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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:58


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:52

 Overwintered cerinthe seedlings are just  starting to flower.

 Newly planted bulb area, alliums are yet to flower, and the tree lilies are coming up at the back but hidden by forgetmenots.

 No idea what sort of hardy geranium this is, it came from a packet of mixed seeds.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:47

 The pear blossom is looking good. There should be plenty this year if we don't get a sharp frost.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:42

 The long border is coming on. I really must get the edging done. There are lots of perennials coming up between the forgetmenots, and the aquilegias are just starting to open.

What goes into a new border?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:38

Whatever fibrous stuff you can obtain in bulk cheaply. At the moment for me this is well rotted FYM. I also have a cubic metre of home made compost to top dress with. Even coir is ok if you can get a bulk load. If using coir there is no nutrient so then mix in fish blood and bone. Think of it as making a fruit cake, you want a nice even mix of all the ingredients. Only use FYM at this time of year if it is well rotted. It should have no farmyardy smell at all.


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:29

The rain has just stopped here, and now its brightening up. Thats going to save me from a lot of outside watering.

The rain has finished off a lot of tulips, but some doubles are just starting.


Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:16

I spent one summer squishing red beetles when I saw them,and wiping off the grubs and their black mess. I always managed to miss one, who would strip a plant while I was at work. Last year the lilies got one spray, early on, and  they were clear for the season, and my garden was full of bees. I also have lots of bees and butterflies this year. I wouldn't spray at all if  the lilies  were near to forming flower buds.


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:56

Good morning everyone. It's very dull here. I have to pigeon proof the broad beans,as three have been stripped. Other than that, it's more pricking out to do.I can't find the gardens we have visited thread,so I might put the hidcote pictures on a separate thread.

Have a good day everyone


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:28

I made him put all the dustbins out instead.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:26

I would get them in the greenhouse, orchid lady. they will need plenty of ventilation during the day.

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