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Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:29
My perrenial poppys are only just in bud and my knautia is struggling. Last year the poppies were flowering by now. Most other plants are at much the same stage as they were last year. I always keep my garden notes each year so I can check back . As you say tho', hopefully if we get our summer !! everything will grow at a pace. Here's hoping.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:21
Lovely day here in Bristol. Hubby had a day off today so he cut the grass. Still waiting for the strimmer to be repaired so either got to cut the edges by hand or wait and keep looking at untidy long grass. Strawberries looking good, just need a bit more consistant sunshine to ripen them. Did'nt manage to get anything else done as we went to our favourite garden centre for a little wander and a cup of tea and cake.

Name please

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 18:58
Is it a bergenia (elephants ears )? Not sure having never grown it.Next door have some in their front garden and it looks quite like that. Sorry I cant be very helpful.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 18:55
Never have, but I cant see why it would'nt work. You could always grow them over other plants and shrubs as well.

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 18:47
We still have quite a lot of birds, especially sparrows, but its the same every year about this time. After the young have fledged birds moult and are more susceptable to bigger birds, ie. hawks and magpies, attacking them. Once they have grown their new feathers you will probably see more. There is a distinct lack of starlings overall tho', but sparrows and blackbirds are doing really well here in my garden in Bristol.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 22:25
Yes, really lovely pics. Not messy from what I can see, but I like the overgrown look, nothing formal for me. (not that Im saying yours is overgrown), just that I like gardens to be a bit on the wild side. Yep Wintersong, thats the one, Eucalyptus Gunnii, I remember now. I love it. My neighbour is a florist and whenever we give it a good cut back she has some of the smaller branches for her bouquets etc.

Shrub suggestions

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 22:09
Photinia 'Red Robin' is a good shrub. Evergreen and the new leaves are red also flowers in summer. Eleangus is also good for all year leaf colour, yellow/silver.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 22:03
Had a fab day pottering in the garden today. Dug a bit more of the border and planted the last two plants I bought last week, a white scabious and a red day lily. Im glad your new border took so well Zoomer44. I still have a bit of a way to go with mine but I will get there. I am already planning what I will plant there.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 12:26
The sun is shining (in between the clouds ) and have managed to get out and do some weeding. Mother in law not feeling too good today so wants her planting done another day. I am trying to dig over a new border but it has got so many shoots of quince in it 'tis a nightmare to dig. I only keep the quince as the birds love it but am getting mighty fed up of all the new shoots. I think its days are numbered. Will have to have a think about it and see what I can replace it with.
The orange blossom is flowering and smells delightful. It was a cutting my late mum took of hers so am always pleased when it comes out. Rest over better get back out while the sun is still shining.

Slug Pellets

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:25
I use the advanced slug pellets. I also go out after rain (sometimes when it is raining) armed with my trusty slug knife and slice any I see. I spend too much on my plants to have them eaten by these slimy critters. I love wildlife, especially the birds so would not use anything that I thought would harm them.

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