here but at least no more snow. 

Could have chatted to you through the night Clari. Was awake for about three hours. May have had something to do with falling asleep at  9pm  for four hours!

My hellebore's not flowering yet but has big fat buds. Only have one - so far. Got it from the nursery when I  moved in here. They had loads, but only one of this variety. 'Bob's Best'. Lrge  white flowers. Looking forward to it opening up.

H****work to do and a bit of shopping to get today. Wonder if the girls would like some Yorkshires for dinner. 

Didn't know it was art's birthday - Hippo Birdy  Will you have cake later?


Advice on new-build garden

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:17

Would agree with blairs and KT about getting the developers to leave the plot in a suitable state.  Many people get the turf included in the house price but if you've not done that, it should certainly be suitable for you to complete it yourself. Builders are notorious for just dumping all the junk in the gardens. It might be worth checking your agreement, with your lawyer if necessary, and then contacting them Bob. Clearing it all is a lot of work for you to tackle yourself, and having a good base for your turf to go on really pays off 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 14:56

Mint ones for me doc and archie. Think they have real chocolate on them now, they used to call it a 'chocolate covered coating'  

Seed compost

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 14:53

Hi Nick. I've always used multi purpose and not really had  any problems that I can think of, but I expect it depends on what seeds you're sowing too. I mainly sow salad crops and sweet peas, and occasionally other hardy annuals and perennials  

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