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- Gardening in suburban South East London.
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Yesterday at 23:24
Hosta and Fairy, you're a bad influence! I've signed up to Netflix (which I was *definitely* not going to do) and have now watched the first 3 episodes of LofD series 1. Quite a few to go before I catch up.
2 days ago at 20:54
Thanks Joyce - I had a look at Aztec Pearl (online) and wondered if that might be better behaved than whatever it is that I've inherited! Don't think it's a sunny enough spot for ceanothus.
These are all good suggestions, thank you - my mind had gone completely blank but now I'm getting more of an idea what might work.
2 days ago at 18:40
Thanks both - I do like euphorbia so will investigate further. I'm afraid I'm not keen on euonymous and I have a choisya which gets enormous whatever I do to it. I'm not sure I want anything quite as shrubby. That said, you've made me think of pittosporum - are they greedy plants?
2 days ago at 18:16
Gosh Hosta, if you laid them end to end that is pretty much my whole garden! Pop a narrow bed all along either side and that's it. I thought it was quite big .
Someone suggest a plant for me on my begging thread, please . My mind has gone blank.
2 days ago at 18:04
Just realised that I neglected to say 'Welcome' to Kay8 - how rude of me. So hello Kay8 and welcome! I too am 27, like everyone else on here (just add 21 and you'll be closer) but unlike many others I did not grow up gardening, really, in fact I couldn't have been less interested until I was in my mid 20s and then - boom - I got the bug. Sounds like you've got some exciting times ahead with all your garden plans.
Hosta that polytunnel looks amazing! Lovely baby hostas. What size is the tunnel? It looks about the size of my whole garden.
It's quite a nice day here - much milder than of late, and sunny. My seeds have all started germinating like mad - very exciting.
2 days ago at 17:53
OK you knowledgeable people - can you suggest something for me?
I need a plant to hide a short post and some fixings. Something that behaves like erysimum Bowles mauve would be excellent: perennial, about 18 inches to 2 foot high, evergreen-ish or at least not herbaceous, preferably flowering. Nothing too greedy either. The reason I want something else is because I don't really want that colour in that spot (white / cream or pale blue, or mainly green of any shade would be good), and also because I already have a couple of them elsewhere.
Any ideas? Thank you in advance!
3 days ago at 23:44
Have a good journey, BL.
Sorry to hear about the sickly visit LilyP, but glad you had some time together anyway.
Hosta, your 'episodes sound very scary. I hope a cause can be found soon.
Great news, DD - so pleased that you have someone in your corner.
Busy day for me too. Went to my childhood home to dig up some plants (I've been doing this for a couple of years due to its 'imminent' sale... but now we've actually got an offer going through). Totally the wrong time to be doing this, but have brought home a big peony and a gooseberry bush, plus lily of the valley, geranium phaeum and cuttings from a climbing rose, willow and cotinus (no idea if the latter will take from cuttings?). Had appointments all afternoon and evening so had to get the peony and gooseberry bush in the ground very qickly. I do hope the peony survives - it's at least as old as me and is lovely. I don't mind if it sulks for a year or two, as long as it lives.
3 days ago at 23:38
Oh dear! Not a ringing endorsement. Would you recommend any other variety?
3 days ago at 19:23
I need to buy a rhubarb crown before they stop being available! Have just spotted this variety, which is available all year and apparently crops twice - is it too good to be true? Anyone tried it? How's the flavour? I only have room for one plant, I think, so it needs to be a good one (love rhubarb).
Here are the details: http://www.pomonafruits.co.uk/rhubarb-crowns/rhubarb-livingstone-9cm-pot
3 days ago at 11:10
No time to post much now, but must comment on the most pressing issue of the day: mayonnaise, of course (in a sausage sandwich)!
Frost this morning - wasn't really expecting that. Sunny now.
Have a good day all.
26 Apr 2017 23:43
I'm planning on rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries and strawberries, plus salads, broccoli and leeks. But also runner and French beans, peas and tomatoes (the latter in pots in the sunniest bit of the garden). I grew French beans last year quite close to where the new beds are, in a slightly shadier spot, and still got a decent crop.
26 Apr 2017 23:02
I knew I'd seen a list somewhere!
I'd noticed it because our new veg plot is similar - I decided on its location when we moved in 10 years ago and it was in full sun, but now we've finally got round to it, next door's oak has got enormous.
