Keen 1

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Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:26

Hallo jean - all. Yes looking after the birds well - plenty of food and nice clean water. Just for interest and ref Feverfew I have  a repro of Gerards Herbal ( 16th cent and written in old English ( Elizabethan). Heres how he describes it   :-    "Of Fetherfew". Feverfew bringeth forth many little round stalkes, divided into certaine branches. The leaves are tender, diversly torne and jagged, and nicked on the edges like the first and nethermost leaves of Coriander but greater. The floures  stand on the tops of the branches, with a small pale of white leaves, set  round about a yellow ball or button, like the wild field Daisie. The root is hard and rough, the whole plant is of a light whitish greene colour, of a strong smell, and bitter taste.              Note please I have just copied this - not from memory.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 10:56

Hallo Jean. Yes looking after they birds really well - plenty of food variety and nice clean water. Apart from the fact most of us keen gardeners love them are you that bit extra and a regular watcher - perhaps even photographer. Mentioned  earlier heard/saw first Cuckoo this morning - flew over quite low calling and would have made a great pic - had water can in hand not camera so lost out.. ( mentioned just as a matter of interest.).


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 08:31

Hi Salino . Ref the hard landscaping heres a pic showing driveway and containerised plants plus the 2 clipped yellow conifers I mentioned. Also one of that new still not quite completed but planted (recently) with a variety of Alpines including Silene, Saxifrage ( mostly) etc. In this pic can be seen my Runner bean plants growing up the strings - the idea is  for the bean crop, screen that end of the sitting out area a little and to provide shade for that r



aised bed in hottest part of day. Seems to be successful so will make it a regular feature.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 08:09

Hi again. Seems abouit right - Glowworms they are - apparently what we are seeing is wingless females shing their lights to attract a boy friend. The males have no "glow" ( but probably very good vision ahem).


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 08:03

Hi. A bit early this but lest I forget. Ten minutes ago, clear blue sky and a Cuckoo ( first for me this year) flew right overhead quite low calling as it flew - unfortunately did not have a camera in my hand but a water can - a missed chance there for sure. Secondly was surprised and delighted to see we have Glow Worms ( or something very similar in our front garden - just 2 or 3 can clearly be see in the shingle over the area. I went with a torch to see what they were but having never seen one of these things can only say it looked like a rather larger and stouter Woodlice. Will look it up on Wikipedia.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 02:46

Hi Salino - Verdun. Forgot to mention ref the Fennel. Important to remove the dead flower heads before the plant gets the chance to set and scatter seeds - they get everywhere. I forgot last year and have masses of them all over the place. No problem pulling them out since its only a thing tap root but must remember this year -  potential Fennel growers (if any) pse note this. Ref the Slugs and Snails thing I grew Veratrums in my first plot and seem to remember they were also a number one target for them.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 02:29

Hi Salino - Verdun. Gosh I am having a bad night hence this early morning stuff - just cannot settle - mind full of thoughts of all kinds. Ref my posts I was getting the feeling that perhaps they were a bit too long and  I am overdoing it - however, with your reassurances I shall  press on. My little attempt at a joke ref the tennis fell flat on its face so I shall concentrate on  rattling whats left of my grey matter and concentrate on gardens/plants. Salino ref the pic of the Bee it is enjoying itself on a plant of Astrantia -  the fine threads/strands across the pic is Fennel. I love this plant for its fine foliage and also its another to crush and smell - growing in "the hot corner" nearby is a Curry plant and this also only needs to be brushed against to get  a good whiff. Speaking of Bees it seems to be a good year for them hereabouts, Bumbles (all sizes) anyway though theres few Honeys. Thinking along the same lines brings me to Butterflys and their "special" plants, the Sedum spectabiles and the Buddleias which are coming along nicely. Never grew Pennisetums and not really familiar but they sound nice. That little Phlox "chatahoochee" I did actually grow along with others similar in a previous garden -  still have a similar Phlox now  growing in the raised bed I made up for small Alpines. That full name really is a whopper but my favourites I have are Scopolia carniolica hladnikiana and Ophiopogon Planiscapus nigrescens. I am thinking of adding to recent comment re plants lost and noting some that I had to leave behind in the two moves I have made over the 58 yrs - they will be known to you and others but anything to stimulate conversation.   Verdun. Ref your love ( and knowledge) of grasses I note the Helictotrichon and the Festucas you mention and have grown these but the first always ( in my plot) seemed to be untidy and never came up to the blue that it was said to have - no doubt at all it was my fault ( as it usually is ours if something goes wrong with plants) - the Festucas always seemed to be full of Ants nests so I gave up on them - I did mention I have had dry and even drier now areas all the way along my gardening days. Ref the Carex pendula ( if I have it right) it is a big coarse thing but ideally suited, along with the large clumps of Rhubarb ( love that beefy foliage and red stems)  for growing on that "woodsy" strip of land next the woods I use - it is now mainly these sort of things plus  a mix of shrubs including three Rhodos which I moved from that shambles of a front garden before shingling  and some trees , fruit and ornamental.  Have to say though that it looks pretty good and natural and I give the grass just a rough mow now and then. The shrubs I mention here are just the average "toughies" but there is a couple of my favourite Hypericum Hidcotes - they just never seem to stop flowering all summer.


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 17:07

Oh well. Looks like Tennis has taken over. Get back to me later if you wish.


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:40

Hi Verdun. Something I forgot to say ref these being the longest posts ever - I am wondering if I am going to be told of by the mod/admin. Hope not cos I do like a natter to like minded folk and love to sing the whole song ..


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:36

Hi. Verdun. When I had grass I always enjoyed it - at the first two properties where although dry still it was at least sound. This here is really awful but it is green and the missus insists on keeping it so fair enough - I do my best with it. I never found mowing a chore, just taking the mower for a walk as I said before - that smell and some nice stripes was a bonus as you say.

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