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Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:46

Ever since I started diving, I stay in St Ives at Rivendell on Porthminster Terrace. I have seen their little girls grow up from bringing a basket of Easter eggs around the guests when they were toddlers, last year we had a short week because they were going wedding dress shopping for the youngest. On days when there was too much wind and chop for diving, I would visit gardens. It was used as a guest house in one of the Wycliffe dramas. The front room is still known as The murderers room. Apparently they get requests from new guests that want to stay in that particular room .

Planting schemes

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:12

My "wild flower and grass" bed I did a matrix, so the plan was that a flush of hesperis was followed by a flush of ox eye daisies, etc. I had about six different sorts and spread them all through. Only one lot collapsed on top of another, some seeded too much and became thugs and it all became a bit of a mess. A bit more order in the border I think. The Poet Oudolf borders at Trentham appear very naturalistic, but if you look in spring before they get too big, they are patches of 20or so of each plant, a foot or two apart, knitting together late in season to become a large clump.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:16

Hi Pat. Just the thought of snow is making me think that I haven't booked a holiday yet. If the pound is going to bomb, it may be Cornwall this year instead of somewhere exotic. If the weather is good, there is nowhere else I would rather be.

Planting schemes

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:12

In a formal big border, clusters of plants give more impact than dotting them about. Group the three or five together. If you are planting choice perennials, and can only afford one, use cheap annuals or biennial to fill the spaces until something like a phlox gets bigger and can be split into several to fill a space. Cosmos, dahlia seedlings, lilies,foxgloves, make good fillers. A dozen or so cosmos through a border will give a cohesiveness to it. If you have loads of money, buy three or five of each sort of perennials. in six inch pots, cluster together, and watch it go. Most of my long border, first year was cheap fillers, three years later, I don't know what to do with the cosmos, the border is full. 


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 07:52

No light gardening here. With all the rain, the elm in the hedge has gone bonkers,  elder is going berserk, and the lawn looks suitable for haymaking. Mowing and shredding and compost heap for me today.

Have a good day folks.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 22:12

I think I will go to bed with a book. Hubby is out playing badminton.

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 22:09

Maybe we should have three boxes.

One to remain, one to leave, and the third for confused and don't know.

Or the green option. Talk to your spouse. If he is voting in, and you are voting out, both stay at home and save the petrol.

Ugh? Are they trailing million bells?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 22:05

My mum grows them from plugs. She puts them into 7cm pots, and they tend to lie flat, sending out shoots and flowering while quite small plants. I don't think they are million bells.

Ugh? Are they trailing million bells?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:46

Million bells (calibrachoa) have small leaves and start to flower when quite young.  Are the leaves and stems hairy? What size is the plant?


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:40

My silver  leaf ones are expanding in dry shade. The golden one disappeared over winter.

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