Keen 1

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Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:27

Hi Salino. Thanks lass for your kind comments - Ref that front garden it was all a matter of making the best of believe me a very bad job - that front was a complete and utter mess with the Moles activities and I did what I could with it all - glad you like and thank you. Please do note my earlier comments to you in that I am always happy to chat to you and exchange thoughts - any time..


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:22

Hi Verdun.  You know your grasses very well, I am going to read, digest and possibly obtain some of your choices here. I have one proviso about any variegated plants in that they can possibly look unwell and even diseased - that white Liriope appeals not  at all since to me it would fall within that caegory - to each their own as always in all things - one persons meat etc etc. Possibly the worst example to me are these "mottled" Willows with their green/white/pink foliage. Really good to hear from you and read your comments and thank you - keep them coming for me please.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 14:17

Hi B-L. Sorry I am a bit behind in replying to your last post. Firstly ref the book I can appreciate you are very busy indeed but the time will come when you have got it to your way of thinking and with all that interest and the experiences behind then get that pen out.- I have read some really super book written by folk who did just the same as what you have - best wishes whatever. Ref the Hosta slugs and snails are their enemy number one and it is always so sad to see a hitherto superb clump overnight be chewed by them. I was talking to Salino and we spoke of there being far fewer Thrushes about now, a couple of regular visitors of their ilk soon made its mark. Sharp gravel under them and keep their hideyholes to a minimum where poss. A daily look under the leaves often pays dividends. There is another   way -  I like to grow them and that is in containers where you can really keep an eye on them but this often is just not practical.   Hunt them mercilessly is the answer I think.  May I say again your garden looks superb and all credit to you makers of it. Regards.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 14:01

Hi Salino. I would be most surprised if I found a gardener who did not  like birds but I have known many b/watchers who do not garden.  Its a funny thing that here we live right next to a wood and in an area of many many beautiful trees both broad leaved and coniferous - my pet is a 50 ft Larch just over the fence - in spite of this theres far fewer birds (numbers and varieties) than there was in our last garden in a village  near Colchester. I figure it is the tall and mature trees responsible because averagely small birds do not nest/live in big trees - where theres hedgerows here theres a better selection can be heard at least. Ref the front garden well now't I can do about that but I do keep it looking nice naturally. The little Boxes I will clip to a ball when theres enough growth.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:27

Hi. A couple of pics of the front sheeted and shingled garden - this to keep the Moles at bay which happy to say it does. Its a good thing really apart from that since this area is so very dry and its as much as i can do to keep that area at the back happy i n the dry spells. Looks OK and have a few shrubs in containers and  also behind me in the pic I have a nice Viburnub, a var Eleagnus,  yellow Choisya, couple of Laurels, more Bamboos, a Rhodo and a couple of small Azaleas under.




Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:10

Hi Verdun.  Thanks for that. Some conifers do a lot for a garden - I will remember that one you mention and consider instead of Rheingold. Note you mention Hellebores another favourite of mine but only grow three. In spite of trying it umpteen times Niger  I have never succeeded with and yet folk tell me it is easy renough. I have corsicus,  foetidus and orientalis. I know you love grasses and I have some, Hakenochloa, Molinia, Carex (2 var), Millium (Bowles), Holcus, Phalaris ( in spite of its rampings love this for those leaves all different), Briza, Ophiopogon green and black, Liriope though not strictly a grass I treat it as such - have had others in the past but plot too small now so a try a few of everything. If I may say you are obviously very knowledgeable about plants and this I think is right, if you love things you must know all about them - what think you. Regards.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:02

Hi. Apologies- no idea what went wrong there - if enlarged they are massive. Think I will have to give this pics thing up - more nuisance than I am worth.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:59

Hi. A couple more Hostas and part of the back plot looking to thr woods.




Hello everyone!

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:36

Hi. Not up on climbers but wanted to say welcome.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:26

Hi all. Better soon "get my coat" ( another Fast Show fan me). May I mention birds in the garden. We all love them ( except perhaps Woodie on occasions when he has "pecked your Peas" ( if you have ever had your "peas pecked" by him you will know what I mean). Seriously they are part of the garden scene and it would not be the same without seeing them about. I am a great bird lover and like most of us encourage them into the garden as much as poss. Delighted to say that we have Wrens nesting in the garden and very close to the bungalow. Theres just the bog standard conservatory on the side here and next to i tis a narrow path with the garage right next to it - about a 3 feet space and that far away from indoors.  Its on that garage wall that the Roses and Clematis grow on trellis. and in the middle of one of these "clumps"  they have their nest. They started building it some weeks ago - lefi it for while and then joy of joys they came back and looks like they mean business this time. All sorts of comings and goings now  and I have closed off the path and put a notice to stay out and for why. Doing everything poss not to disturb them because so much would like to see again a family of young Wrens. At last address had a nest of them  in a conifer just 6 feet from the back of the bungalow and though did not see them "decamp" they did stay around the garden for a couple of hours until their parents presumably took them off to the the woods. I will try to describe what happened in those couple of hours  - There was  about 8 or 9 ot these just fledged young, nothing more really than fluffy fluttering golf balls (I like that) and they were everywhere, on the garage, on the shed, the trees and even on the deck  -  just everywhere  and with the parents seemingly  trying to keep it all under control, at the same time was this clamouring for food and all trying to get in first to mum and dad.  Best part part of all though was to watch them "scale" a fence, these were 4 feet high. Off the ground they just seemed to hurl themselves at it at it and clung on halfway up, somehow from there they propelled themselves to the top - goodness knows how they did it. A sight to see and I hope to see it again here with these - will take pics if poss and share with you a..

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