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Normal for Norfolk???

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 08:55

Ahhh - you may be right Wonks. It's the lesser spotted footballius kickdus. It's common here - I should have recognised it. Often seen in people's gardens, flying in rapidly, then just lying there indefinitely....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 08:51

Morning all/afties Pat. 

Well - I haven't gone walking today Lesley....decided to get on here instead. Not sure it was the right decision, but the decision's been made now...   

No condensation on my windows  that I could detect, but definitely much cooler today. Yesterday wasn't any great shakes in temp anyway though. Temps on the hills are very low or below zero just now so heavier fleece would have been needed today. 

Beautiful pic chicky. Hope you have a truly wonderful time - you all deserve it  

I'm intrigued by the vocabulary you learned in Russian Dove. Hello, goodbye yes - prawns and parsley....did you eat a lot of those then?    

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 22:14

Thanks for all the kind comments. The Libertia was a new one for me, but it fitted with the look I wanted, and Niobe is my favourite clematis and works well with dark foliage. The two 'grasses' provide structure all winter too. 

I think it's about getting the drainage right BL. Our soil is clay here, and cold and wet for months on end, so I add lots of grit and compost when I plant. The raised bed is virtually all compost. We get a lot of rain right through the spring and summer as well, so it's important for me to get the medium right.  The leaves get shredded over winter, so some of them can look pretty rough in spring,  but I remove them and let the new foliage come through. 

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 21:28

Hi wakeshine - the Blakadder Phormium has clematis Niobe growing through it and up the screen. The other grass - the golden one with the little white flowers is actually a Libertia. There are some Chrysographes Iris in there too - on the left of the phormium, behind the clematis, as this area is next to my little pond.

That pic was taken in about May/June. There are loads of Cupani sweet peas in the raised bed to the right of all of that just now .

If you like the look of phormiums, try getting one you like (there are loads of varieties) put it in a pot, and then pick a few plants to go with it, depending on the look you prefer. Same foliage colour but different shape for instance.

The dark ones work really well with bright colours - so you might fancy a few plants with bright red or pink flowers. Dianthus look good, or Geums, or even pots of annuals like pelargoniums or nasturtiums. If you like a softer look, pick pale blues or creams, or even simply foliage. Just build on that once you have the colours or style you like. Start small and then add to it  

And keep your Dahlias - one or two of those behind a Phormium would be terrific! 

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Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:42

Never had any major problems at all  Bee. I always improve the soil first though, plenty of grit, and make sure they're  positioned well to give them the best chance. I also grow in pots, but I don't protect them in winter. If they've got good drainage, they cope with sub zero temps quite well. 

This is one of my favourites - Cream Delight. It's in a raised bed - west facing. 

Blackadder - east facing bed by the pond 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:19

Chuffing awful Joyce isn't it? 

Golf course on the other side of the road (which is a few hundred yards away) was largely invisible at half three when I took oldest daughter to work. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:07
Busy-Lizzie says:


I never had a teddy bear. But I do have one of those yellow mixing bowls. 

See original post

Wasn't it a bit tricky to cuddle up to in bed ?    

My mum had one of the brown Mason Cash ones but I think my sister took it. Wonder if she lost that as well as my mum's engagement ring....

I'm cooking sausage casserole. That's a  winter meal. What's that about? 

Can someone turn the tap off now...please

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 18:54

I use a lot of green, cream, yellow and white - especially foliage. It gives me colour on the dark dreary days - winter lasts a long time here. I can add accents to go in and among all of that. I also don't have the amount of time to spend in the garden that many people have, so plants have to suit me. 

BL - you have very different conditions - and grow accordingly. The hot dry weather means brown grass for you. That's rare here! 

I wish you could see what it looks like here today....there's a river running down the windows and I'll have to go and pick up the big pots of sweet peas - again  

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:09

It's just our climate and soil  here Verd. Picking the right thing is key. I've gradually learned that they really don't look as good as they would in your climate. They're good if associated well with other good, 'shapely' planting...  

Phormiums, on the other hand - now that's a different thing entirely....

The blue grasses just look grey ...and disappear into the grey sky.....

Gunnera Manicata

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:05

Sorry Hh    

Lovely pic  - fab sky 

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