Latest posts by lilysilly

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Plant propagation

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 20:47

For a book that explains every plant propagation technique you'll ever need, with clear advice and pictures l recommend Grow Your Own Garden by Carol Klein.

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 16:23

I tried snowdrop bulbs once , sadly not one made it. This spring l bought some little double snowdrops that were still in flower but reduced very cheaply so I'm hoping to get some flowers next year. So good luck with yours l expect l was unlucky and pests got mine. I've just bought some little blue wood anemone corms to try for the first time under some shrubs. I've had success with some large blue /purple crocuses, they've flowered for a few years now. I love those little irises but l have to treat them as annuals as they divide themselves too much to flower again, but at least they aren't very expensive.

What are your 'essentials'?

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 16:05

This is my new onion hoe brilliant little tool  Laying down gardening is often the only way that's pain free for me. Luckily my borders are next to grass or path so an even surface to lay on. I used to worry that a neighbour might see me and think me crazy but now l couldn't care less. Needs must 😁

What are your 'essentials'?

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:40

I suffer with a bad knee after an accident years ago so kneeling to weed can be difficult. I've kept some polystyrene packaging approx 60cm square, 5cm deep that l now kneel on. These l find better than cushioned kneeling pads. I also bought a onion hoe approx 60cm long for weeding the back of my borders it's great for getting around shrubs and under rose bushes. I've also got an old rug that l will lay down on my front and weed  and plant from if my back is playing up. Where there's a will there's a way sometimes with my aches and pains. I also couldn't be without a couple of those deep flexible plastic trug bucket thingys for carrying stuff and as weed collectors.

Garden invasion!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:18

My children had a trampoline when they were younger and used it almost daily , even in winter. In the summer we'd put up a 10ft inflatable pool, one with a filter. They would bounce off the trampoline into the pool creating a massive splash. Luckily the pool went onto the patio so no ruined lawn. My two are adults now but still talk about those happy summer's . We'd also often have their friends over and they'd all queue up for a go.The amount of bottled squash, ice lollies and towels I'd get through. Happy days. The trampoline and pool got passed on to my niece for her family to enjoy when my two grew too big. Enjoy this time Karen ,they grow up so quickly.

Look out for the bargains

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 13:23

Back from Cornwall now Verdun. Alas, didn't make it to Par Wyevale. Went down for family members 60th birthday party/ barbecue and ended up doing most of the catering with the birthday girls daughter as she was struggling by herself. Didn't get a chance to pop in and practice my haggling skills. I was given a lovely selection of plants from birthday girls garden though as a thank you though. 2 agapanthus Black Budda, geum Lady Strathsummit, a burgundy astrantia, some candlestick primulas and an orange daisy thingy.

Look out for the bargains

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 19:48

Got a couple of those best geum ever for me flowers for months. Need some more rudbeckias or heliniums .😁

Wedding flowers/plants

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 19:10

I helped a friend throw a surprise 50th birthday for his sister in August last year. That too was a blue and white theme with a country style. I managed to  buy from charity shops a eclectic mix of blue and white willow pattern cups and saucers. Into these I planted white geraniums that I'd luckily grown from cuttings ( took in early April from overwintered large plant). They were growing in a 9cm pot and l just took some of the compost of the bottom and squished them in the teacups . The flowers really popped in the dimmed lighting. At the end of the evening family members took them home as a memento. I raided my garden for blue flowers for a couple of large displays. One for the hall lobby and one for the birthday girls table. So l had agapanthus northern star and Taw Valley, dark blue, phlox white admiral, tall white daisies  and lots of looted greenery from many friends gardens. These were displayed in borrowed blue and white jugs and looked lovely. Oh my friend did buy some blue larkspar from a florest for the large displays. I can't think of anything blue flowering now that could go into a pot for August display. 

Look out for the bargains

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 18:16

Might pop into the Par branch that's the nearest to where I'm going. As for haggling I'm a bit shy but OH is fearless so does it for me. In need of some more orange perennials for front garden, and there's a blue hardy geranium I'm after . Thanks Verdun.

Look out for the bargains

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:44

Verdun, what GC did you get these amazing bargains from please. I'm going Cornwall tomorrow for the weekend and could manage a slight detour.

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