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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:28

I've seen last week's MrsG. Not bad I'd say. Recording it on series link. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:11

It all sounds heavenly  Dove! I'd like the cabbage with fennel seeds - a very underrated herb/spice I always think. I use them quite often in soups.

Verd had a look at the nursery on line and they stock Brunette, Pink Spike and Misty Blue  so I'll have a look at them when I'm there but I'll take a look at others online too as I'd want a white one for that particular area. Thanks for the info 

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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 20:49

Will take a look at nursery next time I'm there Verd- which will no doubt be soon! They could be good in my new areas as they won't get loads of mid day sun there. I love dark foliage- great with yellows and oranges, and white flowers of course , which will be the dominant 'colour' in the new beds.

MrsG- I'd stick the Verbs out somewhere not too sunny in a suitable bed or border. They should make some more growth, but if you're worried just put them into bigger pots and you can plant them out next year. I've got quite a few in various sizes in pots and they'll probably stay there till spring as I don't have a border that's right for them at the moment.

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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 20:11

Verd- moisture is what we do really well in Scotland 

We're on clay here and because of the amount of rain we normally get, we don't get the problem of it drying and cracking like in the south of the country. I always add loads of stuff when I plant up new areas too to keep it from being a sodden mess. Pays to take time with prep of all sorts -fail to prepare/prepare to fail. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 20:02

I've inherited one here jak and it's a bit of the garden where I've now relocated my shed to! On one side of it there's a cotoneaster but it's the sunnier side. We get a lot of rainfall here and it's clay soil so it's not as bad as it might be in other areas. Plants that take dry shade are the only ones worth trying and even then, as Booker says, you'd need to look after the soil to give them any chance - a raised bed is a good idea.   Some of the hardy geraniums could be worth a try and things like Lamium and Euphorbias might be ok. There's a site called 'Plants for Shade' (all grown in Somerset) which specialises and they have some lovely plants so it might be worth a look. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:51

Love the shield bugs - they're really pretty. we get lots of the little green , quite plain ones here. Squished lots of lily beetles at ex husbands house recently which were on a lily he bought this year. Really infested with them- the lily looked so awful. Could have had a field day with a camera there Gilly!

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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:45

Nature's cruel sometimes isn't it fidget? 

I saw the big wasp again today that I saw a while back. couldn't get a pic but had a look online and found some pix which seem to be right- it's a wood wasp. They like conifers and dead wood so that must be why it likes the back of my garden! I'd love to see those hummingbird moths Gilly - don't know if we get them up here though.

Cup of tea and birthday cake for me just now 

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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:24

Verd -what happened to the end? Did you run away before you could finish?

Maybe I should put a big barn right along the inside of the fence...

Didn't realise Acteas were scented. Would they do well up here Verd? Not seen them in anyone's garden.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:11

If they're in pots you need to make sure they have enough food and water and it's surprising how much they can take especially with the temperatures this year.  I have some in pots and I have other pots and plants shading them at the base and I  keep on top of the watering. I use tomato food for mine. It does sound as though that's the problem. A bit of tlc and new compost as mentioned above and hopefully they'll come away again. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:03

Lovely spuds archie and great produce as always Deano!

So neat isn't he?

Pix of my garden today with the shed out the way and a good bit of clearing done.

The ivies are for the outside of the new fence (next to shed) and the gate in left corner will be moved to give a longer run of fence for climbers and a few bits and pieces with a path alongside it as well. Most of the gravelled area and the bare soil will be a new lawn and the strip of grass will be path. I've started making the borders along the new fence too. They'll be shadier as they face east mostly. The Mahonia is at the centre axis of the new garden- there's a bit of temporary fence on the right which will go when the extension's underway.

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