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Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:25

Well, its not the planting that takes the time, its preparing the soil.

I've dug out an old tree peony. Root breaker needed. Wheely bin full of roots. Fork it over. Add two wheelbarrows full of FYM. Add a sprinkling of FBB. Fork it again. Fight off the robins squabbling over the worms.  Plant aquilegias, snapdragons, and lily bulbs.  Put stuff away and wash up. 

Now I'm off to get my eyes tested.  Have a good afternoon.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:22

I didnt like loo rolls, they all went mouldy before planting out. I did some in each last year, the ones in rootrainers performed much better.

It's my birthday

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:19

Thanks from mum. Today she is 82, and in Tenerife with my sisters.  The 19th would have been her Diamond Wedding anniversary if dad had managed another three months. He didnt have much excuse for forgetting, with Valentine's day, birthday, and anniversary all in the same week.

GORGEOUS cakes. Its a good job they are calorie free. The no wheat diet is working pretty well.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:11

I have sown, winston Churchill, wiltshire ripple, and two packets of mixed spencer type. All last years bargain seed, cost me a total of 1.50 for the seed and 24 quid for the roottrainers. My old ones have hellebore seeds germinating in them. I did notice that in one of the pods still hanging from last year, a seed was starting to germinate. Now its warmer, I can start and tidy up the veg patch.  Out of sight, out ofmind..

Unique garden- help needed on a design

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:02

Someone else has done all the hard expensive landscaping.  It may be that the builder has dumped the clay subsoil on top of the decent stuff. If you can incorporate as much organic matter as you can in , and fork it through the soil, it would give you a good start. You can use compost, well rotted manure or fine shredded bark. Some garden centres sell bags of soil improver, which to my mind is expensive, but if that is all you can get, it will do.

 All the walls  could be cloaked with climbers such as honeysuckle, clematis, or jasmine.

The beds could have seasonal bedding in for a year or two, until you decide what perennials you want. That gives you more time for soil improvement.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:47

Have a good holiday Stacey. After the last year, you deserve it.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:46

Sunny but frosty here. When it's defrosted, I have 61 lily bulbs to plant. T&M sent 20Lilium longiflorum bulbs(scented) free to compensate for my disappointment over the bouquet(scented)lilies which turned out to be Joy series( unscented) lilies. I gave some of the joy series to mum, and I am going to plant the others in the veg patch for cutting. The rest are going in the ground, and in pots.

I planted a dozen polka raspberry canes at the weekend. Also I dug up last years cheapo gladioli corms that i had from lidl. I grew them between the rows of broad beans, and then cut them for the house. The corms are now the size of my palm.

That reminded me to get some broad bean seeds in. I have set 35 The Sutton in pots, I also have a packet of Aquadulce claudia. Should I set these now or is it too late and I would be better waiting until Autumn?

I will certainly grow gladioli between the broad bean rows again. 

It's beginning to feel like Spring.

Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:26

Bakkers in particular have misleading photos. Colours touched up to the level of lurid. Blue roses that turn out to be mauve. A shrub border shown all in flower, when in reality they flowered in different months....and dont forget the pink pampas that looked like it belonged in Barbies garden.


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 18:05

Runnybeak, I was just thinking that I was glad I didnt have to wash the kit.

We went out for a late lunch, then OH has had the rugby on since


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:06

Lochinch can be hard pruned down to a foot or so. It will grow six foot next summer.


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