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Warm Autumn

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 17:34

Just noticed one of my new Dianthus in full pink flower.  It's in a planted up old 1940s galvanised two handled bath, with some Salvia Christine Yeo.  The plants looked better in the bath than I would this time of year!

Lots of huddling Ladybirds indoors, but not so many spiders - YET.

Grassed area quite wet & soggy, many worm casts can be hazzardously slippery.

Early flowering Camelia with small deep pink flowers should be out soon.

Happy gardening all

New Garden, New to Gardening - help!

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:05

A couple of years ago we visited a group of open gardens and one had very similar dimensions to your.  Nearest the entrance to the garden a path started and wound its' way from one side to the other of the garden to end in a sitting area completely secluded and painted shed draped with climbers.  The planting was a mix of tall & small shrubs, that generally hid the fencing.  The shrubs were kept tidy in their spaces by careful pruning, some shrubs having no lower branches to create space for other plants.  The scheme was held together by plants dotted along the path of two colour,s silver and blue.  The garden even had a small sunken area and there was also bamboo among the planting!  We have been to many gardens but this one always comes to mind as one where the owner triumphed over a fairly difficult space.

The Euonymus in the bottom picture is a plant I value in my garden.  I have it climbing up a wall and also up chunky trellis.  It can be clipped hard, gives colour all year round and has fluffy cream flowers when established.  I think the next picture up might be a Magnolia? and the next picture up possibly from the Privet family - if it is it is a good one to clip, I have a golden type clipped into a 'tube', but need to cut out where it tries to revert to green leaves.

Thinking about the light in your garden you might be able to colour the fencing with one of the lighter coloured paints available to reflect light back into the garden?  And your idea of raised beds is a good one, easier to weed, we have made ours out of decking boards lined around the depth with used compost bags - dark side out, cut & stapled to the inside of the decking boards and the filled.  Works a treat, and is strong enough to contain the soil. I agree I would put the raised beds where they can get as much open light as possible to ensure maximum growth and, if you grow fruit/tomatoes, maximum ripening.


Good luck


Best wishes



Rain damaged campanula

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 19:54

I agree, there is nothing to lose by cutting them down.  It will re-invigorate them, and as Lyn says, may well give you some more flowers.


Good Luck.

identification please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:50


I am just wondering if it might be an Echium Pininana?  The leaves look similar, and the plant looks quite vigorous.  Just a thought.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 06:25


I usually use a mix of compost, vermiculite & horticultural grit, Cornish grit if I can get it.

The link above is really helpful = thanks nutcutlet.

Smog going to get us?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:48

Well being on a farm, it's always the silage & other organice matter.  Luverly 

what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:45


I might just give that a go.  The hedge creates privacy from our neighbour and the alternative is planting something else and waiting for it to grow.  I had a similar problem with Pyracantha and wondered if both have the same fungus.

I will get my pruners out at the week-end a see what happens.  It would be a shame to loose such pretty flowers.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:35

No not today, but I did go out and look at my Corylopsis pauciflora & Corylopsis spicata.  The wonderful Camelias we bought while in Cornwall are coming into their own now.  Beautiful.  I visited the seed trays in the greenhouse.  Lots coming up, and still more to sow!  Also, the Crassula (variety unknow) still looks amazing covered in a froth of starry pink flowers.  Dreamy.  I am now thinking about the week-end and getting stuck into pruning, tidying........etc Oh, and The Voice


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:23


Yes I agree sow them now, they need to be in a warm place and the compost needs to be kept damp to help the seed 'break'. The seeds are a bit hard.  I find that for the first year I keep the seedlings in the same pot. Putting them outside when frosts have gone in a light place.  You coud sink the pot in the ground and then lift the pot when the frosts come again. Give them a bit of food through the season before overwintering them in a frost free place with little water.  I then pot on in early spring the following year giving them a bit of dilute tomato food around March.  Again I leave them in this pot for the second year giving them a feed now and again.  Overwinter again and then plant out or keep in a larger pot remebering that Agapanthus like a 'tightish' pot. 

It does take a while but it is worth it.  You might even get an unusual type come up!

Good luck


what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:13


I think this shrub is an Escallonia, maybe the variety 'Apple Blossom'.  You are right, bees love it and it is very pretty in flower.  Mine also gets spots on it and the leaves fall a bit.  I have just checked the net and there is a leaf fungus that seems to attack Escallonia. do have some advice that might help, but it looks a bit tricky to cure organically.

I think the time has come for me to plant something else. 




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