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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:42


I did some emails, went to collect daughter and did the shopping.  

I have nice clean sheets too, so I might go to bed soon too...  

Night night  

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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:38

Don't like blue either PP. Not that colour of blue anyway. 

Blue's too cold a colour for our climate up here. I think that's something else people often forget. Predominantly grey skies need warmer colouring to work well with them. That's why purply/red blues work better than cold blues. 

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:34

I often did that too when mine were little, although it was often far too chilly in late spring to be out after about nine. Annoying when it was nice and light! Good for getting peace to put plants in or prune and tidy. 

Mind you , the women along the road from me thinks it's acceptable to mow her grass at half ten at night.....

Whatever happened to common sense and consideration....

Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:26

Rory - the smaller the pot or  container a plant is growing in, the quicker it dries out, especially in a sunny site, or if in the shelter of a house wall, so they need watering more frequently. In long,hot dry spells baskets need intense watering-often twice a day.  Once they dry out, you need to plunge them into a bucket of water till completely rehydrated. You can't successfully get them damp otherwise - the water just runs through them.  Many people use all sorts of different methods to prevent that - water retaining granules,plastic liners, tray of water at the bottom etc. 

Plants in the ground need watered well until established and growing. That depends on the soil and your climate and the aspect. Always better to give a plant a good watering can full then leave till the soil's dry again. If you're unsure  of that, push your finger into the soil - if it's dry lower down than an inch or two, that's when you need to water. You'll get a feel for it when you've grown hundreds and hundreds of different plants!

Re plants seeding - plants rarely come true when allowed to seed. That's fine if you don't mind what colour they turn out.  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:19

Gorgeous steephill. 

You've made it too cosy for them though - you'll need to kick their butts  and get them to work on the slugs...

I posted this elsewhere already, but I suppose I should have put it here. My little visitor this morning 


Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:10

Many of those simply have flowers that are finished for this year as Dave says. The lilies for example, and foxgloves. Remove the spent heads if you don't want plants to go to seed, and to tidy the plants. Letting plants go to seed weakens them too, especially when they're young plants, as they put their energy into making seed instead of maturing. 

There aren't really any plants that flower continuously throughout the year,  apart from annuals - and that's not what you have.  There are exceptions like the phlox which flower for a long period in the right conditions, and it can be very useful as a foil for other things, but you need to pick a few more plants to give succession. Some small shrubs will help with that too, and give some structure when the perennials are dormant over winter. 

I've also just noticed that your soil doesn't seem to come anywhere near the top of the beds - there's a lot of timber showing. That doesn't help light get to plants. The soil level should be much higher, and it might be because the compost will have settled and compacted. It would have been batter to mix the soil and compost rather than layer it, and you then need to let it all settle before planting. Weather will play a part, and you usually need to top up raised beds a couple of times to allow for that settling.  

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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:01

Ooh matron..titter ye not... 


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:59

I agree with you Lou. I think they should require planning permission if they're within a certain distance from boundaries. After all - they don't sit on them, so they're very intrusive. 

I think if  anyone's capable of digging out the hole themselves, it shouldn't be too pricey. Don't know if the hole would need a sturdy lining though - concrete perhaps. Otherwise, it may subside. I expect you need a layer of something 'spongey' underneath too -sand/bark perhaps?

I used to have a friend who's house had a very steep garden which was terraced. They had a deck at the back and the trampoline was fixed into it. I expect tthere was just air under it!  No idea what it cost though.

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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:54

I won't have a huge amount of room there - but verticals are certainly something I'll need more of. I 'd certainly consider the more orange Agastaches. I'd get another Canna, as I love the foliage, but I have to avoid too many things that requires a lot of faffing - overwintering, nurturing too much etc. I'd quite like a couple of Dahlias but that's the issue with them too. Salvias can be iffy here with the climate so I never have them either, although I had them in a previous garden. They weren't great. 

I simply don't have the time now. Even once I've finished the rest of the construction of beds, I won't have time.  Most of my plants have to take care of themselves to a great extent. 

Help identify a shrub please

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:08

That's a Choisya, Tommy - Sundance probably  

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