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Container plant -acid and shady

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:01

Heucheras worth a try. Ajugas, small varigated leaved ivies- both will trail down the sides of the containers. Small skimmias eg Rubella would also cope. GCs sell small plants of those at this time of year.

You could also underplant with small bulbs if you wanted. J.

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 21:56

I have to admit to not knowing abouit the soaking pre planting too.   Have added to mine this autumn, but after all the rain we've had the soil was very wet, not damp! Makes sense as they do like water meadows- think of the ones in Oxford, wonderful sight.

Am lucky though, as have mine in an area of my part shade garden where there is some clay soil. I noticed last spring that they have spread to an adjacent border, which is dryer- definitely didnt plant any there.

Lily beetles are a pest, I just try & catch & stamp on as many as poss. Some years worse than others. J.

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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 21:42

Evening all.

In answer to various ?s- yes cyclamen, leaves look like aquilegias to me. I also like the little Italian detective, but have to tape it as nobody else here does.

T'was a bit nippy out the back this morning, about 3C! Am watching the temp dropping tonight too, down to 4C at the mo. Have sensor in lounge from one attached to side of shed.

OH & me went shopping- different supermarket, bliss. Very quiet, wide, well stocked isles & an easy carpark. Wouldnt even consider it during the week as en-route to central M/C & traffic is murder, but we needed to source tiles for the 'b' bathroom & showrooms that way. Complete change of ideas on that- looks as if OH spending his 'C' holiday doing tiling- not sure can cope, he took 6mths to fully tile the big bathroom in our previous house......... Wonder if suggestion of 'getting man in' would be safe?

I fancied a getting outside this afternoon, a walk would've been fine, but OH busy on his PC. So I went & trimmed the leyland hedge! Job wellish done & most of the mess in wheely bin. Treeman had done it last year so actually not as difficult for me this, except just not tall enough really, nor happy on top of stepladders with loppers.

No chance to watch SCD here. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 21:14

T'was rather nippy out there first thing this morning- only about 3C in the back garden! Had closed up all the coldframes, good job.

Shopping with OH this morning- joy- then as still a rather pleasant sunny, cold day decided to go outside after all. An hour later the leyland hedge, that protects the greenhouse from alleyway missiles, has had its' trim & all the debris in the garden waste wheely bin. J.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 at 18:43

Hi all, as planned I made it outside today. I needed to save my sanity! (what's left of it anyway)

The boiler/shower saga gets worse, in my book, as we're now getting a new bath as well........... DONT ask! (I had actually considered this) So tomorrow off to supermarket then a nearby retail park to get some imperial sized tiles, I think, but then could be the new metric size- as you can see have lost the plot somewhat. Redecorating etc etc to follow...... Murder may yet be committed!

Anyway at least all the bulbs, bar tulips & some crocus, have been planted out & covered if nec. Also found hanging in garage a bag of last yrs bulbs, from when I emptied the big pots this Spring. They have also been planted back out. Even managed to listen to GQT without being interupted.

We've had poached salmon for meal. Hairdresser coming for daughter & OH in a bit. Shall peruse posts when I can. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 18:32

Rather damp first thing, but a strong wind got up & it did brighten up. Several showers though so abandoned having the washing out.

Did manage to plant loads of bulbs in various borders & even some species crocus in my 'wild' bit of lawn. They are covered with pegged down mesh because of the squirrels!

Only the tulip pots to do next month now. J.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 20:29

Ooh fresh bread. OH makes a mean focatia, never lasts.

Have plodded through my my Tesco order & now the ironing awaits whilst watching the wartime farm.

It's supposed to be dry here tomorrow- well couldnt be any wetter- wonder how OH will react when I announce am off outside? He can deal with heating bloke- we're also having a posh shower done at the same time as new boiler. OH's idea, not mine, coz then the tiling will need redoing etc etc, but anything for a quiet (ha) life. J.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 16:07
Lottiebeans wrote (see)

Flo, competition is still open - you can always add some original answers to be in with a chance of a prize!

Pam, sorry can't remember what make of iron I have! Am sure Jo knows what hers is though!!!

No I couldnt, but it's a Philips, just checked! Bog standard steam iron for me. Daughter got this one for me from JLewis when I was not long out of hospital in January 08- funny how you remember these things & not others....... J.

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 15:57

I grow my HNigers in pots with no problems- usually. I do use a mix of JI3, plus my own compost/leafmould. This year one has been totally eaten by the slimey 'bs', which I've never known happen before.

Planning to investigate if anything left before I go & buy a replacement.... BTW have lots of other hellebores all fine in the garden, but Nigers, no, gave up with those in the ground several years ago. J.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 15:30

Hi all.

Had a retail therapy day, more for daughter than me. Local Ikea was unfortunately celebrating 25yrs in UK- Warrington was the first store over here. So T'was a bit of a mad house & plans for a snack meal there were quickly changed to a M&S buttie whilst sat in car!

Ended up at GC for coffee & cake & bought some much reduced price trays of violas & cyclamen. Lots of plants, just passed their best, but well worth it. Oh & some 'C' tree chocolate decorations too.....

Back later, J.

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