25 Apr 2017 11:12
Woah Hosta! Snow? In Devon? In April? Surely some mistake.
25 Apr 2017 09:42
Just realised that it was a month ago when I went out in the evening wearing a linen tunic and sandals and didn't even take a coat, just a shawl! British weather eh.
25 Apr 2017 09:33
Wonky, hope the day goes well - let us know what you got up to.
Glorious winter's day here - bright sunshine, blue sky but COLD. I don't think we had frost though, we were forecast 2 degrees overnight. Most of the seeds I planted yesterday are in the dining room, but some had to be out in the Lidl growhouse thingummy as I've run out of space indoors - doubt much will be happening with them for a while!
I'm going to rebuild a little step this morning - that'll keep me warm. It's very makeshift, not proper building, just a slab on bricks, but I didn't have enough bricks when I first put it there so it's somewhat wobbly. Have been on a skip raid and so I'll make it much more stable with the extra bricks today. It's not the main step to the area, just a little gardener's nip through, so nothing fancy needed.
Time to wrap up warm!
24 Apr 2017 14:15
Ooh Auntyrach - I have those books, plus the birds one. Inherited from my Dad and apart from being lovely books they bring back lots of memories. Great find!
I've wanted to watch LofD but I haven't seen previous series and am not sure if that would be a problem? Advice from fans, please.
I would have loved to see your daughter's concert, Liri. She sounds incredibly talented and I love Mozart. My daughters will be at home for some years yet, but I'm not surprised to hear that you miss yours.
Did some seed sowing this morning - all rather late, and some was seed I'd gathered while out and about, so folded into random tissues and bits of newspaper. No idea when, either, so goodness knows if any of it'll germinate! Still, you have to give it a go, don't you?
23 Apr 2017 08:42
Morning all, afternoon Pat.
Lots of little birds here too - had the pleasure of finding myself very close to a goldcrest and a wren (not at the same time) this week. My feeder seems to be providing for a whole population of house sparrows, plus the usual blue tits, robins, great tits and coal tits. We also have a slightly annoying and not-small-at-all pigeon who waddles about near the feeder, picking up anything that drops and squashing any small plants in his path. We always have a few pigeons about but this one seems to have taken up residence - whenever we open the back door he appears from the undergrowth in an effortful flap of feathers to keep his distance until we return inside.
Sorry to hear about DD's setback, but I too am confident it's just a bump in the path. Good luck with the next bank DD.
And punkdoc - thinking of you. Hope you can find some equilibrium soon.
I have now experienced my first 3 days of 'routine' freedom (kids went back to school on Wednesday) and am thoroughly enjoying myself :-).
Have a good Sunday, everyone.
22 Apr 2017 09:29
Definitely no deer here! Nor rabbits, to my knowledge. If the garden was easily accessible I would have thought it was someone with secateurs too, treehugger. But it's not.
I've been blaming the foxes but it seems more likely to be mice or squirrels. And given that the b****y squirrels caused untold damage to my bulbs before they even got to sprout, I guess it probably is them. At this stage I guess there's nothing I can do to prevent them? There's a couple nesting in one of our trees so I will expect further damage from their offspring.
20 Apr 2017 16:41
Who, or rather what, do you think is doing this? I lost loads of bulbs at the squirrel-digging stage, but once those that were left had grown and formed buds I thought they were safe. Not so. Something has been nipping the flowers off - I've lost about half of them. Grrrr.
Occasionally it's lower down the stem and I've been able to retrieve the abandoned piece to put in a vase (tulips mainly, but also erythroniums). Usually it's just below the flower, quite a neat cut, and sometimes I find it nearby, sometimes not.
^ Queen of the Night. Just one left.
^ Appledoorn. Group of - er - three.
^ Spring Green. Another group of 'three'.
I initially thought foxes (we have loads, and it's sort of head height for them). But could it be birds? Very persistent pigeons here, also magpies, jays and parakeets (not seen the latter land at all though).
16 Apr 2017 20:21
Wonky that is fab, and really puts me to shame (still pondering position of lean to greenhouse and planning to have it done 'by the end of the year'!). Well done!
Fairy, yes please to the rain. The garden is so dry I had to water it properly on Friday. We were due rain most of today, but just had a very light shower for about 5 minutes this afternoon. None forecast for the next 10 days either (I may yet eat my words, of course). Amazing how different it can be at either end of the country.