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Too late to plant Tulip/Daff bulbs?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 15:38

Tulips in particular will be fine. Daffs may not do so well, but should bulk up nicely for the following spring, ie 014.

I noticed a lot of half price bulbs at a GC this last week- am still thinking..... J.


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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:42

Glad to be of service to those of us who are getting (got in my case) memory challenged! J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:39

I've still to sort through all the neatly filed garden mags, bigsigh. My work related mags nearly all gone into the recycling bin. I cancelled a subscription to a weekly one last yr. I found still plastic covered copies on the shelf when doing that sort out.

OH is terrible, must be genetic as, SIL is still a horder & MIL was. He's got a large numbers of similarly still plastic covered mags both in workshop/study & on shelf on half-landing. Wonder if he'll miss any?

Oh heck, OH has just presented me with a mixer blade covered with chocolate icing....... J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 12:55

House situation 'on hold' till further report been received, nights all done, exam all done......

Seriously once she vacates her room- biggest- with a dry, ie not on outside wall, huge, built-in wardrobe- I shall have space to do the sorting of my/Dad's/Mum's stuff. I cant even get at the part of that wardrobe which I know has our stuff in it- all rubbish by now so that can all go!

When I cleared parents' house, lots of things came back here. Time moves on & am quite ready to get rid of loads.

We know that in the not too distant future we shall move, so any sorting now will help. The loft got done a couple of yrs back so actually not so bad. Lots of things up there are daughter's anyway! J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 12:18

Alfie is Lottie & co's dog.

Lots of activcity on bird feeders today, so have been identifying new/irregular visitors. Still no sign of any goldfinches though....

It actually appears to be getting a wee bit brighter out there, walk in a bit perhaps?

Geoff- I know about stuff! Have couple of large boxes for the charity- need to phone them this week for a collection. Spare room still to be done, but when daughter goes- wow, shall have space! But also the gardening will have started....... cant go up now as she's asleep. Only a few more nightshifts to go, ever! J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:28

Morning all. Bad nights' sleep for me, so probably will need to crash later on.

Hi to KG, do spot you e/w!

Very misty here, even foggy at one point. Seems to be a bit better now. All plans of a visit to Dunham abandoned. We've done it before in the fog & even getting there wouldnt be much fun with the loonies on M/W. May walk up to local park later, just to get outside.

Have just read a Good Housekeeeping where they say anything that you've not used in 2yrs should be chucked out. Hmm, try telling OH that. Oh & I suppose me too... I do tend to adopt that to clothes though. J.

Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 20:11

It sounds as if your soil has some clay in/under it with it staying wet & then drying out hard. If Rhodos cope then it's on the acidic side.

If that side is completely in shade all day, then colour will be in short supply. However most 'shade' areas do get some sort of light sometimes, unless North facing & surrounded by high walls/fences. A lot of shade tolerant plants are spring flowering, but not all. Think about what grows under trees in a dense wood.

You could try painting the fence a pale colour to lighten up the background behind your plants.

Further away from the fence there will be more light, so by widening the border you could have more plants there that will cope better.

Shrubs- Azaleas, rhododendrons, ribes, pieris, sarcococcca, skimmias, some viburnums- deciduous/evergreen, chanomeles, cornus- they will love the moisture, hydrangeas, including the climbing one which could eventually cover the fence, ivies too- lots of small leaved varigated types, euonymous- the varigated emerald & gold will climb, no flowers though, fuschias- lots of hardy ones, usually the less showy flower types.

Plants- heucheras, bergenias, small spring flowering bulbs- before any overhead tree canopy closes in, vincas- minor less invasive, solomons' seals, hardy geraniums, some campanulas, foxgloves, hellebores, japanese anemones, winter flowering jasmine- yellow flowers, some honeysuckles,campanulas, lysimachia, aquilegias, forget-me-nots, cyclamen, dicentras,

I could carry on walking around my garden, but think you've now got the idea. Shade gardens are challenging, but can be just as good, but in a different way to those in full sun. BTW there are lots of shades of green too! J.




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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:35

Geoffrey!! Gardening talk!

Am off to reload the dishwasher. J.

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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 18:32

Yes mine are those deep rubber ones. Well 1 is a small one... 

I'm off for a bit before this gets too difficult. J.

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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:56

I use purple trugs! 4 at the last count

Wheelbarrow is knackered- lost the valve out of the pneumatic tyre so it stands upside down with a large box across the metal work & acts as a shelf in the shed!

Daughter has 2 large blue brand new trugs, in my shed, waiting for her shed! Oh & the old blue WUbowls are used for potting compost, the old red WUbowls for weeds, rubbish for bins etc. Also have a large bright yellow WUbowl from Dad's that gets used for all sorts! Gosh writing that down makes me realise just how much stuff must have..... How much can I donate to daughter......? J.

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