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August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 20:08

 Great pictures,

@gardenfanatic- thanks for the info re the  white budliea bush. I have a spot in the "woodland garden" that I'm developing. From what I've read these plants are pretty undemanding. I would describe the area as partial shade/shade, with heavy soil. Do you think they would cope with that? Or do you think that they would need more drainage and more sun?

I'm in my first year of Rudbekias, but now the first flowers are up I love them, I think mine are the perennial type....... I hope as I lot of what I've grown this year are perennial. Although flowers up to Nov if the conditions are right sounds very good to me. Agree they have taken a while to get to get going this year.


I've seen a few peakcocks over the last few days when the sun was out,  .They seem to  love my big yellow bush (false sunflowers/butterfly bush as they are called in my house) but I suspect they are Buphthalmum..........maybe.

@Robot- I take it you on a water meter? I had one in a property that I lived in a few years ago ( I didn't have a garden then) I find them very expensive

Penninepetal- that low growing Sedum looks very nice, especially as loads of insects are attracted to it.

Great pics Gary-  I love the insects that visit our gardens. Lilies are looking great, mine have only just decided to flower after months of anticipation.

lovetogarden- looks lovely, the recent spell of warm weather has given everything a much need boost. Honeysuckle & Clemantis look stunning.

I love the Gazebo area

Always surprised about how many plants you can get from a few seeds-

 Didn't even realise that I had so many small pots I still need to learn the art of sowing thinly...............or maybe I just need a polytunnel?


Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:21

Thanks Gracie, the cocoon thing is still there.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:18

That would have been the deluge that was here Frank.

I agree lucky escape J, don't fancy loads of shattered glass falling down on top of anyone

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:19

Happy Birthday Geoff ( although for me you will always be known as "the dog")

Have a great day. Always strong debate when it comes to GW & presenters.

The Flowerpot Gang-BBC1

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 22:28

I've had a quick look at the link for this's not for me.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 22:14

Unexpected sunny warm day. Did loads of gardening

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 21:58

Hello everyone,

Don't know who Bob Flowerdew is or what he is trying to say? Is he putting the arguement forward that those who have big lawns and use a ride on mower / or use mowers are some how "gas guzzlers" and therefore destroying the planet?

Interesting reading though........

For me it all depends on the size of the garden you have, nothing can be better than green rolling lawns with deep tall packed borders of flowers alive with insects.

I've got rid of most of my lawn,if you could call it that. I now have loads of deep, wide beds to plant into. I'm now using my garden in a way that I never could have last year. 

I've still kept some green though but it takes no time at all to strim.





Old vids

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 21:14

Hello Harald,

I'm sure there's a lot of  this around - check out any local charity shops  and carboot sales- although I don't remember him, I do know about him. I come across a lot of his books in charity shops. Videos are very cheap in charity shops & bootsales right now, as the world is now at DVD, MP3 and beyond.

A quick look on ebay might be worthwhile for the videos.

I'm sure you'll find some interesting stuff on youtube.


August in your garden...

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 20:38

Lovely pictures, I love to see other peoples gardens.  I'm always peeking a look over hedges & fences to see what is going on , even when driving.

Hi Rob, I know exactly what you mean about the warm weather giving everything a boost, it's what they have been waiting for..........please lets have a little more?  The left hand bed at the side of the trellis looks really bushy & healthy.

I know Nigella as Love in the mist. I have some in my garden for the first time this year. Not really sure how I managed this as I thought they were going to be. Larkspur...........I do remember collecting seeds from a garden last year though.

gardenfanatic- your Rudbeckias look amazing, what a great show. I've grown these from seed for the first time and they have just started to flower. I am right in thinking that they are perennials?

Also really like the white Budelia, haven't really give this much of thought as my memories of Budelia are very tall, langly, blocking out the light Budelia. It looks like it doesn't  have to take up much room. Have you had a lot of insects visit it?

I'm with you on the not so slow changing  of seasons, I'm always optimistic for an Indian Summer.

Inkadog- love the door and the steps. look great.

Thanks Pam for your kind words, I am so pleased with my snapdragons and also my stock, both grown from seed. The smell of the stock if the air is right is amazing, fills the air

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 12:52

Jean- PInk Floyd are one of my favourites, "Wish you were here"  what a great track. The Wall is another classic too (sounds better with the volume up though)

Lucky you to have seen them live.

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