Lavender Lady

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Advent prizes

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 10:20

Well Lyn I have been doing the advent calender every day and have not won anything yet.  Shame cos they have had some good prizes.  I too did wonder if you did not sign up for the emails whether that meant you did not stand a chance but i just could not put up with the hassle of all those emails they bombard you with. 

Oh well keep trying you never know

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 13:36

The birds are back now,  lots of starlings, blue tits, blackbirds, robin, sparrows.  All feeding today, put food out early this morning and it had all gone by lunchtime.  I was getting quite worried and did not know why they were boycotting me.  Had to throw the peanuts away though cos had gone mouldy. 

I have a couple of apples that are past their best and thought about putting them out, do I cut them up or just put it on the birdtable whole.

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 08:58

Hi Bazza and everyone else for your comments.

Bazza you are certainly on form today, pleased to hear they have not deserted you though.

It is interesting to read the comments, some people seem to have lots of birds and others not so many as last year. 

The peanuts and seed has been out for nearly 3 weeks now, should I throw it away do you think, wondering if it will get mould etc and don't want to poison them when do eventually decide to visit me.    WIll get some niger and sunflower seeds (maybe a few fat balls) to try and tempt them back.   

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 12:32

I normally get birds in my garden but this autumn and winter I have had hardly any, just a few blackbirds and pigeons.  I have bird feeders out dotted around the garden but no visitors. 

Where are they all ?

Will the food be ok to leave out (it is just seed and peanuts in feeders).  Been reading about the birds cake recipe on the other forum so may give that a try to try and tempt them.

If anyone can help I would be grateful cos worried.  Why are they boycotting me.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 09:51

Kel  you may be better to put start a new post on the forum about this cos not everyone will be looking at this one.  You will get lots of advice then

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 14:08

Here are a couple of pics I took today.  They show the basic structure of the garden now a lot of the leaves have fallen and things have died back.  Rose Lady you can see the trellis at the top of the fence and wall and how when it is covered in the summer months how much privacy it gives.


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 20:04

That did make me laugh Tootles.  I would be no good on TV, I am quite shy and I hate to have my photo taken.  Maybe we could get a Mr Lavender Lady DIY show instead. 

Thanks for your kind comments about the garden.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 14:23

Hi Rose Lady

My climbing roses are Madame  Alfred Carriere - which is a beatiful cream/white rose which is growing on my brick wall to the side of the garden. It has a wonderful scent gets quite tall.  I let it grow right above the trellis and it has strong stems which then grow to about another meter or so which gives excellent privacy.  I cut it back early Jan/Feb to the top of my wall so that it can grow to the same height again.  On my rose arch I have Paul Transon which is a pink rose (not very much scent) and  this is a continuous flower, goes on and on most of the summer, (I do deadhead regularly).  Rosa Noisette Carnee (blush Noisette) is on one side of the large pergola.  This is over the area where we have our table and chairs and it has a beautiful musk scent which is lovely in the evenings.  It is pretty small pink clusters of flowers and one of my favourites.  James Galway is another pink very scented rose which is at the top of the garden in another area where we sit, although it only flowers twice a year.  Veilchenblau is a purple rose on the small pergola and is a beautiful purple rose and has a lovely orange/vanilla scent.  Swan Lake is a large shrub rose which I grow as a climber and grow up the side of the garage.  I also have a rose from Peter Beales which I think is called Festival - it is also a large shrub rose which I grow up an obelisk and this is also a deep pink and has lovely scent.  You will find that a lot of the large shrub roses can be grown as small climbers and are ideal for a small garden. If you go onto Peter Beales, David Austin websites and request a copy of their catalogues you can get a good look at the roses (something to do over the winter, curled up on the sofa).  I am already looking to what I can buy for next year, don't know where to put them but I will find room.  Mustead Wood is one that I will definately be buying.  It is a lovely deep red/purple and has lovely scent.  I rarely buy a rose without scent.  We use our garden a lot in the evenings and it is full of scent.   I have lots of perennials Rose Lady as I am always growing and buying plants.  Lots of lavender, foxgloves, hardy geraniums, astrantia, veronicas (deep mauve and blues)echinops, euphorbia, hellebores, aster,  lily of the valley. I could go on and on Rose Lady.  They are all underplanted with bulbs, alliums are a real favourite of mine,  Lady's mantle is another favourite it does self seed but it looks good with roses and pinks. 

With regard to adding extra height to your fence we put trellis on the fence and then we added approx another 18 inches of trellis to the height of the fence.  I have then grown pyracantha, climbing hydrangea, ivy, euonymus, roses, ceanosis.  These provide the backbone of the climbers and most are everygreen. I have then grown more roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis through these climbers and they give you the colour and scent in the summer.  You will find that the plants grow to the top of the trellis and then keep supporting themselves another foot or so, especially the ivy and pyracantha and ceanosis.

I hope this has given you a few ideas Rose,  It does take a good few years to get going, my garden is 12 years old now and I just keep adding more and more to it. 

I will take a few pics of the garden now it is dying back so you can see the fence etc.  It is raining here today but if a bit brighter tomorrow I will do it then. 

Good luck with your planning, that is the exciting part I think.  You could post a few pics so that I could have a look, I am always willing to give you any help, 

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 10:59

Sorry Red Robin I don't know about Brown Gold, have never heard of it.  I think you may need to put a post on the main forum and someone will defo have an anwer for you.  I must say I always just use a general mutli purpose compost for all my cuttings etc and so far have been lucky.  I have never taken cuttings from Red Robin though.  Not sure this is the right time to do it.  I have just taken seeds from my agapanthus and have planted into modules and put into unheated greenhouse, never tried to grow these from seed before always split them so finger crossed.  Carol Klein has a brilliant book called 'Grow your own Garden' which explains all propagation in simple terms which I have found really helpful. 

Good luck x

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 20:27

Hi budlia63, my wisteria took three years to flower so hopefully you will get some flowers in a couple of years.  They do like a good hot sunny spot - they like their stems to bake in the sun.  Also keep well watered.  Love your pics. 

I don't know the name of the iris but I am sure someone on here will help you.

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