Latest posts by Marinelilium


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 23:09

  JudyN I suspect you are a 'my glass is half-full type person'.  Could you give your dog (AKA gardening assistant) a snuggle from me please. I believe life is a barrel that is half-full with a dog beside you.My dog is gone but never forgotten. Was always at the end of my shadow while I gardened. Even if your 'helper ' unearths, or drinks your half barrel empty he is there!

My 'gardening assistant' would have loved to drink from a half-barrel pond. (Forget tap water or bottled mineral water - a puddle, bucket or ornamental pond would have been Champagne to him).

Spot the dog!


Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:38

thanks JudyN, I have my own gardening terminology:

Flolloping = unsupported plants falling over paths

Butt Gloop = semi solid ooze from the bottom of water butt

Scruffling = opportunistic but half-hearted weeding or scarifying with hand tools, just in passing

Crack-Shuffling = dragging your boots over patio pavers to rub out weeds, again, just in passing

Bin Buckerooing = balancing one more teetering bucketful on the compost whilst defying gravity

(there are other terms which cannot be shared on a forum; for things like finding cat poop in your gloves, that snails have had your seedlings or squirrels have unearthed your tulips when looking for their cache)


The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 15:10

Cheerfulness narcissi are well-named!  Early risers that shine out even on a grey day; small enough to pop in any pot but although' little' they fill the whole patio with perfume. These really are a teasing hint of the garden I am waiting to unfurl again.

Mine are in black ceramic pots with Osmanthus delavayi which blossoms at the same time - pots full of hope and promise.



Posted: 12/02/2017 at 14:33

JudyN,  have you thought about having a boggy barrel? Some marginals,  like Zantedeschia aethiopica, like wet feet and have some tolerance to shade. Lots of insects and vertebrates like foraging in squadge and you can place a container within the half barrel filled with water up to the squadgey soil level so they can get in and out.


First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 19:01

Yer, mus be da kwinnin *hic

First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 18:49

I  also use Gin and Tonic. It cools me down. Eventually.... I don't feel anything : )

First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 18:40

  This is my basic  summer gardening anti mozzie, anti sunburn and anti peastick-in-the-eyeball kit. My drug of choice is Loratadine One-a-Day antihistamine from Tesco. (A great antihistamine because you can still have alcohol as it doesn't interact like other A-Hs, win).

Boots sell ammonia pens to dab bites but I find tea tree oil is just as good.

Stubborn dry soil in the shady end of the garden

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 12:45

LadyC may I suggest Euonymus fortunei for really dry site. Mine is under a Cedrus deodara pendula in bone dry pine needles on sandy soil yet just thrives on my neglect. Not exciting, not flamboyant but lifts what would be a gloomy arid spot


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:35

Thanks will try that B3. So far antihistamines, hot soapy water, ice cubes in towel, gaffer tape to pull the microscopic fibres out and baby oil soak have not stopped the itch. 

I knew Euphorbias, tulips and hogweeds etc caused allergic dermatitis but only thought Pampas slashed your wrists - had not realised just how irritating they are. (Always disliked it )


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 17:21

....a quick 'heads up' for anyone raking up debris from Pampas grass. 

Where my fleece sleeve ended and before my gloves cuff the skin on my arm looks like I'be self-harmed! Only a few centimetres of skin exposed but OUCH. No surprise there because the leaves are like razors, but it itches like crazy. The swelling and itching only slightly lessened with antihistamines. I knew it was sharp but didn't expect this maddening itchiness that has lasted for days.

I have tried to destroy the wretched thing three knows!

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