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Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:30

Good luck with the Meconopsis GG. It's one of those plants that just doesnt like me/my garden. Tried 3x, no joy, so wont do again, costs too much!

My pain isnt chronic yet, I hope. Some caused by pulled back muscle, initially done when a student, which must be pressing on the sciatic nerve. Knee by climbing an Austrian mountain- I did it though!! on the first day of a holiday when wasnt totally fit. Rest is a side-effect of current medication, which I cant change.........oh & arm problem a side-effect of surgery couple of yrs back which will apparently re-occurr from now on! Drat! I will keep on gardening, thus setting things off again, so I winge, take painkillers & try & carry on as normal. J.

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:19

They prefer moister soil, but cope well if dryer too, providing they're not in full sun.

Watch out for Lily beetle attack too, sorry. J.

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:16

How could I forget Hellebores- some bigger than others, in flower now.

Also Euphorbia amygdaoides-Robbiae, yes can be invasive, but copes very well in dry shade & easily pulled up when nec.

Hardy fuschias too will cope, some obviously taller than others. J.

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Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:34
Pennine Petal wrote (see)
Try not trip over any plant pots Jo!

I survived!

Nice lunch & had a £5 off any full price plant voucher too, so another Heuchera has come home with me! 

Off to wash the car now. I usually wait until it's rained/raining, but I need to sort it so metered water it will be. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:27
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Stockton Dull and cold.

My last report for a while as laptop on the blink, posting hit and miss.
New part ordered although looking at new ones, it is a minefield, too much choice.

May be gone a while Frank.

Good luck Frank.

WManchester is bright with some sun & windy. Still that cold East wind, so at least the washing will dry. J.

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:23

Where to start?

Spring bulbs - anaemones, chinodoxa, species crocus, smaller daffs, bluebells, muscari, erythroniums, frittillary- if moist enough.

Plants - heucheras, japanese anemones, hardy geraniums- lots to chose from, Vinca minor, Solomons seal, epimediums- if dry shade, ajugas for ground cover, yes various ivies, lamiums.

Grasses - I've got an evergreen yellow grass, a carex I think, growing really well in a dry shade similar situation.

It does depend on why it's shade/what's causing it. Under deciduous trees lots of the spring bulbs pop up, flower then die back as the tree canopy above closes up. The soil beneath trees is invariably dry too, because of the tree's roots, so you need to plant in 'pockets' to get things established.

Fences/house walls however are permanent so the shade is almost 'deeper'. Usually just as dry, because of the rain shadow.

Hope some of these suggestions help. J.

Bee spotting

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:52

Despite the cold East wind today, I saw my first red tailed bumble bee of this yr today.

I've got Hellebores, crocus, chaenomeles, some narcissus all in flower, so not too bad. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:46

Not too bad outside today, as long as you kept moving or out of that East wind!

Aches & pains permitting, I managed to carry all the Hosta pots down to their Summer/Autumn position on the bottom patio. They werent too heavy because of the lack of rain.

The sun tried, but it clouded over by mid afternoon. J.

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Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:38

Glyn, I may have to if the sciatica doesnt settle.

Today I got lots done, including carrying my Hosta pots from by the house wall down to the bottom patio where they spend the summer/Autumn. I decided to try whist the pots were at their lightest as we've had no rain for ages.

I managed, but probably not the most sensible idea with a poorly R arm, a knee objecting & the odd back twinge! Anyway, afterwards I sat sheltered from the wind having had more painkillers! The nurse I spoke to last week has also phoned to check up on me!

Tomorrow am off to the hairdressers- the first cut in over 12 months- then lunch at GC with friend. So no real chance of more injury there??? J.

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:26
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I'd love to go to those water meadows jo. We're really too dry here, except last year.

It's really worth it if you can.

Daughter's garden is damp as over clay, so she's planning her own frittilary meadow of her own.   I'll try starting off some of my seeds for her, assuming the LB doesnt get the lot, & if no joy she can plant bulbs this Autumn. J.

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